It seems like everyone but Bill Belichick thinks the New England Patriots have a quarterback problem.

For a second consecutive game, Mac Jones was benched amid a blowout – on Sunday, the Pats fell embarrassingly to the New Orleans Saints, 34-0.

Jones also took a seat when the Patriots were getting blown out by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4, a game they lost, 38-3.


While the Pats have scored just three points in their last two games, they’ve allowed 72, so despite Jones’ struggles, Belichick was quick to say there were other issues.

“Yeah,” Belichick said when asked if Jones would be the Pats’ quarterback moving forward. “There were a lot of problems. It certainly wasn’t all on him.”

After being able to sleep on the loss, Belichick told WEEI on Monday that he and his staff were going to “take a look at everything.”

“Obviously we didn’t do anything well enough yesterday,” he said. “Frustrated, but we’ll just have to work our way out of it. That’s all there is to it.”

“All good plays come with good fundamentals, so we need to be a better fundamental team in every area,” Belichick said. “Again, between schemes, coaches, players’ awareness, situational awareness, we need to do a better job than what we’re doing. I mean I don’t think there’s any one thing that’s going to change it, or one player. We just all have to do a better job.”

Despite Jones getting out of work early on back-to-back Sundays, Belichick still thinks the two have a good relationship.

“I’ve got a good relationship with Mac since he’s been here,” he said. “Meet with him on a regular basis and we have a good line of communication. He works hard and I have a lot of respect for what he does.”

In his first two games, Jones completed 68.8% of his passes (66-for-96) for four touchdowns and 547 yards, albeit both in losing efforts. But since then, he’s 39-for-72 (54.2%) for one touchdown, four interceptions, and 461 yards.

The Pats will fly west next week for a date with one of Belichick’s prodigies in Josh McDaniels, whose Las Vegas Raiders beat New England last year on a miracle play in which Chandler Jones intercepted a wild backward pass, stiff-armed Jones to the turf, and ran into the end zone as time expired.