In last week’s loss to the Ravens, starting quarterback Mac Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain late in the game and hobbled to the sideline under his own power. With his playing status for this week’s game up in the air, Belichick seemed irked by reporters asking him about Jones’ status for the game.
“What do I look like, a doctor? An orthopedic surgeon? Like, I don’t know. Talk to the medical experts.”
Grumpy Belichick in a press conference is nothing new. It’s become the norm with him over the years. And he wasn’t done.
“Day by day. What difference does it make to me? You think I’m going to read the MRI? That’s not my job.”
"We'll take it day-by-day… DAY-BY-DAY… what do I look like a doctor?"
Bill Belichick offers an *update* on Mac Jones 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/PXJMt0RwVR
— NBC Sports Boston's Patriots Coverage (@NBCSPatriots) September 28, 2022
Belichick finished the presser with Jones “is getting better day by day.”
Belichick Has Never Been A Coach To Talk About Injuries
While BB says that’s not his job, he’s also informed daily on the medical prognosis of all his players who may be battling ailments or injury. But he’s never been one to talk much about a player’s status as it pertains to injury, so this is nothing new with Belichick. Players are also told to be vague about injuries in New England, which is why Jones himself hasn’t addressed his health since the injury occurred.
The belief is Jones’ injury will keep him sidelined for a few weeks at the very least. Journeyman veteran Bryan Hoyer will probably get the start for a Patriots team still trying to find its way since Tom Brady left via free agency following the 2019-20 season.
We know why Belichick is even more ornery than usual (if that’s possible).
The New England Patriots are struggling at 1-2 and they haven’t looked good in any of their three games this season. Belichick decided to come into the season without naming a coordinator for either side of the football, instead opting to use former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and special teams coordinator Joe Judge as co-coordinators.
The move has stunted the growth of second-year quarterback Jones, who last season led the Patriots to the playoffs and led all rookies with 22 touchdown passes. This season has been rough on Jones not having someone with experience on the offensive side of the ball calling the shots.
Brandon Marshall Says Belichick On Hot Seat
Former NFL receiver Brandon Marshall has been known to have some outlandish, shock jock-type takes. But what he said recently on an episode of “Inside The NFL” might be the quote of the year.
“Coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots, they’re 1-2. Tom Brady has been gone for three years. I’ll say it. Do you not want to say it? Do you guys not want to say it? Coach Bill Belichick, you’re now on the hot seat. He’s on the hot seat. Nobody wants to say it. I’ll say it.”
Brandon Marshall thinks Bill Belichick is in some trouble. 😮 pic.twitter.com/oQ4YWFpGUR
— theScore (@theScore) September 29, 2022
Marshall says the team is sinking, not having advanced past the first round of the playoffs since their Super Bowl 53 win. In fact, since Brady’s departure they have a losing record of 18-19.
But it’s hard to believe someone with the résumé of Belichick and control that owner Bob Kraft has afforded him over the years is on the hot seat. Marshall loves to stir the pot, but this comment is even beyond his normal way-out-in-left-field takes.
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