Sunday was another unforgettable day for the Patriots for once again all the wrong reasons. It's no secret at this point, this Patriots team is bad. Outside of the leadership from the team's management the next player that usually receives blame is the quarterback. But, Mac Jones had an uphill mountain to climb since his rookie year.
Jones had a breakout season at the University of Alabama in his senior season where he lead the Crimson Tide to a perfect championship season. However, in two of his three seasons, Mac has not succeeded in the NFL. But, he isn't the first quarterback from Alabama to struggle.
Since the turn of the century, former Alabama quarterbacks have had it rough in the NFL, especially since Nick Saban took over the program in 2007. The first being John Parker Wilson who constantly was finding the end zone while at Alabama. In the NFL, Wilson went undrafted and signed with the Atlanta Falcons but did not see the field at all. He was waived the following season, and then spent a season in Jacksonville before getting released and signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad before again being waived.
One of the best quarterbacks that'll ever wear a Crimson Tide uniform, Greg McElroy, also saw little success in the NFL. The same could be said about A.J. McCarron who is just a journeyman backup around the NFL. Jake Coker, who won a national championship with Alabama, never saw the field in the NFL. There' only two quarterbacks who look to have promising careers, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.
With all of that being said, Mac struggling in 2022, was not just on Matt Patricia's inability to call an offense. Even this year, Mac is still trying to do too much and making throws across the field that every quarterback knows not to make. He has now thrown a pick six in back to back weeks and has not shown any improvement. Instead, Mac is continuing to take steps backwards.
With the overthrows, bad pitches, easy interceptions for the defense, and again trying to do too much, Mac has picked up from where he left off in 2022. Which to some, is surprising after a promising rookie year. That rookie year, is starting to look like a dream that was too good to be true. At this rate, Mac Jones is the next victim as the Alabama quarterback curse has found it's way to New England. It's back to the drawing board to find the next franchise quarterback of the New England Patriots as Mac Jones has struck out in New England.