The problem with winning a lot, if such a thing can be said, is that you know what winning looks like. More importantly, you know what losing looks like, too. And you have a good knowledge of the very vast space in between.
Which brings us to Mac Jones.
Now halfway through his second NFL season, Jones has indisputably regressed this season, plummeting toward the bottom NFL quarterback rankings in a variety of categories. The question is why. The Patriots have a bad offensive line and inexperienced offensive coaches, and that combination can make it difficult to evaluate in a sport where vacuums don’t exist.
Is Jones a bad quarterback, per se? No. But again, that’s not the question. The question is whether he’s good enough to go where the Patriots and their fans want him to take them.
And it doesn’t feel like he is.