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Ryan Fitzpatrick is the world’s first Harvard cowboy

Ryan Fitzpatrick AP

Maybe the Lone Ranger would have been a better description.

Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey was talking about quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and referred to his “cowboy mentality.”

That drew a laugh from Texans coach Bill O’Brien, who noted Fitzpatrick’s well-documented educational background.

“That’s an interesting way to describe Ryan,” O’Brien said. “I’m not sure a Harvard guy’s ever been described with a cowboy mentality.

“He’s a good guy, and he’s fun to coach. He’s thrown the ball accurately. He works hard. He’s picked up the system well. He earned the job. We’re looking forward to seeing how he does in training camp.”

The Texans have little choice but to ride with Fitzpatrick at this point. They can only hope his Wild West background as a Buffalo Bill serves him well, until they can work on the position again next offseason.

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23 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick is the world’s first Harvard cowboy”
  1. idoubtiwillbother says: Jun 20, 2014 1:02 PM

    I think he will do well.

    A cowboy works his butt off, sunup to sundown, deals forthrightfully with the world, is tough, is responsible, has skills, and doesn’t always shave.

    Fitz fits. Wish we still had him.

  2. brandonj21 says: Jun 20, 2014 1:04 PM

    People sleeping Fitzpatrick. With Bill O’brien , he could be decent. Not great..but decent. Sometimes a change of scenary and coaching can help out a ton. But he really needs Andre back … Or Arian Foster will lead the team in receptions …

  3. weepingjebus says: Jun 20, 2014 1:08 PM

    Education and intelligence are not the same thing, as many politicians have proven.

  4. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 20, 2014 1:11 PM

    Fascinating

  5. davefromwork says: Jun 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    They’ll already be positioning themselves to draft Mariota by week 3.

  6. 2bemoore43 says: Jun 20, 2014 1:44 PM

    change of scenery? Cincinatti, Buffalo, Nashville, now Houston. how much scenery does he need to change before he changes himself? Numbers Never Lie…. Fitz-Tragic is Alex Smith with more interceptions.

  7. claymus1 says: Jun 20, 2014 1:45 PM

    This kid is gonna be just fine in Houston. Not a Bills fan either but for some reason this QB caught my eye…He is my sleeper pick for biggest surprise of the 2014 season.

  8. 6ball says: Jun 20, 2014 1:55 PM

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    I think both Schaub and Fitzpatrick will perform much better in their new environments.
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  9. uglydingo says: Jun 20, 2014 1:57 PM

    Ryan Fitzpatrick has been given many opportunities in the NFL and consistently failed when the pressure was applied. Why will his travelling to the Texans be any different?
    This is a nice warm article but he is probably at best, a low cost short term fix as QB even with Bill O’Brien’s special magic.
    The Houston Texans had opportunities in the first 2 rounds of the Draft to select a prospective QB as starter and elected to fill other needs. They should not be surprised or moan if/when Fitzpatrick fails. It is totally predictable.

  10. htown1035 says: Jun 20, 2014 2:11 PM

    There’s a difference between intelligence and judgement. He may be intelligent, he may be from Harvard, but on the field he continually uses bad judgement, hence why he throws so many interceptions.

  11. jmart1971 says: Jun 20, 2014 2:32 PM

    gunslinger – another sage rosenfelds, but with a little more accurary and deep ball…well compared to Sage

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    “Mommas don’t let yer babies grow up to go to Harvard..”.

  13. bhampax says: Jun 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    The talent on the Texans make this the best team Fitz has ever played on (it would help if A. Johnson decided to come play!).

    Much of the problem with Fitz has been picks – feeling like he “has” to make the throw because he’s their only hope. I think with the defense giving him lots of opportunities and confidence to play a safer game – plus Bill O. preaching that fact – he might surprise some people with his effectiveness.

    In my heart of hearts, I wanted McNown to come to the Texans – but Fitz has a chance to get hot like he did last season.

  14. texansdan says: Jun 20, 2014 3:49 PM

    I think he’s behind a much better team than he’s had in the past. This is his best opportunity so far, and I’d like to see what he can do before jumping off the ship. Hopefully he will surprise all the haters.

  15. tennesseetitan78 says: Jun 20, 2014 3:49 PM

    There were times he played really well last yr. But I think he got put into to many situations last yr to where he was the only hope to win some games…. And well, he blew it usually by throwing a pick!!

  16. don2074978 says: Jun 20, 2014 6:17 PM

    Ryan Fitzpatrick graduated from Gilbert AZ Highland High School. Plenty of Cowboys here

  17. rupp246 says: Jun 20, 2014 6:28 PM

    Fitzgerald as a starting qb is a joke!

  18. slobberknocker says: Jun 20, 2014 6:29 PM

    When did constantly throwing interceptions become part of a cowboy mentality?

    Oh, wait… maybe like the, always 8-8 Dallas cowboys

  19. docboss says: Jun 20, 2014 6:52 PM

    I think Mike Martz should get a little “love” for Ryan’s success.

  20. evansvc says: Jun 20, 2014 7:38 PM

    What would it hurt to take a look at Vince Young….. Don’t let this guy retire without bringing him in for a tryout…. (NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    He can help a team…even if it’s just to upgrade the quarterback pool…

  21. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jun 21, 2014 3:52 PM

    I think Posey meant “Cowboy” with a capital “C”. In other words, he thinks Fitzpatrick is a loser who chokes when it really matters.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 22, 2014 1:41 PM

    DeVier…. please don’t EVER describe a Texan player’s mentality as… “cowboy”….

    Ehhh I just threw up in my mouth a little…

  23. htown1035 says: Jun 22, 2014 11:49 PM

    evansvc says: Jun 20, 2014 7:38 PM

    What would it hurt to take a look at Vince Young….. Don’t let this guy retire without bringing him in for a tryout…. (NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    He can help a team…even if it’s just to upgrade the quarterback pool…
    ——————————————

    Honestly, these people are still around? VY is retired, get over it already. He couldn’t help the last 4 teams he was cut by, what makes you think he could help this one?

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