Another day, another member of the Jets organization channels Micheal Ray Richardson.
Last week, coach Todd Bowles conveyed the spirit of Richardson’s all-time great sound bite. This week, receiver Brandon Marshall tracked it more literally when asked about quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
“I’m staying in this ship with him,” Marshall told reporters. “Obviously right now, we’re all looking each other in the eyes, holding each other accountable, and pushing each other. At the end of the day I’m going down with the ship with him. I don’t like how any of us are playing. Myself, all of the starters. We need to pick it up and play better.
Asked whether the team should reconsider the quarterback position, Marshall got testy: “I am going down in the boat with Ryan Fitzpatrick. OK? You got it? So can you not ask me anymore questions about that? I am going down in the boat with number 14.”
Unfortunately, no one asked Marshall how long he’s willing to stay in the sinking ship, because that’s when the unintended Micheal Ray Richardson homage could have been completed. After Richardson uttered his infamous “the ship be sinking” line and after he was asked how low it can go, Richardson said, “Sky’s the limit.”