There is friction between Mac Jones and the New England Patriots. The NFL news cycle spit out a new rumor that Jones has an attitude problem. An ego problem.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer and the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin both reported different variations of this, and it became a talking point. Volin, who appeared on Boston radio to throw out that Jones has attitude problems and “everyone in the building knows it.”
Volin told the hosts of the Greg Hill Show to not take it as a report and he wouldn’t put it in the Globe, but then said they could call it a report if they want, he was just shedding light on “stuff” he’s heard. Volin knew exactly what he was doing by throwing that out there on a Boston sports talk radio show.
Jones’ replacement at QB, while he has out injured, rookie Bailey Zappe had another solid perfomance in Sunday’s blowout win over the Browns.
Jones has missed the past three games due to a high ankle sprain. Now, reports of a declining relationship between the 2021 first-rounder and the organization and the relationship with the organization has gone “sideways.”
Jones was curious about some of the team’s decisions, such as utilizing Patricia and Joe Judge to replace outgoing offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Head Coach Bill Belichick’s response when asked about who the Pats will start at QB when Jones is 100 percent again. He declined to commit to Jones or Bailey Zappe.
It’s premature to believe a genuine QB controversy is brewing in New England or that the franchise is starting to waffle on Jones as the starter beyond this campaign.
Patriots QB Mac Jones. Photo courtsey of John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images