Journeymen quarterbacks with double-digit turnovers less than halfway through the season generally don’t keep their starting positions.
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick understands this, but still was not happy about getting benched.
“I’m disappointed that we’re making the change, but disappointed in my play this year as well,” Fitzpatrick said, via Newsday’s Kimberley A. Martin. “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. But it’s the decision that [Jets Coach] Todd [Bowles] made.
“I’ve got to respect his decision. But I don’t have to like it.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that the Jets were going to start Geno Smith this week. Fitzpatrick was taken off of the field while the Jets were trailing the Arizona Cardinals 28-3 on Monday Night Football.
At the time, Fitzpatrick was 16-for-31 for 174 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Smith was not much better. He went 4-for-6 for 66 yards and an interception.
Fitzpatrick has completed 57 percent of passes for 5 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 6 games. However, in Geno Smith’s three NFL season he has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.