The drama seems to never stop in New England, especially as significant changes are happening with the coaching staff and, eventually, the roster. Unfortunately for Mac Jones, he continues to be at the center of a lot of it.
On top of the countless unfavorable reports surrounding Bill Belichick since his New England exit, the quarterback has become the new punching bag for fans and media outlets to go after. But this time, a prominent Patriots reporter made sure to swiftly debunk one of the more viral headlines in recent days, which should be done more often.
It all started with a new report from Boston Sports Journal's Greg Bedard, who published an article suggesting many of Jones' teammates felt he became a "prima donna" and were growing sick of the act.
He also reported that some players were unhappy with his presence at Jerod Mayo's introductory press conference, especially in workout clothes, which prompted MassLive's Mark Daniels to clarify and stand up for the quarterback immediately via Twitter/X.
"Mac Jones was at the Mayo press conference in workout clothes because he works out at Gillette Stadium during the offseason. He did the same thing last year."
Daniels followed that tweet with a response to a fan who expressed confusion about why any player would be bothered by Jones's attendance for the naming of the team's new head coach. The reporter responded by essentially saying that whoever those players may be are just upset about Bill Belichick's departure and maintain their loyalty to him.
It's been known that things behind the scenes haven't exactly been peachy, especially regarding Jones. But the idea that any teammates would scoff at him for attending the naming of the new head coach is beyond comprehension.
It doesn't matter if he's going to be the quarterback next season or continue to be on the bench. It doesn't matter if he played terribly last year, and some don't want to see him be given another chance.
These types of reports are so unnecessary and, at this point, seem purposely planted and targeted that it's continuing to fall into the overwhelming belief that Boston sports media is overtly hostile for little to no reason.