Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three more interceptions on Sunday, giving the Jets quarterback nine in his last two games and 10 overall in a season that has started with three losses in the first four weeks.
All three of Fitzpatrick’s picks came in the second half of Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Seahawks and Seattle turned the first two into 10 points before using the third to put the finishing touches on an easy victory. According to coach Todd Bowles, the struggles haven’t affected the team’s view of the quarterback they signed to a one-year, $12 million deal just before training camp.
Bowles said after the game that the team’s confidence level in Fitzpatrick is “no different” than where it was coming off of last year’s successful season. Fitzpatrick said his confidence in himself is also unshaken and there doesn’t seem to be any sentiment in the locker room that it is time to try someone else.
That could change if Fitzpatrick continues to struggle as the Jets are headed to Pittsburgh and Arizona in the next two weeks for games that could leave them 1-5 even if they play better than they have the last two weeks. There are other areas that need to improve for that turnaround to happen, the defensive backfield is particularly troubling, or else the Jets may not have much to lose by seeing what Bryce Petty can do if he’s healthy enough to play.