The New England Patriots have quite a few quarterback issues on their hands. How do they go about fixing the mess they’ve created?
Between the locker room being divided between Bailey Zappe and Mac Jones, the supposed strained relationship between Jones and Bill Belichick, and the unclear indication of who the starter is, the Patriots have a ton of problems that they need to fix before the 2023 season.
The 2022 season created a huge mess that the Pats are now left to clean up. Fortunately, they really only have to give attention to one side of the ball. The defense is just about set. Aside form needing to add a cornerback, the Patriots are in a good spot on the defensive side of the ball.
But, how do they fix the massive issues on offense?
How do the Patriots fix their huge quarterback issue?
Option 1: Pursue Lamar Jackson, trade Mac Jones
This is the option that creates the quickest path to success for the team. They can pursue Lamar Jackson and sign him to an offer sheet that they have to hope Baltimore does not want to match.
They could then trade Mac Jones for whatever they can get for him. Zappe could slide in as the QB2, and all of a sudden, the Pats are in a good spot.
Option 2: Trade Bailey Zappe
This is kind of a funky solution that may create an even bigger divide in the locker room. I do think Mac Jones is the better QB even though Zappe looked better on the field in 2022, but the Pats could signal their last gasp effort for Mac Jones by trading Zappe, perhaps for a mid-round pick.
Option 3: Dump both, sign Carson Wentz, and draft a QB in 2023
How about completely blowing up the QB situation? In this scenario, they could trade both Bailey Zappe and Mac Jones, sign someone like Carson Wentz, a fringe starter with a high ceiling, and then use their first round pick to perhaps move up in the 2023 NFL Draft to take their QB of the future.
Someone like Anthony Richardson or Will Levis coupled with a Carson Wentz type could have a great end product if Bill O’Brien can develop the rookie.