While the performance by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick of the New York Jets in the last two games is rare, to say that you expected better is to say you don’t understand how his overall career has gone.
First, prior to last season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has never had back-to-back good seasons, and some expected him to have a third straight. Secondly, most people, including the New York Jets, expected him to play the whole season as a bridge to the next quarterback. The only time in his career he played and started in every game in consecutive seasons, he totaled 39 interceptions in those campaigns.
In 2011, he had five games with two interceptions, two games with three and ended with four. Ending the season with a lot of interceptions looks familiar, doesn’t it? In fact, in that season, he had a stretch in the middle of the year where he had 11 interceptions in six games and ended the season with nine interceptions in the final four.
Thirdly, prior to coming to New York, he had 101 interceptions on 2,911 pass attempts for an INT% of 3.5%. Also, his TD-INT ration was basically 1-1.
Finally last year, his interceptions came at crucial times, just like this season. All four of his multiple interception games came in one possession losses.
While some expected Fitzpatrick to have a decent season, and potentially lead the Jets to the NFL Playoffs, the writing was on the wall from the beginning. Signing him was a mistake, and the Jets will regret it, because they could’ve just developed one of their young quarterbacks instead.