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#pounditTuesday, November 28, 2023

Bill Belichick has interesting response to Mac Jones question

Mac Jones looks on

Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots’ offense looked better for certain stretches when Mac Jones was out with an injury, and a lot of people feel they should give another quarterback a shot over final three games of the season. Bill Belichick has not indicated that he is considering that. He has not ruled it out, either.

Belichick was asked on Wednesday if his plan is to stick with Jones for the remainder of the season. He responded that “the plan is to try to beat Cincinnati,” whom the Patriots host on Saturday.

That wasn’t quite “we’re onto Cincinnati,” but the message was basically the same. It is also the exact type of response we have grown accustomed to from Belichick when he is asked a question about the future.

Of course, Belichick could have easily said Jones will remain under certain over the final three weeks as long as he stays healthy. While that would have been out of character for the 70-year-old coach, it would not have been unprecedented. He was asked similar questions when Tom Brady was with the Patriots, and Belichick reacted a lot differently.

Jones has thrown for just 2,310 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 11 games this season. New England’s offense has been a total disaster, though coaching and scheme have been huge issues. Jones has been openly frustrated with the playcalling during games.

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