The 2023 season has been an unusually miserable one for the New England Patriots, and as a result, major changes could be about to take place.
There have been plenty of rumors that longtime head coach Bill Belichick could be on his way out, either by getting fired or simply deciding to move on.
There is also plenty of uncertainty about quarterback Mac Jones, who was once thought to be the Patriots’ next franchise quarterback until he started struggling last year and especially this year.
Albert Breer said on the “Dan Patrick Show” that if Belichick is still coaching the team in 2024, Jones will not be there.
Is Mac Jones done with the Patriots long term? @AlbertBreer thinks if Bill Belichick is still there next season, Mac won’t be back.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) November 30, 2023
Jones has completed 64.9 percent of his pass attempts and thrown for 10 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions so far this season, and he has been benched multiple times in favor of Bailey Zappe, New England’s backup QB.
As recently as 2021, Jones’ rookie season, it looked like perhaps he could be the heir apparent to the legendary Tom Brady, as he made the Pro Bowl that year with 3,801 passing yards and 22 passing touchdowns.
But this year, the Patriots are 2-9 and rank just 23rd in passing yards, 26th in passing touchdowns, and 31st in points.
They need lots of help, not just at the quarterback position, but also elsewhere on offense, including at the skill positions.
None of their wide receivers have anywhere close to 500 receiving yards on the season, and neither Rhamondre Stevenson nor Ezekiel Elliott, their two main running backs, are averaging over 4.0 yards per carry.