Even before the 2023 NFL Draft kicks off, are the New England Patriots already throwing in the towel for their 2023 campaign? Could it be possible? Could the team be approaching a year where it’s already down the drain?
Well, I think it is possible.
There seems to be no indication that the Patriots plan on tweaking their quarterback room before the 2023 season. They are apparently not pursuing Lamar Jackson, which is a mistake, and Bill Belichick has all but said the best QB will play when 2023 kicks off.
One of Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe are the likely candidates to take snaps as the QB1 of the Pats as we approach the beginning of September.
If that is truly the case, why should we think anything other than the worst? Mac Jones was terrible, to say the least, in year two, and Zappe isn’t exactly someone I’d associate with being a franchise QB in the NFL.
Both players have had moments of being competent, but neither QB has above average qualities that make them a true franchise player.
With that being the case, you’d think that the Patriots would work to find an upgrade before the season, right?
Well, to reiterate, that hasn’t been the case thus far. I think the team is prepared to risk their 2023 season on the performance of one of two average at best quarterbacks.
They got the offensive coordinator in place, they brought in some new weapons on offense, and are likely going to draft a tackle to help shore up the offensive line for 2023.
Why not show that same effort for the QB position? Do they feel stuck? Do they think it’ll be took risky? Whatever their reason is for the hesitancy, they should make a leap and take a chance on finding a true upgrade.