The New York Jets have once again committed to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for their Week 13 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Looks like they’ll stick with him until the bitter end.
Even in their wildest dreams, fans of the New York Jets never envisioned a season just like this one. The Jets are 3-8 and at the very bottom of the AFC East. They’re just one loss away from being mathematically eliminated from the NFL Playoffs and yet, head coach Todd Bowles continues to stick with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick until the bitter end.
The Jets have many more problems than just at quarterback but it’s safe to say that Fitzpatrick will probably continue getting the nod to start until the end of the season. Many want to see quarterback Bryce Petty get a few starts here and there but knowing how Bowles has been all season long, it’s probably not going to happen.
It looks like he’s a coach that wants to win more football games than audition for the future at key positions on the team. None is more than at quarterback but considering that the Jets spent $12M to bring back Fitzpatrick, it looks like they’d rather make him earn his pay rather than have him ride the bench.
It’s a decision that will continue drawing controversy but remember, there are only just five more games left in this abysmal season. For what it’s worth, the Jets will probably stick with the “we want to win football games” mentality and let Fitzpatrick continue to sink with this ship.
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Hopefully, the Jets come to reason and see that giving Petty at least a start or two won’t hurt anything at all. After the Jets are eliminated, wins won’t mean much of anything since giving Petty more experience will help his development in the long run.
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Overall, Jets fans can’t wait for this season to finally be over to see what kind of changes this franchise will make to have a better future. Even though they’ll probably stick with Fitzpatrick much longer than they’re supposed to, it’s only a matter of time before 2016 is finally over.