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New York Jets roster: Jets named Geno Smith starting QB as Ryan Fitzpatrick suits self in the bench

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
Jets named Geno Smith starting QB as Ryan Fitzpatrick suits self in the bench
The New York Jets are hoping to salvage their season big time as Coach Todd Bowles named Geno Smith as starting quarterback.

The New York Jets are hoping to salvage their season big time as Coach Todd Bowles named Geno Smith as starting quarterback. Smith will replace Ryan Fitzpatrick when they face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 this Sunday.

According to NJ.com, Bowles made the move Wednesday after talking to the media stating that he felt it is time to spark up the team. Bowles explained the need to change to see what Smith can bring to the team at this stage of the season.

“We have guys of equal talent, and on an equal talent level. When one isn’t playing well, you try to turn to the other one. That’s what we did,” Bowles said. “We had six games where we didn’t play very well in five of them. The quarterback is ultimately responsible, but I’m responsible, the rest of the team is responsible. I felt like it would be a good time to make a change and see what [Smith] can do.”

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Smith took into the field for the first time in the Jets last game against the Arizona Cardinals wherein they suffered a 28-3 beating. The 26-year old out of West Virginia University replaced Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of the match which further fuelled the revamp in the QB spot.

Bowles added the decision he made to have Smith was after consulting with his coaching staff and after reviewing the game tape. After a long mind game for adjustment to his contract, Fitzpatrick failed to live up to the expectations as the Jets dwindle to the cellar of the team standings.

In the match against the Cardinals, Fitzpatrick managed to complete 16 out of 31 passes for 174 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. But for Smith the decision is not about him and stressed that the team needs to bounce back and save their season.

“It’s not about me. It’s about every single guy in this locker room and the entire offense finding its rhythm,” Smith said.

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For his part, Fitzpatrick felt disappointed with the way he started the season and apologizes for his performance. He added that the decision should not limit Smith to just one game but to give him the chance to show capabilities for the team.

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