At the end of the day, this science experiment between the New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has gone horribly wrong.
Chemistry was the buzzword for the New York Jets on why they kept Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, this experiment has gone south. In fact, the lab has burnt to the ground. Despite a good game in Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick still has a 1-2 TD-INT ratio, and he’s under 60% completion rate. Why did the Jets expect anything different from the bearded wonder? CHEMISTRY?!
Continuity is extremely important. However, it can’t be that important when the quarterback is expected just to be a bridge to the next guy anyway. The problem wasn’t the fact that they signed Fitzpatrick to be the bridge.
It was the albatross of a contract that he demanded and got because his career showed he didn’t deserve it. That’s why the Jets dug in until the last moment.
Fitzpatrick backed the Jets into a corner. Then, he back up the Brinks truck. Hindsight is always 20/20, but if they should have let the young quarterbacks battle it out, because now, after the preseason, we believe in Bryce Petty.
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They should have let Geno Smith and Petty battle for the starting job. Then, after one of them won the starting job, cut the other.
If they then felt Christian Hackenberg wasn’t ready, they could’ve signed a veteran backup. They would’ve been able to get one cheaply.
It’s difficult to say the team wouldn’t be 1-4 anyway. However, it’s not difficult to say that it wouldn’t be worse.
Now the coaching staff feels stuck with a starting quarterback they don’t trust, a backup quarterback they don’t trust either and an injured third stringer.
One thing must be said, though. Despite the losing, this season, the general manager/head coach combination deserves a shot to right the ship.