Ryan Fitzpatrick rejuvenated his mercurial career last season. Oddly enough, his top wide receiver never thought it would happen.
Fitzpatrick stepped in for the New York Jets at quarterback in odd circumstances after presumptive starter Geno Smith had his jaw broken by IK Enemkpali over a $600 plane ticket. Fitzpatrick wound up having a tremendous year by his and Jets standards, breaking a franchise single-season record with 31 touchdown passes.
Wideout Brandon Marshall wasn’t a believer in “Fitzmagic” at this time last season, however.
“I was scared. It was over. Season’s over,” Marshall told the New York Daily News’ Seth Walder. “We’re done.”
Marshall’s opinion changed drastically as the season went on, however. Catching 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns gets any wide receiver on his quarterback’s good side. In fact, Marshall was one of Fitzpatrick’s greatest advocates during the offseason stalemate between the journeyman quarterback and the franchise.
Videos like this are just one of the many examples of how Marshall’s outlook changed rapidly.
Of course, Marshall has complicated relationships with the people throwing him the ball. Just look at the erosion of his relationship with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. When things are good, Marshall is happy. When things take a turn, so does Marshall’s attitude.
It’s also important to note that while Fitzpatrick greatly exceeded expectations, he also collapsed during New York’s Week 17 contest against the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick tossed three fourth quarter interceptions, perhaps showing his true colors.
So while Marshall is probably feeling much more optimistic this season, it’s important to keep in mind that things can change quickly.