Nothing I’m going to say is original thought. I’ve been listening to patriots unfiltered as well, and there are a variety of opinions all over Boston talk radio (which I only hear 2nd hand as I am out of market), Twitter, etc.
If it were my team, I would lean toward holding back a still healing Mac from taking any snaps for another week even against a crap team like the Bears.
Zappe is probably perfectly capable of beating the Bears. The flipside though, is that Mac would be rusty understandably, and starting him on a short week against a team that suddenly seems to have teeth like the Jets might not be the best idea either.
I think long-term where they’re trying to go with Mac is the right answer, but is he healthy? And I’ll leave any comments about footwork, movement in and out of the pocket, diagnosing reads, making throws on time, throwing down field, avoiding critical mistakes, and in general being a quarterback who can lead a playoff contender to people who know better than me.