Belichick achieved many Draft masterstrokes in the early years of his New England tenure. But for all those hits, there were just as many (if not more) misses in the latter part of his run. Many fans thought that he pulled another rabbit out of the hat when Mac Jones fell into his lap in 2021. However, they jumped the gun because the former Crimson Tide starter wasn’t in the same mold. He had a similar physical appearance to Tom Brady and a decent record in Alabama (via Boston.com).
Jones also landed in a decent situation and had a promising rookie season. However, everything went downhill over the next couple of years. Finally, in 2023, Belichick benched him multiple times in favor of backup Bailey Zappe as the Patriots went 4-13. It was a disaster for the franchise and one of the reasons why Belichick lost his job.