Ryan Fitzpatrick is the world’s first Harvard cowboy

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.

23 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick is the world’s first Harvard cowboy

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. .
    I think both Schaub and Fitzpatrick will perform much better in their new environments.
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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!

  12. 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…

  13. 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…
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    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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