New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles named Ryan Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback after Geno Smith tore his ACL in a 24-16 win against the Baltimore Ravens. It was Smith’s first start since 2014.
Bowles: Tests indicate QB Geno Smith tore his ACL. "It's tough luck for the kid...Fitzpatrick finished the game up & we're going with Fitz."— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 24, 2016
After a second opinion, Smith was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Ever since he was drafted by the Jets in 2013, Smith had some good moments. However, the bad outweighs the good. Smith has thrown for 5,962 yards to go along with 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions as a Jets quarterback. In the victory over the Ravens, Smith threw for 95 yards and one touchdown, but he was injured after a sack in the second quarter and did not return.
After he went down, Smith said, "something just felt funny when I got up. I don't think it'll be anything too significant, but we'll see."
Smith started his career off in rough fashion, but was actually decent in his last 14 starts. In his last start before Sunday, Smith completed 80 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was benched the week before, entered the game in Smith’s place. He will likely be the starting quarterback once again when the Jets face the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.
Saying Fitzpatrick got off to a rough start this season is an understatement. So far, he has thrown for six touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In a Week 3 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, Fitzpatrick threw a whopping six interceptions. The Jets lost that game 24-3. But he rebounded against the Ravens, completing 9 of 14 passes with a touchdown and no turnovers.
After the Jets’ victory against Baltimore that improved their record to 2-5, Fitzpatrick said Woody Johnson, the Jets’ owner, and general manager Mike Maccagnan stopped believing in him.
“The biggest thing in this game in order to last is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said. “Because when the owner stops believing in you, and the GM stops believing in you, and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself.”
On Monday, Bowles responded to Fitzpatrick’s comments:
Bowles on Fitz's comments: If pissed off is going to stop the turnovers, I'm more than happy that he'll be pissed off the whole time.— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) October 24, 2016
Smith was supposed to be the starter before last season, until he was sucker punched by former teammate IK Enemkpali. Smith sat out for weeks with a broken jaw and lost the starting gig to Fitzpatrick, who went on to have a career year. This past offseason, it took a long time for the Jets to reach a new contract with Fitzpatrick, but they came to terms right before training camp on a one-year, $12 million deal.
Smith will be a free agent in March, and his start Sunday seemed like his last shot at being the Jets' quarterback of the future. It's too early to write off his career completely, but the Jets are likely ready to move on from Smith.
If Fitzpatrick goes back to making bad decisions with the football like he did before Sunday — he threw nine interceptions over a two-game span — there's a chance that Bowles might turn to Bryce Petty.
Based on what I heard earlier, Petty is likely a few weeks from being considered for starting job. If Fitz throws picks it'll happen— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 24, 2016
Petty showed promise this preseason, but the second-year quarterback has been dealing with a shoulder injury all season and only recently returned to practice.
The other quarterback on the roster is rookie Christian Hackenberg, who has yet to be active for a game this season.