The New England Patriots lost to the Indianapolis Colts in brutal fashion by a 10-6 score on Sunday. It was a rough day especially for Patriots’ quarterback Mac Jones, who was benched late in the fourth quarter.
This is not the first time that Jones has been benched this season. The former first-round pick has struggled throughout the year and has been benched three times this year alone.
He threw for 170 yards and an interception in the loss. It was the fourth game this season that he did not throw for a touchdown pass. All in all, his shaky performance raised further questions about his future in New England.
Twitter had a lot to say about Jones being benched for Bailey Zappe. Here are some of the opinions popping up on social media:
It was a poor decision. Mac was the better choice at that point in the game. If he was going to take Mac out, it should have been in the second half.
— Salvatore Carcia (@turfpunter) November 12, 2023
Was it me, or did it seem like he’s lost confidence in Mac Jones.
— Harry Scondras (@Scondrasht) November 12, 2023
Can't blame it on the d ! U can't blame it on the o line ! Can't blame it on recievers under thrown overthrown missing wit open gesicki to to win the game just awful Mac jones u deserved benching
— d (@OGBOOGY_) November 12, 2023
Bill Belichick’s attempt to divert blame by benching Mac Jones with 1 minute on the clock is pathetic. Jones should have been benched weeks ago… #Patriots
— John McLellan (@jdmclellan4) November 12, 2023
belichick benching mac jones right with 2 minutes left in the game for his backup 2nd year QB is such an old head move idc
— 🗣 (@84airness) November 12, 2023
Pats benching Mac Jones for Bailey Zappe pic.twitter.com/G3V6XMdaG9
— Slim Shwayze (@TokenBK1) November 12, 2023
I don't know if benching @MacJones_10 helps (with his poor decision making almost certainly resulting in more losses) or hurts (with his poor decision making only reinforcing how terrible a pick he was).
— Brian C (@FanoftheOBX) November 12, 2023
bill belichick with the all time move benching Mac Jones in Germany on the last possession of the game, for Bailey Zappe.. only to throw into quadruple coverage interception.. pricelesss
— thrtytwo (@thrtytwwo) November 12, 2023
I don’t wish anybody to lose their jobs. I have been there. But, Bill Belichick benching his 1st round draft pick pick quarterback, down 4 points, under 2 minutes to go, and losing …. It smacks of professional malpractice. He chose Mac Jones. And tossed him aside. #Patriots
— Brad Porter (@bradkporter) November 12, 2023
If I’m Mac Jones at some point yall gone stop benching me or trade me… https://t.co/JHVyaYsKsD
— JLou (@itsjusj0rdan) November 12, 2023
In simpler terms. I’m sick of Mac Jones.
— Justoe #ForeverNE (@DreadheadUnruly) November 12, 2023
Mac Jones is fine, the coaches just need to trust him then they’ll score TDs. Like that movie Angels in the Outfield
— Stacy Goldstein (@realStacyGold) November 12, 2023
The more we are seeing Mac Jones regress I think it is more obvious NE should draft the highest top QB in next years draft. I don’t think Mac Jones will have the opportunity to play out his final contract season as a starter after 2024. NE is going to need a QB next season
— Inside The Edge 𖣐 (@InsideTheEdge_) November 12, 2023
The Mac Jones era is over in Foxborough. Belichick didn't even wait until the end of the game and bye week to bench him. Make Zappe the starter for the rest of the season and take a QB with what should be a Top 5 draft pick.
— Nate the Sports Guy (@HumbleSportsGuy) November 12, 2023
Patriots gotta bench Mac Jones
— Blazey Boy (@Biggheadboy) November 12, 2023
I’m sorry but Bill needs to let Mac Jones try to make up for his misread and let him try to lead a game winning drive. Have your guys back instead of bringing in someone cold from the bench in that situation.
— Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) November 12, 2023
If you can’t make a throw any high school QB can make you’d be on my bench too. Situation doesn’t matter because any professional should’ve made that throw. This is after many donkey decisions throughout the game. Mac Jones was not going to win that game, period
— tysonfisher.eth (@tysonjfisher) November 12, 2023
As someone who invested in Mac Jones' yardage over…it's time to bench Mac Jones. #ForeverNE
— Brett Bosse (@BetsWithBrett) November 12, 2023
I’m sorry correct me if I’m wrong but did the Patriots bench Mac Jones because of interceptions just for Zappe to throw the game ending interception? pic.twitter.com/T6O6IySFG5
— peanut butter and jealous (@missed_3pointer) November 12, 2023
🗣️ Bench Mac Jones 🗣️
— Olson (@ColinOl46715378) November 12, 2023