New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 25: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

On Tuesday’s edition of Zolak & Bertrand, Scott Zolak refused to say the Patriots have ruined Mac Jones this season.

  • Mac Jones has been stunted, not ruined

    Beetle: Have they ruined him? I’m starting to fear they have.

    Zo: He’s not letting it rip. He’s let it rip one time and it was a pass to Hunter Henry down the seam and that looked like old Patriots football. Why? It was quick play-action, fake, boom, tight end right down the seam, Cover 2, easy read, easy read for Hunter, free release, that looked like old Patriots football to me.

    Beetle: When a team ruins a quarterback, it doesn’t happen in a day’s time. It’s a gradual progression to the quarterback being ruined. And our big fear this year was that when you completely change an offense, year two, that’s the playbook of ruining quarterbacks.

    Zo: Ruins a big word, I think ruins a strong word.

    Beetle: Well, if you went from thinking that Mac Jones could be a top ten or even a top five quarterback in the league, as plenty of people did a year ago, they’re certainly not saying that now. The ceiling has certainly been lowered.

    Zo: How about the word stunted? Have you stunted the growth of the quarterback? I think you have a little bit.

    Beetle: When you say ruin, you mean like… you’re out of the league.

    Zo: You can’t play anymore. That is not the case. No, he’s not ruined. I saw him play too well last year.

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