A quarterback who registers an incompletion on every play records an NFL passer rating of 39.6. That’s really bad. New England Patriots field generals Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe combined to post a 33.4 rating in Sunday’s 10-7 loss to the Giants, with a collective line of 21-for-35 passing for 136 yards, 0 TDs and three INTs.
The man with the middle name McCorkle accounted for the greater share of futility:
Mac Jones’s passer rating is 27.8. If he were 0 for 21 with all 21 passes spiked directly into the ground, it would be 39.6 pic.twitter.com/P2EfBEUGr6
…Which set up the only touchdown for the G-Men of the afternoon. Mac proceeded to go three-and-out on his last full possession thereafter. ZAPPE TIME, BABY!
Yeah, Zappe provided a brief spark and led the Pats on a TD drive the first time he got the ball. Beyond that? A whole lot of nothing. To his credit, when he gave the ball away to New York, at least Zappe didn’t throw into quadruple coverage like he did to end New England’s hopes of a win in Germany. It was only triple coverage.
Belichick used to shut down first- and second-year quarterbacks. There’s some stat out there that underscores just how dominant his defenses are against such green signal-callers.
Undrafted rookie Giants QB Tommy DeVito took six sacks, got little help from his Saquon Barkley-led rushing attack and still completed 17 of 25 passes for 191 yards and a TD for a 103.9 passer rating. Miles better than the Mac/Zappe dynamic duo.
Before today, these were the only rookie QBs to defeat Belichick (never mind Brad Smith). Tommy DeVito is the first undrafted rookie to defeat Belichick pic.twitter.com/PTbmfUs25X
Yeah, Mac and Zappe both deserved to play, because both of them are awful quarterbacks in their own unique ways. Not that their coaching staff is doing them any favors. I think there’s a reason for that.
New England is in full tank mode. You can’t tell me they actually tried to make this kick. There’s no way.
The only way Belichick keeps his job is by bottoming out, convincing Robert Kraft that he’ll draft the next superstar QB, and…OK that’s the plan. That’s it. Everyone sees right through it, Billy. You ain’t fooling anyone. Or the game has just passed you by that much.
Mac Jones is out here literally just handing out a win to the #Giants with that horrific INT you see criticized at the high school level. His second INT of the game. Plus Bill O'Brien with some ODD play calling, to say the least. 2nd & 4 and he passes twice in the red zone?