New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was very reserved when discussing his quarterbacks during a press conference Wednesday morning.
When directly asked if his quarterbacks were involved in a competition earlier today, Belichick, in his tradition style, gave an answer that wasn't really an answer, saying "we'll talk about it later."
As first reported by ESPN's Field Yates, "later" has come earlier than expected as Mac Jones has been named the starter in New England for the team's Week 8 matchup with the Jets.
"Breaking news for Week 8: Patriots QB Mac Jones took about 90% of the first teams reps in practice today and will start for the team on Sunday against the Jets, per source," Yates tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
After Jones was benched in Monday night's game against Chicago, NFL fans were quick to criticize Belichick for how he handled the quarterback situation
Now, the NFL world is reacting to the news that Jones, and not Bailey Zappe, will start for the Patriots in Week 8.
"As he should. Regardless of stats, Mac Jones simply has more arm talent than Zappe and can make more throws," twitter user JamesM_XXIII said following the announcement.
It appears Belichick's plan to avoid a quarterback controversy has worked so far, as members of the Patriots' also chimed in to share their thoughts on the move.
"McCourty says there is no division in the locker room over Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe," Mark Daniels said Wednesday.
Making his second consecutive start, Mac Jones will look for better results against the Jets this weekend.