New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles says that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starter going forward, despite his benching in favor of Geno Smith in Monday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Fitzpatrick had thrown just two touchdowns against a massive 10 interceptions over the past four games, including Monday’s bout against the Cardinals. Smith replaced Fitzpatrick late in the fourth quarterback.
“Fitz will be back next week,” Bowles said, while referring to Smith as a relief pitcher. Fitzpatrick has been a career journeyman but played exceptionally well last year. That caused a drawn-out contract battle this offseason, but Fitzpatrick simply hasn’t looked like himself.
Smith, 26, only played in a single game last season, where he threw for 265 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. In four seasons, he’s played in 31 career games with a 57.9 completion percentage, 27 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.
In 2013, Smith was a second-round pick by the Jets. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t able to get much done with limited time and down several touchdowns in the fourth.