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Todd Bowles Changes His Mind About Ryan Fitzpatrick

Photo credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Photo credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Last night, the Jets limped their way to a 28-3 loss to the Cardinals. Ryan Fitzpatrick started, went 16-for-31, and tossed a pick. He was replaced by a very mad Geno Smith, who ended his only drive by throwing a pick to Tyrann Mathieu. The Jets have a surplus of quarterbacks, but that doesn’t really help them because nobody can beat out Fitzpatrick, who is butt.


After the game last night, Bowles expressed confidence in Fitzpatrick, saying:

“Fitz will be back next week ... It definitely wasn’t Fitz’s fault. He barely had any time to throw.”

This afternoon, he walked back his comments and opened up the door for Geno, or possibly one of their other stable of QBs.

Bowles conceded he “revisited” the matter after his postgame news conference. He pulled Fitzpatrick midway through the fourth quarter of the blowout, inserting Smith, whose only series ended with an interception.

“He did show some promise when he was in there,” Bowles said of Smith. “He understood the game plan and he did good for that drive he was in there.”

Asked directly if Smith could start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (3-3), Bowles said, “We have to talk about more than that. There’s a possibility every week there will be some changes made, player-wise.”

Bowles also said that Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty getting into a game before the season ends is “definitely possible,” so at least Jets fans can look forward to watch each and every one of their quarterbacks getting the chance to toss soul-crippling interceptions.

Staff writer, Deadspin