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Harvard man Ryan Fitzpatrick says the key was to “think less”

New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14), wide receiver Eric Decker (87) and others during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Jets won 37-31. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) AP

Not sure if you guys have heard about this, but Ryan Fiitzpatrick is a smart guy. Went to Harvard and everything. People should really talk about that more.

But the Jets quarterback said it was gearing down his brain a bit which helped him lead the Jets to a strong bounce-back last night against the Bills after an ugly opener against the Bengals.

“I think the biggest thing for me is, even going into the game, I just wanted to think less,” Fitzpatrick told reporters. “I think that helped me out a lot. Think less, don’t try to be perfect, don’t try to diagnose everything that he’s trying to do and just play the game.”

The output against the Bengals was far from perfect (77.0 passer rating), but he recovered nicely (116.5) last night, looking again like last year’s record-setting quarterback. And he did it in an old home, against a defense that has messed with him in the past.

“I mean I think it means a little bit more than a regular game,” he said. “It was my life for four years, being here, not necessarily because it was against Rex but because of the place, this place especially for me to play in.

“So, maybe it means a little more for me, but again I’m more excited about our team and the way that we responded in the second half.”

And perhaps all it took was not using that giant brain a little less.

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7 Responses to “Harvard man Ryan Fitzpatrick says the key was to “think less””
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2016 6:42 AM

    Fitzpatrick isn’t a great QB, but he’s way better than Tyrod Taylor.

  2. owlbania says: Sep 16, 2016 6:47 AM

    Went to Harvard and everything. People should really talk about that more.


  3. nyhealingpoints says: Sep 16, 2016 7:26 AM

    Jets fans hope, Fitzy is having a Rich Gannon like older resurgence.

  4. intrafinesse says: Sep 16, 2016 8:11 AM

    Maybe the key was the Bills poor pass defense.

  5. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 16, 2016 2:28 PM

    The Bills defense is suffering from a double dose of the Ryan Syndrome.

  6. turtlehut says: Sep 16, 2016 2:55 PM

    Same sports psychology – Way back when I started playing tennis (with a wooden racket) I was given a book “The Inner Game of Tennis” which taught the principles: stop trying, stop forcing, quiet the mind and let it happen. Has helped me in a lot of things

  7. laserw says: Sep 16, 2016 2:58 PM

    I am happy for Fitzpatrick.

    He was always the best QB on the team and the Jets did him dirty.

    Tonight he showed them that he is the best fit for this team and gives them the only chance to win in the short-term. They need to pay him $5 million extra if he gets them into the playoffs.

    He’s not the best – never will be – but he is a solid player who shows maturity.

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