When it comes to the New York Jets and their ongoing saga with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, head coach Todd Bowles has handled everything brilliantly.
It wouldn’t be a true offseason for the New York Jets without some kind of issue, controversy or ongoing problem with their quarterback situation. At the time of this writing, the Jets have already finished up their organized team activities and have begun their mandatory mini-camp. Of course the hottest topic revolves around quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and whether or not he’s coming back for 2016.
In a time where the topics should rather be about how the Jets will capitalize on their 10-6 season of last year or even on early expectations on their 2016 NFL Draft class, it’s once again about what may or may not happen at the quarterback position.
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has a proven track record of turning struggling quarterbacks into competitors. He simplifies an offensive playbook catered to the strengths of the offense and well, it produces more than average results.
If he could do that brilliantly with a journeyman quarterback like Fitzpatrick who never had a winning season until last year with the Jets, he can pretty much do it with anyone really. Besides, the Jets will launch a heavy rushing attack and have their defense be some of the biggest reasons why they won’t miss a beat this upcoming season. Everything will be fine no matter who is under center for the Jets.
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Of course when it comes to New York, the media tends to try to pry information out of athletes and coaches or at the very least, get some answers to the biggest questions of any franchise.
One of the many reasons why Todd Bowles has impressed many so far as head coach of the Jets is his no-nonsense and straight up demeanor with his players and of course when speaking to the media.
It’s not easy being a head coach in the big apple, let alone a franchise like the Jets that haven’t had an established franchise quarterback in decades.
Even in the heat of questions, Bowles continues to handle this entire situation with Fitzpatrick well because it’s being amplified much more than it should be. In one of his recent press conferences this week, here’s what he had to say about whether or not Fitzpatrick’s absence hinders the Jets’ offense:
It doesn’t hinder our offensive planning at all. We’re going full speed ahead right now. Like I said, if he got hurt, Geno (Smith) would be the starter and we would have to play, and he’s learning the system right now. He’s getting better at it, so, whether it’s Fitz or whether it’s Geno, we’re doing the same things we need to do. The later he comes in, if he comes in, the more he has to catch up on, hopefully sooner than later. But you treat it like an injury. If a guy’s not here, you get the other guys ready to play.
At the end of the day, the longer Fitzpatrick continues his arrogance in believing he’s worth much more than what the Jets initially offered, it’s safe to say he’s more than likely not going to come back. It doesn’t matter if the Jets keep his locker intact hoping he returns, it won’t be long before the harsh reality sinks in that Fitzpatrick would rather not play for a team on the verge of being a legit playoff contender because of money. Luckily for the Jets, they have a solid head coach that will continue leading the path towards greatness with this franchise.