With consecutive wins by 23 or more points, things may seem like they’re all sunshine and rainbows in Foxborough these days. But according to one NFL insider, that’s not entirely true.
Appearing on the Dan Patrick show, senior NFL reporter Albert Breer provided details regarding the growing tension between the Patriots’ front office and their young starting quarterback, Mac Jones.
When questioned whether things had “gone sideways” between Jones and the organization, Breer confirmed the report, pointing to multiple issues that appear to be dividing the two parties.
Breer acknowledges the fact that Jones is “a big ‘why’ guy,” meaning he always wants to know why the team is doing what they’re doing. Meanwhile, as Breer points out, the Patriots have never really run their team in that fashion. It’s always been more of a “Just do your job and don’t ask questions” type of setup under Bill Belichick and company.
Some of the issues Breer eventually gets into are the team’s decision to hire a defensive-minded coach to run the offense, as well as the handling of Jones’ recent high ankle sprain. Apparently, the team had originally wanted him to undergo surgery, while Jones and his camp believed that rest was the best course of action.
Perhaps the most juicy detail that emerged from this conversation, however, was the fact that Breer believes the Patriots could be using Bailey Zappe to teach Jones a lesson. Here’s how he put it:
“I think Mac’s getting his job back. I think that there’s a little bit of a lesson being taught here where it’s, ‘Look, we’re putting a fourth-round rookie from Western Kentucky out there. Look what happens when he does what we tell him to.”
Here’s a look at the entire interview:
Jones is still recovering from the high ankle sprain but it’s believed that he could return any week now. It’ll be interesting to see how the Patriots go about this now, with the offense currently rolling under Zappe.
Does Bill Belichick go back to his first-round, sophomore quarterback? Or does he continue to roll with the fourth-round rookie? Stay tuned.
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