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New England Patriots links 11/29/23 - Media throws flag on starting Mac Jones; calls for Zappe at QB

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  • Alex Barth expects more of the same from the Patriots at quarterback this week.
  • Karen Guregian argues Mac Jones needs to be benched, no matter who pulls the trigger. ‘The only way to get Jones to improve is not sticking him out there.’
  • Justin Leger highlights Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry making the case for why the Pats need to start Bailey Zappe for the rest of the season.
  • Khari Thompson notes that Bill O’Brien says the decision on who starts at quarterback isn’t up to him. /Doesn’t the head coaches usually make the decision on who starts?
  • Alex Barth notes Bill O’Brien took accountability for the team’s offensive struggles this season.
  • Alex Barth reports the Patriots brought back QB Will Grier on Tuesday, signing him to the practice squad.
  • Lauren Campbell reports the Patriots hosted five kickers amid rookie Chad Ryland’s struggles.
  • Nick O’Malley relays Cam Achord explaining why even though the Pats got burned by the rookie kicker’s missed kick, his big leg could soon be ‘an advantage’.
  • Dakota Randall notes Troy Brown downplays sideline spat with JuJu Smith-Schuster, ‘it happens sometimes.’
  • Lauren Campbell notes Patriots’ first-round bust N’Keal Harry was waived by the Vikings.
  • Pats Procrastination podcast: Clare and Chudders catch up on all the latest Pats talk. (42 min.)


  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Brandon Staley: The AFC is wide open, to have a shot we need to beat New England.
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) One thing we learned about each team in Week 12. Patriots: Quarterback change doesn’t matter.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Patriots try out kickers after Chad Ryland’s big miss.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick won’t rule anything out, but doesn’t see adding QB from outside organization.
  • Barry Werner (TouchdownWire) NFL reveals announcers schedule for Week 13. Chargers at Patriots, CBS, 1 pm: Spero Dedes (play-by-play)with Adam Archuleta (color analyst). /Who?
  • Ben Austro (Football Zebras) Week 13 referee assignments. Pats-Chargers: Bill Vinovich.
  • Staff (Football Zebras) Week 12 officiating liveblog. “Patriots returner Demario Douglas is taken down violently by a clothesline tackle and had to leave the game with an injury. A clothesline tackle is legal as long as the defender does not grasp, twist, or control the face mask and there is no wind up and slugging action. Putting an arm out, even though it creates a violent takedown is legal.”
  • Matt Johnson (SportsNaut) Evaluating 4 New England Patriots coaching candidates to replace Bill Belichick.
  • Judy Battista ( NFL coaches with the most to prove down the stretch of the 2023 season. Bill Belichick included.
  • Steven Ruiz (The Ringer) Updated QB rankings. Mac Jones 25th.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL picks, predictions against the spread Week 13: 49ers cool Eagles, Cowboys crush Seahawks, Steelers and Dolphins roll. Chargers win 20-16.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL Fact or Fiction: Buffalo’s still dangerous, Miami’s looking strong; More.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) Race for the No. 1 pick in 2024 NFL Draft: Bears, Cardinals and Patriots in the hunt for top selection.
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Caleb Williams says it’s “a game-time decision” whether he’ll declare for 2024 draft.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) 2023 NFL playoff-clinching scenarios: How Eagles can become first team to punch postseason ticket in Week 13.
  • Matt Verderame (SI) Week 13 MVP Stock Watch: A clear-cut favorite emerges.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) Frank Reich talks Panthers firing, says ‘probably the final chapter’ in NFL career.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL says 2023 was most-watched Thanksgiving ever, average viewership of 34.1 million.