Ryan Fitzpatrick should not be starting quarterback of Jets
By Eddie Sapienza
After struggling on the New York Jets to a 1-5, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched for Geno Smith. Now with Smith done for the year and the Jets 2-5, it’s time the Jets give someone else a chance
In 2015, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick did all fans of the New York Jets could ask for and more. After a long offseason dispute, Fitzpatrick was brought back on a one-year, $12M deal. In the first six games, Fitzpatrick led the Jets to a below expected 1-5 record.
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Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick led the NFL in interceptions with 11. To the fans pleasure, head coach Todd Bowles made Geno Smith the starting quarterback. Smith was doing well but unfortunately, he hurt his knee and that injury turned out to be a torn ACL. So the question is what now?
Bowles has named Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback but is this the right move? At 2-5, the Jets don’t pose much of a chance of making the NFL playoffs so why not start either Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty?
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As of now, it seems like Bowles and the front office are trying to believe this is a playoff team but not many 2-5 teams make the postseason.
Since it is a lost season it would be the right time to test out who you have. Especially to make a decision on what the first round pick they have should be used for.
Since the preseason, Petty opened the eyes of many and if the Jets give him the right opportunity, he can be something special.
Even with Smith healthy, Petty should have been the backup. Petty has a very bright future and it’s time for the Jets to give him a chance.
As for Hackenberg, his preseason play was not impressive at all. He still needs a few years to get everything together before he becomes an effective starting quarterback.
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There is still a slim chance the Jets make the playoffs. They have a better shot, however, with either Petty orHackenberg under center.