With Bailey Zappe as their starting quarterback on Sunday, the New England Patriots easily won their second straight game. This has raised a lot of concerns about whether the youngster could continue to serve as the starting quarterback even once Mac Jones is fully recovered. Naturally, Bill Belichick dislikes questions like those.
Belichick was asked if Jones will start for New England in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears if the former Alabama star is fully recovered from his ankle injury during his Monday morning appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.” The coach did not respond.
the rookie recovered a muffed punt and presented the ball to Bill Belichick 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/S4wTdTZ6AI
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 16, 2022
“Yesterday, that wasn’t an option. There was really no way to play him because he wasn’t involved in the game, according to Belichick. Later, the presenters attempted a different approach by inquiring of Belichick whether Zappe is vying for the full-time starting position. Belichick replied the same way but in a different way.
Every player must be prepared to play. They’re supposed to do that, Belichick stated. There isn’t really anything to talk about because Mac wasn’t active yesterday.
It should come as no surprise that Belichick does not want the public or his potential rivals to be aware of his opinions regarding the Patriots’ quarterback predicament. The fact that he won’t commit to Jones, however, is notable. The former first-round choice might be worried about losing his job if he is conveying that same message in private.
For 309 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions on 24/34 passing, Zappe led New England to a 38-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns. He was incredibly effective the week before when the Patriots defeated the Detroit Lions 29-0, going 17 of 21 for 188 yards, a score, and an interception on a tipped pass. Zappa’s consistent performance has at least allowed the Pats the luxury of delaying Jones’ return.