Bill Belichick doesn't shut down idea of Patriots signing free agent QB this season

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There is a lot of discussion regarding the current state of the Patriots quarterback situation, as it appeared they essentially did not have a competent player to play the position during their Week 12 matchup with the Giants.

Mac Jones was performing poorly again, which inevitably led to his benching, while Bailey Zappe led the team down the field for their first score of the day to start the second half, but later threw an interception and had two drives end in punts. He did end the day bringing the offense within field goal range to tie the game to head into overtime, but Chad Ryland kicked it wide left to seal their 9th loss of the year.

Now that they're preparing this week to take on the Chargers next Sunday, who will be named the quarterback remains the topic of conversation. Jones and Zappe are the only remaining on the roster after Will Grier was waived last week. Although some have mentioned Malik Cunningham as a potential option, his lack of involvement with the quarterbacks this season indicates Bill Belichick has no intention of using him in that capacity, no matter what.

It's a bit of an unfair scenario for the dual-threat quarterback, who was openly willing to switch positions if it meant he could help the team in some way. But it appears New England is dead set on keeping up with their plan; at least, that's what was assumed until Belichick stated that could change.

While speaking to reporters on Monday morning, the head coach was asked if he would consider bringing in another quarterback this season, given the question marks surrounding the two on the roster. He didn't exactly shut down the idea despite initially revealing it wasn't something he had considered. But he said if it were something he felt could help the team, they would look into it at that time.

Who might be a quarterback enticing enough for Belichick to sign? It's hard to say when looking at the list of currently available free agents. None seem too desirable nor massive improvements over what the team has now, so it seems safe to say it's likely not going to happen this season.

Because the trade deadline has come and gone, it's the only option the Patriots have if they want to make a change at the position. Grier cleared waivers, meaning he could be re-signed to the practice squad if they still have some interest in him. But other than that and his familiarity with the team, the other names on the list aren't worth a mention.

Unfortunately, it feels like this is a situation that will need to be ridden out. Belichick got into this situation through poor personnel hirings, lousy roster building, and questionable decision-making. That's led the offense to a point of no return, especially Jones, and they'll likely have to stick with what they have through the end of the season.

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