Bill Belichick likes to play his cards close to the chest, but it seems like he may have gone a bit too far in Week 7.
The New England Patriots got blown out by the Chicago Bears at home on Monday Night Football, suffering their worst defeat of the year (33-14). It might've helped if they had known who their starting quarterback was going to be ahead of time.
According to Patriots players after the game, they did not know whether Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe was going to start under center. That's a clear contradiction of New England's coaches, who said they planned to play both quarterbacks all along.
Regardless of what Belichick's plan was, there was an obvious disconnect between the players and the coaching staff leading up to the game. It's one thing to hide your strategy from the press (a classic Belichick tactic), but it's quite another to keep your players in the dark.
Perhaps if Patriots players had known which signal-caller was starting, they would have been better prepared. Instead, they came out flat and never recovered, managing just 260 yards of offense and getting shut out in three of the four quarters.
While Belichick still isn't saying publicly which quarterback will start against the New York Jets in Week 8, hopefully he at least gives his players a heads-up this time. New England is currently listed as a 1.5-point road favorite against New York on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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