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Todd Bowles: Confidence in Fitzpatrick unchanged

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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.

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21 Responses to “Todd Bowles: Confidence in Fitzpatrick unchanged”
  1. carl lafong says: Oct 2, 2016 4:49 PM

    12 million well spent!

  2. fumblenuts says: Oct 2, 2016 4:49 PM

    “Todd Bowles: Confidence in Fitzpatrick unchanged.”

    Yeah right, and my 80 year old grandma is flying F15 fighter jets…….

  3. kamthechancellor says: Oct 2, 2016 4:49 PM

    Fitz played pretty good until the game was out of reach. Marshall owned Sherman in the first half, then Sherman owned him in the second. Great match-up between two great players.

  4. mjd08501 says: Oct 2, 2016 4:51 PM

    Good thing Fitz and the Jets spent the whole offseason trying to figure out how to win a game against Rex and the Bills. Too bad they forgot that there are 14 other games.

  5. mackcarrington says: Oct 2, 2016 4:53 PM

    When you throw 9 picks in 2 games, there’s a fine line between being confident and delusional.

  6. zenoracledba says: Oct 2, 2016 4:56 PM

    Bowles didn’t lie, he just forgot to mention the Jets never had confidence in Fitz in the first place..

  7. dallasfan76 says: Oct 2, 2016 5:01 PM

    Will he now give some of that money back?

  8. offthelows says: Oct 2, 2016 5:01 PM

    One bounced off a receiver, though Earl Thomas had a would be pick 6 sail through his hands. Down multiple scores, Jets had to force the issue late, raising the pick risk.

  9. connfyoozed says: Oct 2, 2016 5:06 PM

    The Steelers defense has had a lot of problems creating turnovers. Luckily for them, they play against Ryan “Picked Off” Fitzpatrick next week.

  10. blynch67 says: Oct 2, 2016 5:10 PM


  11. stampnhawk says: Oct 2, 2016 5:11 PM

    Marshall kept wanting the ball and Fitzpatrick kept throwing it to him. Sherman may have lost a half step, but he’s still clutch and ends with 2 INTs.

    Marshall and his diva attitude will be happy for his 1st half production and will blame the QB for the INTs almost immediately, when he gave up on both routes.

  12. kamthechancellor says: Oct 2, 2016 5:12 PM

    Having watched the game and rooted against Fitzpatrick, I don’t have an agenda to say anything good about him. Having said that, he was challenging Sherman and putting the ball on the money for three quarters. One int came off of a perfectly thrown pass that bounced off a receivers hands…the other two were at a point in the game when Seattle’s defense knew he had to throw on every play. The real weak link in this game was the Jets pass defense. Wilson was lighting them up like it was practice.

  13. brawnyhombre says: Oct 2, 2016 5:34 PM

    Man, I’m glad all that offseason Jets drama has proven justified. The Jets are absolutely a playoff team with him, so they really should’ve given him what he wanted on day one.

  14. nflgtcfl says: Oct 2, 2016 6:02 PM

    Who else do they have?

  15. dynaco says: Oct 2, 2016 7:17 PM

    From Fitzmagic to Fitztragic.

  16. johndavidbootynflmvp69 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:12 PM

    fitzy aiming for that prestigious 35 interception mark for the year..

    he’s done

  17. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Oct 2, 2016 8:24 PM

    I’m starting to think 7-9 was too optimistic. The Dolphins will still keep them out of the cellar, though.

  18. mysterytonite says: Oct 2, 2016 10:09 PM

    The jets were brilliant in not giving this turd a multi year deal. 1-9 to-int ration the last two weeks? Where the he!! Is Geno at?

  19. sgrvn329 says: Oct 2, 2016 11:45 PM

    Todd still has confidence in Fitzpatrick, confidence that Fitz will continue to throw the ball to the other team. Confidence that Fitz will get Todd fired after year three. That’s why Fitz wanted big money in the first year of his contract. Ten INTs, 55% CMP% and 4 TDs!

  20. nard100 says: Oct 3, 2016 9:05 AM

    Fitz is a gunslinger with a really good receiver to throw to just like Matt Stafford has been up til now. Like Stafford, Fitz is going to get that receiver killed throwing go-get-it junk balls into heavy traffic.

  21. pisano says: Oct 5, 2016 4:37 PM

    When you have Geno Smith as a back up, it’s a no brainer. If they would replace Fitz with Petty, and skip Geno altogether I think there would be less flak. Jet fans don’t like or want Geno Smith on the team, it’s easy to see.

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