Maybe, maybe not. It depends on Zappe. I think the issue is the fans are never really going to settle for just having a good QB after having the GOAT. So the search will always be onging IMO until we find the next generational QB.
Settling for what? Settling for being in the same position where most teams perpetually have to overcome the obstacle of not having a franchise QB, despite high draft investments for decades? This is nothing new and if pink hats can't dig in for the long haul, I won't miss them.
The closest I've seen any teams come to "replacing Joe Montana with the next Joe Montana"
have been Montana to Young, and Favre to Rodgers - which has yielded a grand total of two more Super Bowls.
I have never been enamored with Mac Jones and I have said that going back even before the draft. But I 100% supported the drafting of Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick. It's a huge problem if the fanbase won't "settle" for just having a good QB because I have sobering news for you: most QB's ceilings are more in line with a Carson Palmer or Philip Rivers, and they are just as apt to be David Carr
The Patriots didn't create this situation, it's what most teams in their situation deal with, annually. This is the NFL.