According to Andrew Callahan from the Boston Herald, New England Patriots' QB Mac Jones has apparently lost a huge chunk of the team's locker room. When does it get better? Will it get better? Fortunately for the New England Patriots, the team is set to have a ton of cap space and a very high first-round pick in 2024.
There is strong reason to believe that the Pats' rebuild could happen faster than normal ones. Getting a franchise QB in the building and perhaps being aggressive in free agency to fix the offensive line and WR room could end up providing the necessary spark in the offense. Teams like the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars seem to have hit their rebuilds quicker because they got the QB right and the coach right.
The Patriots can definitely do that next offseason if they play their cards right. Unfortunately for Mac Jones, his support within the organization is dwindling. A report from Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald is pretty damning for the third-year QB:
""One team source estimated that at least 80 percent of the Patriots' locker room is out on Jones," Callahan reported Wednesday. "Another said the 'vast majority' of players are done with him. Both said the lack of belief spreads to both sides of the ball, with a shared sense that Jones' worst mistakes negate the best efforts of his teammates.""- Andrew Callahan
It does feel like we're just cycling through various stories of the Patriots and Mac Jones, but the amount of reports coming out about the team and their struggles are hard to ignore. Generally speaking, things need to get bad before they get better. I mean, just look at what the Texans had to go through in recent years before 2023. The same can be said about the Jaguars and even Detroit Lions.
The Patriots shouldn't be an exception to this. If they can get the front office and staff right in 2024, the team can take off. Robert Kraft may have quite a bit to do this coming offseason, and it would have to start with mutually parting ways with HC and GM, Bill Belichick.