New England Patriots safety Adrian Phillips was just interviewed by NFL Network's Mike Yam and Maurice Jones-Drew on "NFL Total Access". In said interview, the former All-pro safety did not give Patriots quarterback Mac Jones all of the backing you would expect.
During the interview, Phillips was asked by Yam, "How firm of a grip does Jones have on his job?" To the veteran's credit, he immediately knew how this could sound and even said, "Oh man you're trying to get me in trouble." Despite that, though, Phillips went on to say, "We're going to rock with whoever is out there."
As we get closer to the start of training camp Jones is the lead guy under center, but the backup quarterback Bailey Zappe has been a fan favorite in the past. Last year the fans were even calling for the rookie to replace Jones in the middle of their Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears.
Going into the 2023 season, Mac Jones is facing an enormous amount of pressure as teammates, coaches, and fans seem to have not lightened the load, to say the least. Between this interview with Phillips and rumors of Bill Belichick trying to trade the former first-round pick in the offseason, Jones' back is against the wall.
On the contrary, owner Robert Kraft seems to be a supporter of the starting quarterback as rumors suggest Jones was an attendee of Kraft's recent party. A picture posted by former Patriots great Devin McCourty showed Jones with McCourty and the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady.
As a result of this picture, speculation began if the future first-ballot Hall of Fame head coach and the owner are on the same page.
The biggest question Patriots fans should have throughout the season must be, Is Mac Jones the guy going forward? For this season, What does Jones need to prove to be the guy going forward?
As the old adage goes, "Winning cures all". If Jones is able to keep the job in training camp and win games for the Patriots in the regular season, his teammates, coaches, and fans will all have his support.