Jones was benched in both of the first two games, which were utter blowouts. After tossing a red-zone interception two weeks prior, he was benched in a one-score game against the Colts, and Bailey Zappe took over once more.
Following the Germany match, in which the head coach Bill Belichick claimed he substituted Zappe because he felt it was “time for a change” after the Patriots lost 10–6.
The squad just can’t seem to find their attacking spark this season, and Zappe hasn’t shown to be the solution for a poor offence.
What happened to Mac Jones?
Mac Jones was substituted by Bailey Zappe yet again on account of his poor performance this season.
After having a week off, the club struggled against the 3-8 Giants, with Jones starting at the position once more.
Jones finished the first quarter with an ugly interception after just going 4-for-9 for 37 yards. On a long out, the quarterback found Demario Douglas, who was well-covered, with a pass that went over Douglas’ head and into Deonte Banks’ hands.
The Giants then got things rolling right away thanks to a 19-yard touchdown run by Saquon Barkley, who put the team in position to score.
The Giants eventually punted the ball back to New England, but fortunately for the Patriots, they were unable to capitalise.
With 2:0 remaining in the first half, the teams were scoreless after trading punts and Jones interceptions.
When the team was about to score a field goal and finally put together a strong run, Jones threw a crushing interception to end the momentum.
Jones passed the ball to linebacker Bobby Okereke when the Patriots were inside the Giants’ 30-yard line, and Okereke returned it all the way to the New England 26-yard line.
The Giants took advantage of the situation when Isaiah Hodgins brought in a 12-yard throw and, at last, made it to the end zone.
Jones completed the first half’s remaining minutes. Even though the Patriots rallied following his fumble at the end of the second quarter, it appeared to be the final nail in the coffin because he was never going to return.
Jones completed 12 of his 21 pass attempts for just 89 yards and two interceptions in the first half.
Who was brought in lieu of Mac Jones?
In lieu of Jones, Zappe has completed just 40% of his throws for 104 yards and one interception thus far this season.
While he did have a few shining moments this season, Jones has primarily battled with ball security.
With 12 interceptions, he is only one shy of the league lead and has played a significant role in New England’s 2–8 start. They have also seriously cast doubt on his prospects, both short- and long-term.
Bailey Zappe hasn’t done much better, of course. He completed just 10-of-25 passes for 104 yards and one interception in his first three games as a backup.
Still, in the week before the Giants game, New England chose to divide reps between the two. Zappe can now demonstrate whether he deserves to work the entire burden starting in Week 13.
It will be interesting to watch who will secure a stable position for themselves in the Patrons’ team.
The poor performance from both the quarterbacks has the patrons’ fans and the wider football community on their hair, and only a miraculous performance from either can revive the audience’s hopes of seeing the Patrons succeed.