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New England Patriots bench Mac Jones amidst miserable season for QB

Mac Jones benched for third time in Week 12, with Patriots locker room reportedly '80% out' on struggling QB.

Mac Jones has been given chance after chance to prove himself as the quarterback for the New England Patriots, but it seems that he just can't cut it. Heading into Week 12 against the New York Giants, he had already been benched three times during games, showing that he's not the answer for the Patriots.

In the first half of the game, Jones struggled, completing just 12-of-21 passes for 89 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His performance was far from impressive, and it was clear that something needed to change.

At halftime, head coach Bill Belichick made the decision to bench Jones in favor of backup Bailey Zappe. This move seemed to be exactly what the Patriots needed, as Zappe completed all six of his passes for 38 yards and led the team to a touchdown-scoring drive to open the third quarter.

It's worth noting that it wasn't even certain that Jones would start the game, as Belichick had kept his quarterback situation under wraps. The decision to bench Jones and give Zappe a chance seemed to be the right call, especially considering the issues within the Patriots' locker room.

According to reports, 80% of the Patriots' locker room is "out" on Jones, with a "vast majority" of players no longer supporting him as the starting quarterback. With just 10 touchdowns and 14 giveaways this season, it's clear that Jones has not been living up to expectations.

Given his struggles and the lack of support from his teammates, it's surprising that Belichick has not made the decision to bench Jones for good. It seems that the Patriots may need to make a change at the quarterback position in order to turn their season around.

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