Jets' Bowles won't rule out QB change
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Oct 20, 2016,
Oct 20, 2016, 5:08
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. Adam Schefter is reporting the team will make a change and name Geno Smith the new starting quarterback. Smith started his first two seasons in the National Football League, but lost the starting job to Fitzpatrick past year after Smith had his jaw broken in a locker room fight.
Smith will start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, his first start since December 28, 2014. Smith orchestrated one drive, in which he completed four of six passes for 31 yards, had one fumble (which was recovered by the Jets) and tossed one interception. After turning down a three-year, $24-million offer earlier in the summer, Fitzpatrick ended up signing a one-year deal for $12 million.
If Smith can't get the job done, NY also could go young, as second-year QB Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg also are on the roster.
The Ryan Fitzpatrick Era in NY might be over. Fitzpatrick then took over and went on to throw a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes and within a win of the playoffs at 10-6.
The spiraling Jets are giving Geno Smith the chance to save their season.
If I were to take a wild guess, I believe the Ravens will see Ryan Fitzpatrick start this game, but he could very well be on a short leash.
But after meeting with Jets brass Tuesday evening, Bowles is expected to change course and elevate Smith, the 2012 second-rounder with an 11-18 career mark.
Coach Todd Bowles was scheduled to meet with his staff - as he does the day after every game - on Tuesday night, and switching things up at various positions was on the table.
"It won't change a ton [how we prepare] because I think the offense is going to remain, essentially, the same with what they do".
"The game was 28-3 with eight minutes left in the game", Bowles said.
While Fitzpatrick has lost his starting job, Johnson said Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan's jobs are safe - despite this disappointing season.
But the QB play has not compelled Bowles to make a permanent change just yet. Even his brief appearance Monday night was a microcosm of Smith's ups and downs.
Arizona already had the game solidly in hand with a 28-3 lead after Palmer tossed a 9-yard fade route to Michael Floyd for a touchdown with 8:20 to play in the game.