Albert Breer: Patriots believe Mac Jones has the “yips”
On Wednesday’s edition of Zolak & Bertrand, Albert Breer noted that Patriots think Mac Jones might be dealing with a version of the “yips.”
It’s a whole Chuck Knoblauch situation…
Leroy Irvin: I’m just curious, like what kind of impact do you think Belichick not really naming a starter for the Giants game he’s going to have on the team when it’s really time to play?
Albert Breer: You know what’s funny is like, I actually think, he genuinely doesn’t know who’s going to be a starter. I think that’s a huge part of what’s happening here. My feeling is they came out of that game with the Colts thinking, we probably can’t go back to Mac, right? At least not right away, because I think what they at least believe is a case of the yips. And what that means is it’s in his head. He’s messed up.
It’s the whole like Chuck Knoblauch can’t throw from second thing. And you can see it like on the first and last throws of the first half against the Colts and of course the interception at the end. Where his feet are just a complete mess. That’s usually a pretty good sign that… you know that and like looking at the rush, like his eyes dropping, are two pretty good signs that the guy might need a reset.
The problem is, is that they went through the tape and they get to practice last week and I think for the staff at least there was like this oh, crap moment where it was like we still might have to go with him because he’s still probably our best option. And so I think it’s hard for the coaching staff right now to sell Mac back to the team after what everybody’s been through the last few weeks. But I also think it’s hard for them to sell, you know, Will Grier or Bailey Zappe to the team, you know, one they picked up off the street in September. The other they cut and brought back on the practice squad after training camp. So, I actually think Bill probably did the right thing here.