Bill Belichick on Mac Jones: I’m not going to pretend like I know exactly what’s going to happen

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While it seems unlikely, the Patriots are still leaving open the possibility that quarterback Mac Jones could play in Sunday’s game against the Packers.

In his Friday press conference, head coach Bill Belichick did not repeat Wednesday’s “day by day” mantra. But he did say, “We’ll see” when asked if Jones will practice, reiterating that Jones will have to be cleared by the medical staff before he’s in a position to play.

“He’s no different than any other player,” Belichick said. “I mean, he is, but I’m just saying the process is the same. There’s a medical evaluation, you talk to the player, and as a coach you, at whatever point, get the information that you get and you make a decision if there’s a decision to be made. If there’s no decision to be made medically, then I’m out of it.

“But if there’s a decision to be made — the player is at X percent and he can do this, the player feels like he can do this [and] he’s ready to play, then I’ll make a decision: Do I want this player at X percent or somebody else at, let’s call it, 100 percent. But a lot of times it never gets to that point. Occasionally, it does. If it does, then that becomes my decision in consultation with the player and usually his position coach for the staff.”

Belichick said he also didn’t know whether or not Jones’ injury will keep him out for multiple weeks, in large part because it’s not a broken or fractured bone.

“I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’ve got a magic wand or crystal ball and I know exactly what’s going to happen,” Belichick said. “Nobody knows. I don’t know. He doesn’t know. Doctors don’t know. Take it as it comes and see what happens.

“It’s hard to tell until you actually get out there and perform at a level that’s comparable to what a professional football player has to do. … Bones are bones. But guys that are in training, guys that are well conditioned that are healthy, come back quicker than others of us, let’s call it.”

The situation has apparently been fluid all week. Jones was initially reported to have a “pretty severe” high-ankle sprain, which would presumably keep him out for multiple weeks. But Jones has reportedly been telling teammates that he could still play.

The Patriots are scheduled to practice at 12:15 p.m. ET. Jones has not practiced all week.

Brian Hoyer is slated to start if Jones is unable to play on Sunday.

10 responses to “Bill Belichick on Mac Jones: I’m not going to pretend like I know exactly what’s going to happen

  1. “I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’ve got a magic wand or crystal ball and I know exactly what’s going to happen,” Belichick said.
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    Oh, I do, BB! you’re going to have a losing season, miss the playoffs, and get fired by Mr. Kraft. Four years without a playoff victory is all on you.

  2. nytro says:
    September 30, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    “I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’ve got a magic wand or crystal ball and I know exactly what’s going to happen,” Belichick said.
    ———————————
    Oh, I do, BB! you’re going to have a losing season, miss the playoffs, and get fired by Mr. Kraft. Four years without a playoff victory is all on you

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    During that time BB drafted and traded for the players, hired the coaches and coaches the team. The outcomes are all of his doing. Since Tom Brady left BB has zero postseason success….and in fact last season’s showing was a complete embarrassment

  3. I’m not going to pretend he’s the GOAT when he doesn’t even have a .500 record without Brady.

  4. nhpats2011 says:
    September 30, 2022 at 12:26 pm
    nytro says:
    September 30, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    “I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’ve got a magic wand or crystal ball and I know exactly what’s going to happen,” Belichick said.
    ———————————
    Oh, I do, BB! you’re going to have a losing season, miss the playoffs, and get fired by Mr. Kraft. Four years without a playoff victory is all on you

    ———-

    During that time BB drafted and traded for the players, hired the coaches and coaches the team. The outcomes are all of his doing. Since Tom Brady left BB has zero postseason success….and in fact last season’s showing was a complete embarrassment

    *******************************************************************************

    After 20 years of cap management, 6 Lombardi’s, countless Championship and playoff games etc, the Patriots reached the end of that road. The results wouldn’t be all that much better the last two seasons if Brady were here, and remember his salary would have precluded adding some of the players they have. They had gone all in with Brady and it was time to purge the cap. Most teams tank and go .250 or less for several years during a rebuild. The Patriots have been .500 with a playoff appearance. Nick Casserio wanted out of NE and his last few drafts showed that. The most recent two drafts have potential to pan out a lot better. It’s clearly a thankless job when you see these comments from Patriots fans. It’s likely you did not witness the pre-Kraft Patriots. If you had, you wouldn’t make the comments you do, and you’d have more appreciation for what has been accomplished. I grew up a fan of another team that has basically been the picture of suck for what seems like eternity. Then we moved and and I was there for the pre-Kraft Patriots. There is no comparison. We have it good. Ask just about any other fan base, and in an unguarded moment, they will tell you the same. The Patriots went from an NFL joke to NFL Royalty. It’s been one helluva ride on this party bus, but we can always pull over and let you off it you’re that unhappy.

  5. After 20 years of cap management, 6 Lombardi’s, countless Championship and playoff games etc,

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why could he build the team in a way that no other coaches could? because he had Tom Brady.

    So of course once Brady left, he has to build the team like every other coaches do and is exposed.

  6. Irrelevant joke team with no QB or good players and a terrible cheater coach/GM who is completely exposed without Brady.

  7. Pats fans posting here – Y’all need to see a shrink or something. I don’t get this vitriol at all. You had the pleasure of a watching a great team, a HOF (in waiting) coach and a HOF (in waiting)QB. The party is over and its time to clean up. I get it, it sucks. But savor what you had. You may or may not have it again, after 20+ years of success. Be thankful.

    Signed,
    A Saints fan in mourning that the Payton-Brees era is over

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