The Patriots are used to losing so far this season.
But Sunday’s 38-3 loss at Dallas was on a different level, marking the biggest blowout of Bill Belichick’s legendary coaching career.
The Patriots were so uncompetitive that Belichick pulled starting quarterback Mac Jones and replaced him with backup Bailey Zappe in the third quarter.
“It makes no sense to keep him in the game,” Belichick said of removing Jones, according to the newspaper. boston herald.
The veteran coach followed up on Jones’ full response and promised to keep him as the starting quarterback in Week 5’s home game against the Saints.
“Everything is highlighted by one or two plays in some way. I think in general he’s making pretty good decisions,” Belichick said. According to Fox Sports.
“He sees things well, but obviously as a team, you can’t turn the ball over three times in a game and two of them are touchdowns to win. We’ve got to get better at that. No. It’s everyone’s responsibility. The quarterback is part of it, and so is everyone else.”
Jones was unable to complete a touchdown drive on six possessions, and New England led 31-3 with less than four minutes left in the quarter.
The third-year quarterback threw two interceptions on the day, one of which led to a pick-six. The quarterback was also strip-sacked on a fumble that Dallas returned for a score.
Jones completed 12 of 21 passes for 150 yards and two interceptions.
However, Zappe also did not have much success on the field.
He went just 4-of-9 for 57 yards and committed no turnovers, but was unable to generate a scoring drive for the rest of the game.
“Bailey works hard. He gets here early and stays late. He spends a lot of time watching film and studying what we do and what our opponents do. And he’s very well prepared,” Belichick said.
The backup quarterback job was up in the air between Zappe and recently signed Will Grier, who the Cowboys released this offseason.
Grier signed with the Patriots after a tumultuous offseason after spending two years as Dak Prescott’s backup quarterback.
He did not participate in Sunday’s game.