Time for Jets to move on from Ryan Fitzpatrick
By Ryan Mayer
It’s time the New York Jets stop playing games at quarterback and start heading in a different direction. Gang Green should bench quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of seeing what the future could bring with any of their younger options at the position.
The New York Jets are 3-5 this season and it seems like everything has fallen to pieces. This offseason, Jets fans were looking forward to the possibility of the post season and having a dominant team. This, of course, was after the Jets shocked everyone last season and went 10-6. Unfortunately, that was far from the truth and the Jets have found themselves in a rut and looking towards the future possibly to see what they can fix for next season.
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After dropping to 1-5 the New York Jets decided to do what was on everyone’s mind and bench quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, in true Jet fashion, Geno Smith got injured in a quarter and a half of play. It opened the door back up to Fitzpatrick to come in and win the game. Allowing management and Fitzpatrick to make an excuse for why he should be in there.
It is time though that we as fans and the Jets organization accept that they should look towards the future and place faith in the young quarterbacks on the roster. Instead of a quarterback who demanded money and failed to show any talent to warrant the money given to him.
Fitzpatrick at this point in time is a failure this season and was barely able to muster past the worst team in the NFL against the Cleveland Browns. Plus, not to mention, almost threw another awful interception if it wasn’t for Quincy Enunwa who ripped it away from the defender.
There is no benefit any more from allowing Fitzpatrick into the starting role. At this moment in time, it is in the best interest to look to hand the starting job over to one of the younger players. That way, they can gain more experience which will allow the Jets to try and evaluate what they have to some degree.
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Fitzpatrick’s contract is for a year and the way he is playing does not warrant a second year or an extension of any kind. This means that the Jets will be looking to their current young talent next season or an outside source. To go into this offseason blind not truly knowing what you have in Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg when you now have the chance to not only get a high draft pick but also give the two young players some playing time and experience would be a huge misstep.
General manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles both need to take a step back and realize that they have a perfect opportunity in their hands at the moment. They can bite the bullet and pull Fitzpatrick for one of the younger players and allow themselves the chance to truly evaluate what they have next year when it comes to the quarterback position.
If they begin to win with one of the quarterbacks then you know who your starter is for the next season and you go into the offseason with that knowledge. If you start to lose even more with both these quarterbacks in then you win still by knowing it will be something to focus on come draft time.
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The Jets now have the perfect opportunity, will they take it? That is the true question here. Will the Jets take the steps needed to possibly improve this awful team? Only time will truly tell us that answer but one thing is for sure, Fitzpatrick is not the future and we need to start acting like he is already gone.