The New York Jets may find themselves losing their season but Coach Todd Bowles is not yet ready to name a new starter. Bowles marches into the field in Week 7 supporting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
According to NFL.com, Bowles is keeping Fitzpatrick as his starter when they face the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. Bowles explained that their 28-3 loss to the Cardinals was not Fitzpatrick’s fault and stated that his starter will come back next week.
Fitzpatrick admitted that he could have played better against the Cardinals and yet he failed to meet expectations. He managed to throw 16 of 31 passes for 174 yards with one interception. Pressure will be on Fitzpatrick as he has yet to throw a touchdown this season and he hopes it would come against the Ravens.
The disappointing loss to the Cardinals was the fourth setback since scoring a win against the Bills last Sept. 16. It was also the third blowout setback that gives the Jets a 1-5 record in the AFC East.
“Tonight was a mixture of things, but in the first half, especially, I just didn’t hit some throws that I got to hit,” Fitzpatrick said after the game. “There were probably four occasions where I could have made a better play.”
There is still a lot of uncertainty in Week 7 for the Jets and Bowles might still change his mind and open the quarterback position for Geno Smith. The backup has taken his time and waiting for the right opportunity to present itself to him.
Bowles pulled Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of their match and sent in Smith, who called the snaps for the first time this season. But Bowles downplays the chances for Smith to get the starting gig. He likened the situation to baseball wherein a relief pitch closes the game.
Heading to Week 7 the Jets contemplates if they will still leave their fate in the hands of Fitzpatrick or give Smith the chance to turn things around. Fitzpatrick has caused too much damage to the Jets including a long hiatus about his contract. The change could be made within the week if the Jets do not want their season to just go down the drain.
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