As the New York Jets are just three weeks into the regular season, did Ryan Fitzpatrick do enough damage against the Kansas City Chiefs to warrant a quarterback change?
For what seems like decades now, there is always some kind of quarterback situation when it comes to the New York Jets. All throughout the offseason, it was the hottest topic up until the Jets were able to finally come to terms with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on a one-year/$12M deal.
Some were delighted Fitzpatrick was able to return while others wish he was no longer an option under center. Regardless, the Jets brought him back and once again, inconsistency follows Fitzpatrick everywhere he goes. He had a bad game in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals but then bounced back tremendously in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills.
Against the Kansas City Chiefs on the road, however, Fitzpatrick put up a game that can only be described as one of the worst performances you’d ever see on the pro level. Considering he’s a veteran of over 10 years, this was an inexcusable performance worthy of forgetting.
Fitzpatrick was rushing his throws, couldn’t get into any offensive rhythm, and ruined potential scoring drives thanks to interceptions. Not only did Fitzpatrick throw six interceptions, the Jets decided to keep him in the game instead of sitting him for a series or two to allow him to reset himself.
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Does his abysmal performance warrant a quarterback change already?
In the grand scheme of things, absolutely not.
Patience is a virtue that everyone, especially fans of the Jets, know is important in all this.
Fitzpatrick had a terrible game but the Jets are still 1-2 with a lot of football left to play.
It’s highly doubtful that Fitzpatrick will play like that again against the upcoming Seattle Seahawks in Week 4, but the coaching staff needs to put him in a better situation.
The Jets are a team built on a solid defense and a potent rushing attack. They can’t expect Fitzpatrick to win games by throwing for 44 passes in a game like he did against the Chiefs. He’s not going to win many football games throwing that much but he will if he has a strong running game behind him and a defense that creates turnovers.
Overall, the Jets should continue sticking with Fitzpatrick, at least for now. It’s time for them to go back to the drawing board, use what has worked before, and stop trying to put Fitzpatrick in a position where he has to throw a whole lot in order to win. It’s not what this team is built for in the long run.