We have talked a bit in recent days about how Jets backup quarterbacks need to stop creating potential distractions by what they say to the media. Apparently since Ryan Fitzpatrick is now the backup quarterback, he decided to throw his hat into the creating unnecessary distractions ring.
Fitzpatrick says the owner, GM and coaches stopped believing in him. Candid stuff— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 23, 2016
Fitzpatrick: "I think I should start every week."— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 23, 2016
Fitzpatrick: "I play better as an underdog pissed off."— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 23, 2016
I think it is clear the people running the Jets have indeed lost faith in Fitzpatrick, but that is with good reason. His play this year might be the biggest reason the team is so far out of the race so early.
He might say that he plays better as an underdog, but his play was not very good in this one. If not for a dominant defensive effort in the second half and a tremendous fumble forced by Brandon Marshall, the Jets may well have lost this game due to their quarterback play.
I don’t know whether it was the emotion of the game or what caused this, but these comments come off quite poorly.