I guess this debate doesn't really mean anything since the team's season is clearly over and Mac Jones surely won't be with the team in 2024, but is he truly the worst QB in the NFL? The short answer is yes, I think. In what was supposed to be a bounceback season for Jones and the offense has turned into one of the worst offenses in the NFL.
Jones threw another two interceptions in the Patriots Week 12 loss to the New York Giants. He looked truly awful and was again benched. Honestly, how does Jones keep getting to start games with how badly he's played? On the season, he's thrown for 10 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. His passer rating is 77.0, which is the lowest of his career.
QBs like Jimmy Garoppolo, CJ Beathard, Davis MIlls, Kenny Pickett, and Desmond Ridder all have higher passer ratings than Mac Jones, who was pretty efficient as a rookie. Jones is also one of just a handful of other starting quarterbacks to have thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes.
What we're seeing from Mac Jones are things we see from a rookie QB, who typically struggles. Bryce Young, who has the worst supporting cast in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, is playing better than Jones, a third-year pro who led his team to 10 wins in 2021. At this point, Jones should stay in the lineup because he clearly gives the New England Patriots the best chance to lose.
Right now, the team holds the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, and still might not be high enough to land Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. I get that continuing to talk negatively about the Patriots is beating a dead horse, but what else should we do? I guess I could publish a bunch of mock drafts or write an article about a comprehensive plan to fix the team, but the current state of the team needs talked about.
Wholesale changes are needed for this franchise, which just a few years ago, won double-digit games, and as recently as 2018, won a Super Bowl.