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Fitzpatrick trying to buck forgettable history against Ryan-coached defenses

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan instructs his team on the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

The buildup to Thursday night’s Jets-Bills game hasn’t been anything like last year, when Bills coach Rex Ryan was facing the team that fired him and provided all sorts of pregame fodder.

Ryan has been uncharacteristically quiet this time around, maybe because he knows his team needs a win and maybe because he doesn’t have to say much after beating the Jets twice last season. For the Jets to turn the tables, they’ll need quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to play better than he did against the Bills last season — and to reverse his forgettable history against Ryan-coached defense.

As the Buffalo News clearly outlined on Wednesday, Fitzpatrick has been somewhere between mediocre and awful against Ryan’s teams. In nine starts going back to a 2008 game when Fitzpatrick was with the Bengals and Ryan was the coordinator with the Ravens, Ryan’s teams are 8-1.

In 11 total games against Ryan’s teams, Fitzpatrick has thrown 16 touchdowns vs. 12 interceptions, completed just 47 percent of his passes and averaged 166 yards per game. He’s been a 60 percent passer for his career and was at 61 percent while averaging 228 yards per game over his last two seasons, so that’s a pretty steep dropoff.

Fitzpatrick had the best season of his career in 2015 and the Jets went 10-6. But he completed just 43 percent of his passes in two losses to the Bills and was picked off three times in a season-ending loss that kept the Jets out of the playoffs. Fitzpatrick threw for more than 200 yards in 12 of the 15 games he finished last season, and two of three he didn’t were against the Bills.

While Fitzpatrick conceded that he’s struggled vs. Ryan’s teams and said his numbers “aren’t on par” in those games, he also said “we could be honest, too. You look at my career numbers and it’s not like I’m competing with the Hall of Famers.”

To be honest, he’s right. And he’ll have to be good for the Jets to win both teams need badly Thursday night.

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19 Responses to “Fitzpatrick trying to buck forgettable history against Ryan-coached defenses”
  1. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 14, 2016 8:40 PM

    “…we could be honest, too. You look at my career numbers and it’s not like I’m competing with the Hall of Famers.”

    The lesser lights among us may have a field day with that but I respect the hell out of him for saying it.
    A Pats fan

  2. ajg314 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:46 PM

    0 – 2 is not insurmountable, but it would be a heckuva deep hole to try and crawl out of.

  3. The Truth says: Sep 14, 2016 8:47 PM

    Lousy typical thursday night garbage game. Sunday’s games with two or three exceptions were lousy as well. A bad product

  4. amishninjas says: Sep 14, 2016 8:50 PM

    If Rex was smart he’d bring in a young offensive mind and then he could stick to running the D. Probably fair to say he’s an above average coordinator and his players seem to like playing for him.

  5. 315judman says: Sep 14, 2016 9:26 PM

    Bills fan here, and a big Fitz fan taboot… but his Achilles heel is the repeated and ill-timed the 4th qtr interceptions.

  6. cosmicconvoy says: Sep 14, 2016 10:44 PM

    “… we could be honest, too. You look at my career numbers and it’s not like I’m competing with the Hall of Famers.”

    Funny … his contract demands said otherwise.

  7. dickshotdogs says: Sep 14, 2016 11:10 PM

    It’s the bills and jets. Yawn.

  8. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 15, 2016 12:18 AM

    Wedging toothpicks in my eyes now to make it through this game

  9. bsizemore68 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:19 AM

    The East could be in for a wild run this year. My team beat the Redskins then lose 3 in a row. The Pats are the same old team that always find a way to win.Bill

  10. mclennon99 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:30 AM

    Fitz didn’t have Matt Forte last year either. He’ll take a lot of pressure of Fitzpatrick with screen passes. The Bills played last week looking like they’ve already cashed it in for the year. Jets played a good Bengals team hard. They also remember being knocked out of the playoffs by the Bills last year. They’ll be ready this week.

    Jets 31-10

  11. ibillwt says: Sep 15, 2016 6:03 AM

    Something good will come out of any game between Jets and Bills.

  12. Don Humphrey says: Sep 15, 2016 7:21 AM

    Looking forward to the days when Rex will be a color commentator — it doesn’t look like I’ll have to wait much longer

  13. unclebluck says: Sep 15, 2016 7:51 AM

    As a Bills fan I am not looking forward to tonight’s game. The Bills were 9-7 the year before Wrecks took over. 8-8 Wrecks first year with the team. I expect the team to regress further with #Schmuckcoach…..

  14. footballfanatic says: Sep 15, 2016 7:54 AM

    Lets all praise rex as a defensive mastermind for doing well against a mediocre QB. He took over a great defense in NYJ, let someone elses work carry him for 2 seasons and then spend the next for doing it his way and turning them into a 4 win team. Then steps into buffalo with a 4th ranked D and turns it into a 24th ranked D. This guy is not only a horrible HC, he is an awful defensive coordinator- just like his brother.

  15. helldog33 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:43 AM

    The Beard vs The Feet. Clash of the NFL titans.

  16. gah05 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:25 AM

    All this talk of how good the Jets defense is (pumped up by NY media)…nobody’s talking about the Bills defense, they ONLY gave up 13 points against them Ravens & kept the Bills in the game despite the lack of offense. I hope Tyrod can get it going, I expect the same defensively. Go Bills!

  17. kissbillsrings says: Sep 15, 2016 9:30 AM

    The Ravens “O” is NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT when trying to pump up the Bills “D” & how good it is… Just sayin

  18. nhpats says: Sep 15, 2016 9:30 AM

    The Truth says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:47 PM
    Lousy typical thursday night garbage game. Sunday’s games with two or three exceptions were lousy as well. A bad product

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    I disagree…..this should be a great game. It’s hard to say any game is a “must win” when it’s the 2nd week of the season, but starting out 0-2 would be tough….especially for the Bills. I expect a very tough physical game from both teams. As a Pats fan, I am hoping for a tie!

  19. jeffreyshulenburg says: Sep 15, 2016 9:43 AM

    All this talk of how good the Jets defense is (pumped up by NY media)…nobody’s talking about the Bills defense, they ONLY gave up 13 points against them Ravens & kept the Bills in the game despite the lack of offense. I hope Tyrod can get it going, I expect the same defensively. Go Bills!

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    To be fair they did give up 250 passing yards. However, when you consider that 3 starting players arent in the lineup it was a VERY strong effort. 3 sacks and effectively shut down Terrence West and Justin Forsett in the run game. Flaccor was forced to beat the bills on 4-8 yard passing routes most of the day. When Dareus and Lawson return this D could be surprising a few people come november/december.

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