Mike Reiss: Not sensing a major push with players for QB change
Leroy Irvin: Is there energy and passion in that Patriots locker room? That’s what we need to know. That’s what we want to know.
Mike Reiss: You know what’s interesting, guys? I would say in the locker room, yes. You know, I think in the media room when Bill comes in, no, because he’s not he’s not bringing the energy. It’s sort of the same thing. It’s consistent. Right. His approach, he’s always so consistent. He came in today as an example, I was down there this morning, walked in like he always does. Asked everyone, you know, are you recovered from the bye weekend? You know, makes like a pleasant entry and then just gets into the Giants and just starts talking about the next team.
He does that every time the week starts and it’s consistent. And of course, we’re all there as reporters and we’re curious about the quarterback situation. He knows we’re going to ask about it. Didn’t mention it in his open. You know, it’s just all about the next game, the Giants. And so to your point about energy, you know, you don’t feel it in that setting, right? But among the players guys, I actually think that the players have kept it despite the bad results.
Cerrone Battle: So when you see that from the players, you see the energy from them, what do you think the sense of… like you hear stories of 80% of the locker rooms, you know, losing faith in the quarterback or whatever. Then all you see, I think I can be one of the players today said, whoever is going to be quarterback, we’re going to support them. But does that kind of feel like a contradiction to some of the reports of them losing faith in, say, Jones? You know, so do you think they’ve they’ve moved on from the way they were feeling now and have faith in whoever steps in and takes that position?
Mike Reiss: There’s a lot there’s a lot there. And so so I start with this. So the 80% like, that’s a big topic of conversation. So this was from a great reporter who covers the team, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald. He does really, really good work. I can only speak for myself being in the locker room like it’s hard to poll a locker room and get a feeling of like, okay, it’s 60/40 or it’s, you know, 50/50. Like it’s hard because everyone looks at it differently. So from my perspective, like offensively, I can’t think of too many players just based on the way they’re playing as an offense that could look at the quarterback and say, I’ve lost faith in them before they look at themselves. So that part, to me, that’s 50% of the pie.
Defensively, I think that’s fair. Like if I’m a defensive player, just human nature, I’m busting my tail. For the most part, I’ve been the strength of the team. Like, yeah, I probably have lost a little faith in the quarterback, right? Like that would only be natural to feel that way. But I do have tell you, I don’t sense there’s a groundswell of like, we got to go to Bailey’ Zappe or we got to go to Will Grier. Like, I don’t feel that when I’m down there. So there’s a lot there with a topic like that.