Bill Belichick wasn't ready to name a starting quarterback after switching from Mac Jones to Bailey Zappe in the New England Patriots' 33-14 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night.
Belichick pulled Jones after three series, going to rookie Zappe for the rest of the game. The coach wasn't ready to commit late Monday, saying: "We just finished the game."
Jones' final play was an interception, but Belichick insisted he wasn't benched and would have returned to the game in the second half if the score had been closer.
He said the team intended to play both Jones and Zappe -- and informed both players of the plan leading into the game -- with Jones' recovery from a left high ankle sprain "a factor" in the decision.