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Todd Bowles get to keep his job as Ryan Fitzpatrick meets former team when Jets face Bills

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
Todd Bowles get to keep his job as Ryan Fitzpatrick meets former team when Jets face Bills
While Todd Bowles keeps his job, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick plays his last this season when the New York Jets face the Buffalo Bills.

The New York Jets is not after the current trend of firing coaches this season securing Coach Todd Bowles.While Todd Bowles keeps his job, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick plays his last this season when the New York face the Buffalo Bills.

The Jets does not put the blame on Bowles entirely, unlike their disgruntled fans, saying everyone must take the blame. However, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News writes Bowles’ fate rest on how their performance against the Bills. Despite already eliminated from playoffs, the Jets’ front office wants to exit with grace in Week 17.

“The reaction from Jets fans to the news Bowles will return has not been favorable. The only way to turn that around is by winning. Johnson has decided to give Bowles that chance,” Myres wrote.

Why give Bowles the chance?

Jets owner Woody Johnson does not put the blame solely on Bowles for their disappointing season. Last year, the Jets were 10-6 under Bowles and Johnson think the team can bounce back next season. However, Johnson has an erratic personality like firing Eric Mangin in 2008.

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Bowles needs to make the right decision this Sunday if he wants to impress Johnson and that includes all positions. The Jets will still let embattled quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick start the match against the Bills despite calls for Christian Hackenberg. Many in New York call Bowles stubborn and hope they could see what their rookie could give for the team.

“For me, I didn’t have control over when any of those other guys played. I only have control over when I play and what my journey is, and that’s my focus,” Hackenberg said.

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Bowles will have a lot of mixing to do facing the Bills considering their depleted roster into the offseason. Many hope Bowles would reconsider his decision not to use Hackenberg even at their last match for the season.

Will Ryan Fitzpatrick return next season?

As Bowles gets a second chance, the same thing could not be said with Fitzpatrick. Bowles intends to start Fitzpatrick on Sunday which could be his last as the Jets’ quarterback. Fitzpatrick stressed he did not expect his season would be a disaster adding he tried his best.

“I don’t think any of us expected this,” Fitzpatrick said. “I don’t know outside looking in what people expected, but it’s tough. The way that it’s gone, and for me, especially my playing and things I could’ve done better.”

Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal with Jets worth $12 million and will be a free agent in the offseason. He hopes to continue to play football after his stint with the Jets. Fitzpatrick described this year as “the most difficult season” of his career.

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Heading to Sunday’s match the Jets are still not out of the woods. Johnson may have stated that Bowles gets to keep his job but nothing is certain until they beat the Bills. Though Sunday’s match will likely be Fitzpatrick’s last, a bit of hope still lingers that they could finish strong.

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