The back and forth of second-year quarterback Mac Jones and rookie Bailey Zappe is bringing chaos within Patriots fandom.
Bill Belichick's decision to play the still-obviously-injured Jones through a high ankle sprain Monday night proved, uh, bad as the Pats fell behind to the freakin' Bears, 10-0. Jones threw just six passes, completing three, with one interception.
Obviously, a fired-up Boston crowd urged Belichick to put Zappe, who'd led the team to two straight wins in Jones' absence, back on the field. When Zappe came in, the tide began to turn, until it didn't. New England took a 14-10 lead, then proceeded to give up 23 unanswered points off three Zappe turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble).
Why did Belichick create this unnecessary drama? Are either of these quarterbacks good? Why do they look like twins? Now what?
All are valid questions, and so far, Belichick's response is to name Jones the starter. ESPN says he played 90% of the first-team reps in practice on Wednesday, though the two-QB approach hasn't explicitly been shut down.
Luckily, on the outside it appears there's no animosity between the quarterbacks but the vibes... the vibes are weird.
Despite the quarterback churn, New England has the fifth-best completion percentage (68.2) in the NFL
The problem is the misses. The Pats are tied for the league lead in interceptions with nine thrown
The backfield is efficient in the red zone. New England has already logged nine rushing touchdowns, tied for third-most