Nick Wright: “It seems that everyone watched a different game than me last night. The takeaway last night for a lot of people was ‘MAC JONES! 19 STRAIGHT COMPLETIONS! LOOKING GOOD! OF ALL THE ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS LOOK AT STEADY EDDY MAC JONES!’ But I watched that game and thought ‘If I’m a Pats fan I am incredibly depressed that my quarterback ostensibly for the next decade has a ceiling as high as a one-floor house.' Do you know how I know that the Patriots deep down don’t yet trust Mac Jones? Because Bill Belichick told you by making an indefensible coaching decision. The Pats had 4th and 3, less than a minute left, the ball right on the edge of field goal range, and Bill Belichick – the smartest and greatest coach in NFL history, had to choose between Mac Jones getting three yards, or jog out a kicker drafted during the Bush administration who last made a 55-yarder during the Obama administration, kicking outdoors in a driving rainstorm, then hoping your defense can hold on for dear life. Bill Belichick told you he couldn’t trust the quarterback and kicked the field goal. It told you all you need to know. Did you see Zach Wilson yesterday? Sometimes letting your quarterback play without training wheels, they can learn to ride that bike faster than you imagine. Then you have the Patriots with the dink and dunk and screen pass with Mac Jones because they don’t trust him to throw the ball 15, let alone 20 yards down the field. He did it once yesterday and it was caught by the Buccaneers. This isn’t Nick Wright’s opinion on Mac Jones, it’s Bill Belichick’s. There were no moral victories last night.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Nick Wright, filling in for Colin Cowherd, explain why he wasn’t impressed with Mac Jones’ performance in their 19-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football, saying all he saw was a rookie quarterback with a low ceiling throwing a bunch of dinks and dunks.
Jones finished the game with 275 yards on 31-40 completions, with two touchdowns and one interception, but posted just a 46.0 QBR for the night, which was even lower than Tom Brady’s score of 55.8, despite his meager 22/43/269 line with zero touchdowns.
Check out the video above as Wright details why Bill Belichick’s controversial decision to attempt a 56-yard field goal on 4th and 3 with less than a minute to play was an indictment on how little trust they have in Jones.