The New York Jets imploded against the Kansas City Chiefs to the final score of 24-3 and made asked the question, why did they leave quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hung out to dry?
It’s easy to figure out why the New York Jets lost their Week 3 matchup to the Kansas City Chiefs. They were outplayed in every aspect of the game from the offense, defense, and of course, special teams. The Jets committed a total of eight turnovers on offense, highlighted by six interceptions by none other than quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
All the hype about the Jets’ defense and yet they forgot how to cover tight ends while being sloppy in finishing up their assignments. Special teams, which looked solid all throughout the preseason and first few weeks of the regular season, failed to execute. They gave up up great field positioning to the Chiefs which helped them easily score.
One of the key issues of the game was Fitzpatrick. He was unable to hit wide receivers in stride and was completely inaccurate. Not every interception was his fault but again, if he had better arm strength, he could have put the football in a better position for his receivers. At any rate, Fitzpatrick easily put up one of the worst games ever seen by a quarterback wearing green and white.
Against the Chiefs, Fitzpatrick totaled 188 receiving yards, 20 receptions, zero touchdowns, and six interceptions. This game was very much over towards the final few minutes in the 4th quarterback but it’s hard to believe why the Jets didn’t at least take him out for a series or two in order to reset him.
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It’s no secret that quarterback Geno Smith has been a topic of controversy and inconsistency.
But when it comes to a game like this, where your starting quarterback is obviously rattled, it’s wise to make a change to see if it can turn the tides of battle.
Fitzpatrick looked defeated and tried to do much more than he was capable of, forcing throws into unfavorable matchups.
There is no guarantee Smith would have done better, but the majority of other teams in that situation would have at least taken Fitzpatrick out to see.
At the end of the day, it’s going to take a whole lot for the Jets to bounce back from this pathetic loss. Especially to once again go back to trusting Fitzpatrick to get the job done, even though inconsistency is his middle name.
It’s not time however to consider a quarterback change but Fitzpatrick can’t continue playing this desperate, “need to make something out of nothing” kind of football. If this keeps up, he’ll have to be benched in favor to see if Smith can do something to salvage a season with a lot of hope to make it another memorable one. Even though it’s only one game, it’s one that will continue to haunt this team until they prove they’re playing for something much greater than wins and losses.