The media had a field day when the Patriots drafted Jones in 2021. Everybody instantly compared him to Tom Brady and the hype grew after a decent first season. However, Jones suffered a serious decline over the next couple of seasons before Bill Belichick finally benched him.
There’s no doubt that Jones wasn’t playing well but it wasn’t entirely his fault. Belichick received significant criticism for the Patriots’ horrific record and was fighting for his job. Jones became one of the team’s scapegoats and many fans called for Bailey Zappe to start instead (via Bleacher Report).