New England Patriots

Aug. 9, 1993

There is nothing that ignites the preseason conversation more than the fundamental question: Who is the starting quarterback?

As the Patriots’ first exhibition game approaches, the chatter over Mac Jones vs. Bailey Zappe has simmered to a nice, slow boil. 

For the record, it says here that Jones is the Patriots QB, and what they do in the pretend games isn’t going to change that.

Looking back to Bill Parcells’ first year as coach of the Patriots, there was zero debate over the quarterback position. It belonged to Drew Bledsoe. The Scotts, Zolak and Secules, didn’t have a prayer outside their closest friends and immediate families.

So the trip to San Diego offered nothing more than a chance for Pats fans to see Bledsoe, bedecked in the new uniforms, workout against another NFL team.

(Those new uniforms, featuring the Flying Elvis, forcibly retiring Pat Patriot, still ranks as one of the worst decisions the franchise has ever made. But, we digress.)

Bledsoe completed nine passes in 21 attempts, 79 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions.

It was sparkling, but it was acceptable for a rookie in a preseason pretend game.

The Pats lost, 13-7, so collectively the offense earned the appropriate growls from Parcells.

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