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'Thought it was time for a change,' Bill Belichick says on benching QB Mac Jones

The Patriots' struggles raise questions about the end of an era after facing embarrassing losses.

Patriots take a horrible loss to the Colts in Germany. Photo: Patriots Instagram
Patriots take a horrible loss to the Colts in Germany. Photo: Patriots Instagram

In a shocking turn of events, the New England Patriots find themselves in the midst of a disheartening season, signaling a potential end to the dynasty that has defined the team for nearly two decades. The lingering question: Was Tom Brady the glue that held the organization together?


The Patriots' recent string of embarrassing losses has left fans and pundits questioning the team's direction. Mac Jones, the once-promising quarterback, has faced benchings, and the backup quarterbacks have failed to provide a solution. The team's woeful performance in Frankfurt, Germany, particularly in their 10-6 loss to the Colts, has amplified concerns about the once-mighty Patriots.


Following a disastrous red-zone interception by Jones in the fourth quarter, head coach Bill Belichick made the bold decision to bench him. The move, however, did not lead to the desired turnaround. Backup Bailey Zappe failed to salvage the game, throwing a game-sealing pick after attempting a risky play.

Mac Jones has now been benched and no set starter has been named after loss to the Colts. Photo: Patriots Instagram
Mac Jones has now been benched and no set starter has been named after loss to the Colts. Photo: Patriots Instagram

Belichick, known for his strategic coaching decisions, remained tight-lipped about the quarterback situation for the upcoming games, stating, "We'll deal with next week, next week." The Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft, expressed disappointment with the team's 2-7 start to the season, acknowledging that it was not the outcome they had expected.


Jones, who finished the game with a modest 15-of-20 passing for 170 yards and one interception, faced criticism for his decision-making and hesitancy to throw downfield. The Patriots' offensive struggles were evident in their failure to score a touchdown for the third time this season, with a notable 0-of-4 performance in the red zone against the Colts.

Jones has not shown the promise expected for the Patriots. Photo: Patriots Instagram
Jones has not shown the promise expected for the Patriots. Photo: Patriots Instagram

The international stage did not provide a much-needed spark for the Patriots, and the 2-8 record ties for the worst start in the Belichick era were challenges back then began in 2000. Belichick acknowledged the disappointment in the season but urged the team to keep going with seven games remaining.


As the Patriots head into their bye week, the looming question is whether Jones will remain the starting quarterback. The franchise, synonymous with success, faces a critical juncture that could bring about significant changes. The once-dominant Patriots are now left grappling with uncertainty, and the future of this storied franchise hangs in the balance.









This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a new writer on the MTMV Sports platform. I am a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, dog mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow my writings as I dive into the latest sports news! You can find me on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.


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