The Jet Press asked fans of the New York Jets to vote via Twitter on whether or not they agreed a quarterback change should happen in Week 7. The final results speak volumes on what the majority things.
As the New York Jets lost their fourth straight game, this time to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football in Week 6, something rather interesting happened. No, it wasn’t the missed tackles, the plethora of penalties, or the continued terrible quarterback play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. It was about whether or not change is needed to happen to the most important position on the team.
We asked our followers on the official Twitter account of The Jet Press to vote on this topic. To see if whether or not they agreed with head coach Todd Bowles in sticking with Fitzpatrick for Week 7. Especially after he was benched against the Cardinals in favor of quarterback Geno Smith.
The majority of fans voted that Bowles was making yet another terrible mistake. It screams the fact that they need to finally move on from Fitzpatrick. It’s understood that even though they spent $12M to secure him on a one-year deal, it’s not working out. The truth of the matter is, he’s not getting the job done and is ineffective under center.
83% of all that voted “No” are correct. Bowles will soon realize that Fitzpatrick doesn’t have the arm strength, football IQ, or even the required skill-set to be effective like he once was. It also has to do with the fact that the Jets have been facing some of the better teams in the NFL but regardless, the fans want change. Here are the final results of our poll below:
Do you agree with head coach Todd Bowles sticking with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for Week 7? #NYJ
— The Jet Press (@TheJetPress) October 18, 2016
At the end of the day, perhaps it will take another meltdown of a performance to permanently sit Fitzpatrick once and for all this season. One thing is for sure, his terrible style of play has labeled him the worst quarterback in the NFL by many insiders and analysts across all media.
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Surely, change is inevitable because things can’t continue being like this. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.
Bowles needs to understand that Smith should be given a full shot at starting and not being used as a “relief pitcher” just to give him reps in garbage time.
While Bowles has come out recently to rectify his post-game statements that he might leave that door open for Smith to become a starter again, he must act quickly and make a final decision sooner than later.
The Jets are 1-5 and at this rate, will be eventually be mathematically eliminated from the NFL Playoffs. Of course, this team is nowhere near that caliber of being a postseason contender but perhaps a quarterback change can bring a spark to at least have something positive to look forward to on game day.
Overall, change needs to happen at quarterback and quickly. At this point in time, it’s best the Jets see what Smith could do and give Fitzpatrick a week or two off to see if the time away can reset him to perform better again if needed. If Smith doesn’t work out, the Jets also have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. The Jets decided to keep four quarterbacks on the roster for a reason and well, they might as well consider them all if it means putting them in a better position to win football games.