Mac Jones completed 24-of-38 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in New England’s Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills. Those are very good numbers for a rookie in their very first playoff game. However, it was nothing more he could’ve done with the Patriots defense not being able to stop the Buffalo Bills from scoring all game long.
“Bill Belichick wants Super Bowls,” Cowherd said. “Good luck being absolutely a tier below.”
“Josh Allen in the last two games has been so devastating, unstoppable and jaw-dropping,” Cowherd said, “could Belichick — and this was a great defense — be thinking, ‘I probably gotta trade Mac Jones, because if this is a gunfight, I’m not sufficiently armed’? That was the best cold-weather performance I’ve ever seen by a quarterback. … And Mac Jones, by the way … Mac wasn’t terrible. But the league has changed. Belichick is 70. Mac Jones has value. He is a free player for three years at the most vital position. You can win with Tua (Tagovailoa) and Mac Jones. And, for some organizations, that’s what they’re looking at.
“Belichick wants Super Bowls. (Patrick) Mahomes, (Justin) Herbert, (Joe) Burrow, Josh Allen — good luck. Be absolutely a tier below. … We talk Saints, Bears, Raiders. Is Belichick this morning, who has a history of moving off popular players, he would’ve moved off (Tom) Brady, looking at this and going, ‘OK, I gotta face (Allen) 10 times in the next five years, minimum’? This isn’t the Brady era where all of the quarterbacks and most of the coaches were stiffs.”
Cowherd added: “Does (Belichick) look at that and think, ‘I have created value for Mac Jones’? There’s nine teams that need a quarterback. We’re talking about where Russell Wilson’s going — nobody mentions New England. I’d like to have that defense, that offensive coordinator and that head coach.”
Mac Jones was the top rookie quarterback in 2021 as he threw for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. It’s hard to believe that the Patriots would give up on on Jones after one season.
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