- Nov 17, 2006
This is more where I am. I am thinking the Pats probably need a new starting QB after this year, but should probably give Mac the rest of the year to prove he is or is not the guy.While it is true that Mac got no help from his line, I think it’s clear he is also lost out there most of the time. He looks skittish in the pocket, has terrible footwork, doesn’t seem to feel the rush, holds the ball too long, and doesn’t seem to go through his progressions to find open receivers. Playing QB in the NFL at a high level is something only a handful of guys can do, Mac just may not be one of them. I’ve been incredibly disappointed in his clear regression this year with no sign of any progress.
All of that said, I’m still fine with them continuing to play him, to see if he can break out of this and show some progress. I know everyone wants to see Zappe and maybe from a fan’s perspective that would be more fun, and maybe Zappe is better than Mac. But I still think figuring out whether to move on from Mac or not is the most important thing right now.
Now if this is all Mac has and he’s handed the starting job next year again without any kind of meaningful competition for the position, then I‘ll start to wonder what’s going on.
Zappe was a fun story, but after watching him implode and turn back into a rookie 4th rounder in the second half against Chicago, I am not sure why he deserves the starts any more than Mac. I mean if Zappe would have come in during the Chicago and won the game going away, I would like to think BB would stick with him.
Zappe was so much fun to watch when the Pats crushed the Lions and Browns. He was Mac level bad against the Bears.