There is a reason Fitzpatrick has been on 6 teams, he is an average quarterback. The Jets have beaten Cleveland (3-10), Indianapolis (6-7), Miami twice (5-8), Washington (6-7), Jacksonville (5-8), New York (6-7), and Tennessee (3-10). You play who is on your schedule but as you can see there are no signature wins here. I have been impressed with the Jets skill players. Sunday’s win against the Titans was the seventh game this season in which Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker both caught touchdown passes. That ties the NFL record set in 1998 by Randy Moss and Cris Carter of the Vikings.
Here’s the problem, what is the Jets objective? Is it to get to the playoffs or actually compete for a Super Bowl? With Fitzpatrick they have no chance of winning a championship. My problem is the complacency that the Jets will show, if they make the post-season. Fitz is a short term solution, if the Jets make the post-season, they will bring him back as a starter next year. This is not what this organization needs. They are almost better not making the playoffs and trying to draft a franchise QB.
The Patriots just clinched their 13th division title in 15 years. They did this because they have a Hall of Fame quarterback. Last year’s final four teams all had elite quarterbacks… Russell Wilson (SEA), Aaron Rodgers (GB), Andrew Luck (INDY) and Tom Brady (Pats). Fitz is going to be 34 next year, and the Jets will be in the same position as they have been in since Joe Namath retired, they won’t have an elite quarterback. Having Fitz run your team is like going to the gym with a broken hand, you can still do some positive things but you will always be limited.
Jets fans think bigger, think of the future… the days of game managers like Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson winning Super Bowls are over. You need a playmaker down the stretch. I am not saying the former Harvard graduate isn’t playing well… he is, but when asked to win games he won’t be able to. (And Jets fans) Don’t tell me Fitz won the Giants game, Tom Coughlin’s defense is one of the worst in all of football. Against elite teams, in the playoffs he won’t be able to do that. What is the Jets objective, as long as Fitz is running the team it… is just making the playoffs. Bill Belichick benched Drew Bledsoe for Tom Brady, Jim Harbaugh benched Alex Smith the year after they went to the NFC Championship for Colin Kaepernick. Both Belichick and Harbaugh realized that even though they had success with a quarterback, the needed to evolve, grow and get more production. This is what the Jets have to do, they can’t bring Fitz back next year as anything but a backup. I like Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, I hope they see the big picture. If they don’t it will be the same old Jets.
I am going to paraphrase Rocky III and change Rocky Balboa to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
“At 34, the odds of (Balboa) Ryan Fitzpatrick winning a championships are very long indeed. Can he do it, most experts doubt it, (Balboa) Fitzpatrick was a great competitor (champion) but his time is passed, I wish him luck.”
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