Through two games Ryan Fitzpatrick has done exactly what Jets fans could of hoped for. The team has a 2-1 record and he limited turnovers through the first two games. There seemed to be a misconception from some people on who Fitzpatrick is as a quarterback. He is not a game manager, and he does not play like he has a Harvard education. Fitzpatrick takes a lot of unnessasary risks and has been very turnover prone over his long career. This past week in a bad loss to the Eagles, Fitzpatrick went 35/58 with 283 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. For the season now he has 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. A big issue statistically for me with Fitzpatrick is that he only averages 6.09 yards per attempt. At home against Philadelphia we saw the lack of arm strength on full display. Fitzpatrick constantly threw deep balls that were to short and was checking down for the majority of the game. The Jets used a second rounder on Devin Smith, whose speciality is going deep. It does not help Devin Smith that Ryan Fitzpatrick is throwing him the football. I will cut the quarterback some slack as Eric Decker and Chris Ivory were both out. There is a reason why Fitzpatrick was cut by a team who has Ryan Mallett starting. The Jets are holding back the potential of this offense right now.
I am impressed that Todd Bowles is sticking to his guns and showing Fitzpatrick that he has his full confidence. Furthermore, a head coach should only stick to their guns for as long as it makes sense. The bye week would make the transition an easy one for a quarterback change. This game in London should decide a lot for the Jets moving forward.