Jets turn to Geno Smith to start at quarterback vs. Ravens
Oct 20 2016
Fitzpatrick was searching this season for last season's magic, which enabled him to throw for a career-best and franchise-high 31 touchdowns and lead the Jets to franchise highs of 5,925 total yards and 4,057 net passing yards as the Green & White rose to a 10-6 record and finished a win short of the playoffs. By the time his jaw had healed, Smith was entrenched as the No. 2.
The other - and more pressing - issue is that starting Geno Smith over Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't solve a leaky defense that opposing defenses have embarrassed.
For his Jets career, he has completed 57.9% of his passes for 5,867 yards, 27 TDs, 36 interceptions and a 71.9 rating.
After garnering little interest in the free-agent market, Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets on the eve of training camp, a move most Jets players celebrated. But a shoulder injury forced Petty out of practices for much of the first quarter of the season, and he's still assimilating from the spread offense he ran at Baylor.
The Jets immediately indicated that they wanted to bring Fitzpatrick back as the starter in 2016.
Now, it's a near certainty that Fitzpatrick won't be back with the Jets next season.
"I did (revisit the idea of starting Smith) and when I discuss it with the staff, when they know, then everybody else will know".
After Fitzpatrick threw an interception Monday night, Smith chucked his baseball cap and a cup of ice on the sideline. The Jets rank 26th overall and are last in the National Football League in scoring with 15.8 points per game. Bryce Petty, a fourth-rounder previous year, and rookie Christian Hackenberg, a second-rounder, are also in the mix - and some fans are clamoring to see one of the youngsters sooner rather than later.
Smith, 26, started 29 games for the Jets in 2013-14 after the team selected him in the second round of the 2013 Draft. Bowles said Tuesday it was a possibility both could play this season if the Jets are no longer in playoff contention.
Bowles acknowledged Tuesday that it's "definitely possible" that Petty or Hackenberg could play down the line, but added that the Jets "still got some stages to go before we get to that point". "I'm very confident with Todd Bowles and Mike", Johnson told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. "I'm disappointed, and I'm disappointed that we're making the change, but disappointed in my play this year as well". So you're not going to be the first to know, they're going to be the first to know. The competitor in me really wants to be out there, and the guy that was the leader of this team last year and the beginning of this year wants to be out there.
"That's the way I feel". We've been in some games.