NFL
Updated September 27, 2022
BY Lines.com
Reviewed By Per Daniel Goransson

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots Should Embrace Being Bad

The New England Patriots are bad. Like really bad. 

They have the look and feel of a five-win team, especially after watching Mac “Cry Baby” Jones had to be carried to the locker room after suffering a high-ankle sprain at the end of the Patriots' loss to the Ravens on Sunday. 

Jones is set to miss multiple weeks due to the injury and will have to trot out either Brian Hoyer or rookie Bailey Zappe until the crybaby is healthy enough to get back on the field. 

Belichick and the Pats should tell Jones to take his time in recovery and make sure he’s 100% healthy. 

Why rush back a mediocre QB who might just make their draft pick worse? The Patriots should suck it up, embrace how much truly terrible they are, and happily accept a top-five pick in what is looking like a stacked draft class — especially at quarterback. 

Listen, Jones is a fine QB. He looked pretty good last year, but his limitations are evident. He isn’t mobile, he doesn’t have a strong arm and those kinds of quarterbacks are a dying breed. He’s a perfectly fine league-average to maybe above-average QB. He’s essentially Kirk Cousins without a catchphrase. 

That’s fine until you have to watch him play for 17 games every season and sometimes a first-round loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion. Belichick, in his final years as a head coach, should try to hit a home run instead of happily taking an infield single. 

Be really bad for a year and get either Alabama’s Bryce Young or Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and potentially elevate the Pats back to a playoff contender in a year or two. 

Belichick might not be the youngest or most open-minded coach in the league, but he should really read the room. The AFC is dominated by superstar QBs in Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson. The AFC East has two very good teams in the Bills and Dolphins. 

It’s OK to acknowledge where they are as a team, which is one of the least talented teams in the league. How do untalented teams acquire more talent? They draft studs with high draft picks. Belichick the GM needs to realize that and let Belichick the coach take a year to enjoy the suckage.  

Belichick hasn’t done himself any favors in trying to be a good team. He stupidly hired Joe Judge and Matt Patricia to run his offense into the ground and make Jones look like he took a step back in his second season. 

Perhaps this was all a plan for the Patriots to secretly tank to get a better pick, but now they don’t have to be so secretive about it. Rest Mac Jones and let Brian Hoyer take you to the team’s worst finish since before Tom Brady was drafted in the 2000 NFL Draft. 

If the Patriots somehow scrape their way to an 8-9 finish and pick 15th overall, they’ll probably get a really talented defensive tackle or offensive lineman, but they’ll still be stuck with Jones who won’t ever lead them to a championship. 

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