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Report: Jets to name Geno Smith starter today

FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 file photo shows New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) watching his teammates play during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzpatrick missed the offseason in a contract dispute but has been around long enough that it shouldn’t matter much. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File) AP

This may not be why the Jets were hesitant to pay Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, but it makes it convenient that they didn’t invest.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets have decided to change starting quarterbacks, benching Fitzpatrick in favor of deposed starter Geno Smith.

Fitzpatrick has struggled, but Jets coach Todd Bowles initially said he was sticking with him after Monday’s loss to the Cardinals. He walked back a bit of that support yesterday, opening the door to give Smith a second chance to be the starter.

The numbers alone justify the move, as Fitzpatrick has five touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the 1-5 Jets.

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  1. sportmigos says: Oct 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    yeah but where did fitzpatrick go to school.

  2. iamkillerfin says: Oct 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    Idiots!!! Why don’t you see what you got in the other 2 rookies??? What do I care GO FINS!!!

  3. mortyglickstein says: Oct 19, 2016 11:05 AM

    Can’t be any worse!

  4. hamlet423 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:07 AM

    It is painful but it is the right move.

    The Jets are 1-5. They are old at OL, secondary and linebacker. RB is also not great–but they picked up some free agents that probably need to play next.

    They are not going to the playoffs. I hope they don’t–they get a 1st rd loss and a mid-range draft pick that won’t help them.

    They have 2 other QBs on the roster. Smith is a free agent at the end of the year. Fitzpatrick is an 11 year vet that won’t be back in 2017.

    Fitzpatrick is not playing as well in 2016–his limitations–lack of arm strength on downfield throws–has caught up with him. And if you look at his career stats, he has often struggled with turnovers–if he plays enough.

    The Jets need to evaluate what they have on the roster, especially QBs Smith, Petty and Hackenberg. That is more important for the rest of the season than letting the noodle armed gunslinger play a few more games.

    It would also be nice to switch back to a 4-3 so Sheldon Richardson is not playing linebacker…but thats another issue.

  5. jjackwagon says: Oct 19, 2016 11:07 AM

    I would say its time. By now Geno is the answer or he is not, either way its time to find out so they can plan for drafting a QB next year.

  6. dkeucd says: Oct 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    Jets can’t find a QB. Ben Rapelisberger out 6 weeks. Kapknelldick can’t play. Wentz gets exposed. Rodgers is retired even though he hasn’t announced it yet. Dallas doesn’t have a controversy. They have an early Christmas miracle.

  7. billswillnevermove says: Oct 19, 2016 11:08 AM

    Great guy, great teammate, great person………but a Pick Machine. He is a backup only, always will be.

  8. nycdf says: Oct 19, 2016 11:10 AM

    Does someone smell dumpster fire smell?

  9. jackedupboonie says: Oct 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    Room to the Jets, 2017

  10. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 19, 2016 11:13 AM

    Remember when everyone was outraged that the Jets wouldn’t give Fitzpatrick a long-term huge money contract over the offseason?

  11. pedmeg says: Oct 19, 2016 11:16 AM

    What about the stones on Fitzmagic – holds out for more dough over the summer and then goes and throws 5 TDs and 11 (!!) picks through 6 games.

    J-E-T-S J-E-T-S J-E-T-S

    lol

  12. connfyoozed says: Oct 19, 2016 11:17 AM

    This won’t fix anything, but it’s still the right move. Fitzpatrick isn’t the future. Smith probably isn’t, but the Jets might as well make sure. However, neither Fitzpatrick nor Smith has been responsible for the dwindling running game, absence of a pass rush, and poor pass coverage, among other issues.

  13. Flash1287 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:18 AM

    Remember all that money they paid to get Revis back?

    The biggest problem with the Jets and Dolphins is bad contracts (Suh, Revis)and poor ownership

  14. magnumpimustache says: Oct 19, 2016 11:19 AM

    J – E – T – S

    just enough to lose

    God bless jets fans everywhere.

    Sincerely

    – Pats Fans

  15. laces out says: Oct 19, 2016 11:19 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:13 AM

    Remember when everyone was outraged that the Jets wouldn’t give Fitzpatrick a long-term huge money contract over the offseason?

    —————————————-

    Just like when they said Reese should have been fired for drafting OBJ when he sat his 1st month or the Browns were stupid for trading Trent Richardson to the Colts. There’s a reason fans aren’t GMs

  16. ryder09 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:20 AM

    Jets seriously dodged a bullet by not giving Fitzpatrick 18 mil a year.

  17. youbettercallsaul says: Oct 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    The Browns are laughing at the Jets.

    J-E-T-S J-E-T-S J-E-T-S

    S-U-C-K S-U-C-K S-U-C-K!!!

  18. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    Ryan Fitzpatrick CAREER Statistics:

    159 td – 127 int – 64 fumbles – 214 sacks

    79 QB rating – 59% completions

    206 yards per game

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Geno Smith CAREER Statistics:

    27 td – 36 int – 17 fumbles – 75 sacks

    71 QB rating – 57% completions

    183 yards per game

  19. greenlargo says: Oct 19, 2016 11:22 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:07 AM
    I would say its time. By now Geno is the answer or he is not, either way its time to find out so they can plan for drafting a QB next year.

    ————————

    By that logic I’m not sure why they aren’t using this time to look at the rookies. Still trying to make a veteran work sounds like they are still trying to pull out the season. Maybe another loss or two and they shift those gears.

  20. troylok says: Oct 19, 2016 11:26 AM

    That could work if they moved to a read option offense, with the only option being “run the ball”.

  21. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Oct 19, 2016 11:26 AM

    Well it certainly didn’t help not having any training camp or any preseason action. The Jets helped create their own situation. Not saying he deserved Andrew Luck money, but a reasonable 2 year contract would have got him signed and into camp.

  22. dspyank2k11 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:27 AM

    Note to J-E-T-S fans… Geno is actually worse.

    Try one of the other 18 QBs that you have stashed on your roster

  23. bonitalocal says: Oct 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    Wait….Bowles was calling Smith “A backup for a reason” yesterday, and then names him the starter today?

    Bless the Jets, Colts and Dolphins! It sure is fun watching their off-season, smack-talking fans look foolish. Year after year after year.

  24. greenlargo says: Oct 19, 2016 11:30 AM

    ryder09 says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:20 AM
    Jets seriously dodged a bullet by not giving Fitzpatrick 18 mil a year.

    ————————

    Can’t blame Fitz for pressing though. He knew this was going to be it for him so he was grabbing as much money as he could to take into the sunset with him. He had his eye on the business. He’s as smart as some of those Harvard guys.

  25. jjackwagon says: Oct 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    greenlargo says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:22 AM
    jjackwagon says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:07 AM
    I would say its time. By now Geno is the answer or he is not, either way its time to find out so they can plan for drafting a QB next year.

    ————————

    By that logic I’m not sure why they aren’t using this time to look at the rookies. Still trying to make a veteran work sounds like they are still trying to pull out the season. Maybe another loss or two and they shift those gears.

    ————————————
    and they should do that as well, if Geno goes out a lays a couple of eggs over they next two weeks.

  26. mongo3401 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:33 AM

    I can see the NY Post Headline if the Jets lose the his week
    ” GEE-NO “. Tough press in NYC.

  27. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 19, 2016 11:36 AM

    magnumpimustache says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:19 AM

    J – E – T – S

    just enough to lose
    _____

    That would be J – E – T – L.

  28. joetoronto says: Oct 19, 2016 11:38 AM

    Playing Geno Smith makes no sense, they’re much better off seeing what the rookies can do.

    Geno is even worse than Thyroid Taylor. Neither can pass the ball but Thyroid is a better runner, until he gets injured.

  29. onebuffalove716 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    Well thankfully all the problems went away when Rex left. Or are you still blaming him for this?

  30. cobrala2 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    I would’ve paid FitzPatrick this off-season. Another reason why I am no general manager of no professional team.

  31. todd6162 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    This is what you get with fitz,Bills fan

  32. ryann252013 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    Why do people trash Jets fans? the ones in NYC are a joke I get that, but I’ve met some Jets fans outside of the metro area at a few games and they are great people and those are the ones that actually know about their team.

  33. nhpats says: Oct 19, 2016 11:43 AM

    Why won’t they give Petty a shot? What do they have to lose at this point?

  34. mmack66 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:44 AM

    Remember when Fitzpatrick was the best quarterback, statistically, that the Jets have ever had?

  35. darkbaconlips says: Oct 19, 2016 11:45 AM

    Game changer!

  36. sfsugator says: Oct 19, 2016 11:45 AM

    This is comical, but Fitz went to Harvard so he has to be a great QB. hahahahahah. stupid jets. Oh I know start Geno’s pizza aka I owe you money but im not gonna give it to you so im going to get knocked out. lol.

  37. fman39 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:46 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:13 AM

    Remember when everyone was outraged that the Jets wouldn’t give Fitzpatrick a long-term huge money contract over the offseason?

    —————————————————————-

    The probably don’t remember that because it never happened, no one was outraged that they didn’t give him a huge contract.

  38. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    Geno again? Wow. How bad are Petty and Hackenburg?

  39. htowntexan says: Oct 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    If the Jets had given Fitz the contract and had him in the building and OTAs, I wonder how things would have turned out.

  40. kev86 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:59 AM

    same old jets

  41. fordbw says: Oct 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    It doesn’t matter. Both of those QB’s stink.

  42. bondlake says: Oct 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    I posted in this forum this past summer that the Jets should have cut Fitzpatrick loose.

    Everyone laughed.

    Now ai hope you can see how worthless he is.

  43. dohczeppelin says: Oct 19, 2016 12:03 PM

    Not sure why the Jets front office doesn’t read the comments on PFT articles…. *sarcasm*

    If they had they would have seen me explaining that while Fitz is by all accounts a great guy, he is not a great QB and things would go poorly for them if they expected another performance like last year. He had an entire career of mediocrity at QB to prove it. I’m glad he had a baller season last year but everyone knew it wouldn’t last…

    Thank you Fitz for screwing my Bills one last time though by shredding us in your one good game this season…

  44. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Oct 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    The Browns may be winless but at least their QB isnt Geno Smith

  45. bigblue431 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:10 PM

    Not a Jets fan but noticed a number of “can’t be worse” comments.

    If you’ve seen Geno play, yes, it can be MUCH MUCH worse. Geno is a terrible QB; Fitz has had success in the league and had a pretty decent year last year.

    The O-line stinks and he’s in a funk, but boy this is a big downgrade for the Jets.

  46. jeffreyshulenburg says: Oct 19, 2016 12:15 PM

    Just as it happened in Buffalo, it has happened in New Jersey. When you pay Fitzpatrick for his Fitzmagic it suddenly turns Fitztragic

  47. mmack66 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:16 PM

    htowntexan says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    If the Jets had given Fitz the contract and had him in the building and OTAs, I wonder how things would have turned out.
    ————————

    Likely the same. Fitzpatrick just isn’t very good over the long term.

    There’s a reason he has jerseys from half a dozen+ teams hanging in his closet.

  48. bigugly2005 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:16 PM

    Mr. Irrelevant gets replaced by Mrs Irrelevant…who cares, its the JETS!

  49. corkspop says: Oct 19, 2016 12:17 PM

    Problems across the board, four QB’s on the roster, and this is what you do? The seat under Bowles should be getting pretty warm ……..

  50. jetfanfolife says: Oct 19, 2016 12:17 PM

    FYI the rookies will get killed out there. They need to build a team around them. To start them would be suicide

    Is Geno the answer to the Jet’s winning, doubt it. Why? Because it’s the entire team that sucks, not just the QBs

    I just hope Geno can make it an interesting game.

  51. drunkraider says: Oct 19, 2016 12:22 PM

    I laughed when this clown was holding out for more money, I laughed when people thought he was worth it, Denver fans wanted him, Jets fans wanted him back.

    and everybody thumbed down me for telling you the truth, This guy is a scrub, allways has been, allways will be. He will look like a hall of famer one game and then right back to his same old self for the rest, and he will allways throw that pick when the game is on the line or really matters.

    for somebody who is ” so smart ” he makes some of the dumbest decisions i have ever seen out of a QB.

  52. unclebluck says: Oct 19, 2016 12:25 PM

    As a Bills fan I can say Fitz had his moments in the NFL. Not the best QB but certainly better than Geno. Getting Fitz signed before OTA’s and pre season might have helped. Why are the Jets wasting time on Geno? Try one of the other guys…..

  53. thetooloftools says: Oct 19, 2016 12:28 PM

    Two words for the rest of the Jets season.
    Check please.

  54. mongo3401 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:29 PM

    The Jets are the Jets. Does not matter who the coach is or who owns the team. It was no different when the Hess family owned it. It’s a clown show, always has been a clown show and always will be a clown show. It’s unreal how year after year, decade after decade, bring their fans to the top floor of the building where the sky is the limit the. Blow the building up

    No other way to explain it. This guy Bowles needs to have his pulse checked to to make sure he is breathing.

  55. genoinabottlenyj says: Oct 19, 2016 12:30 PM

    hey my handle is relevant again but my team isnt… oh well
    petty should be starting and trade fitz to pitt for a 5th or 6th rounder

  56. bigblue431 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:30 PM

    So much for Brandon Marshall’s fantasy value.

  57. rob471773 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:35 PM

    Jets fans…my condolences on yet another embarassing failed season.

    How long until Brandon Marshall implodes? he’s due for another melt down.

  58. stinkymcmulligan says: Oct 19, 2016 12:40 PM

    The Jets QB’s are an unmitigated disgrace to the position

  59. silverandblack052099 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:40 PM

    Geno Smith will start out playing well, but after just a taste of success his ego will inflate to the size of Metlife Stadium again and his downfall will come shortly after.

  60. RL says: Oct 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    ha, ha, ha……..ha

  61. billsfn15 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:56 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:38 AM
    Playing Geno Smith makes no sense, they’re much better off seeing what the rookies can do.

    Geno is even worse than Thyroid Taylor. Neither can pass the ball but Thyroid is a better runner, until he gets injured.

    Hey Joe, stick with the Argos. They’re more your speed.

  62. abninf says: Oct 19, 2016 1:01 PM

    nhpats says:

    Why won’t they give Petty a shot?
    ================================

    Bowles wants the black quarterback.

  63. eagleswin says: Oct 19, 2016 1:10 PM

    At least, as the first poster mentioned, we will stop hearing about where Fitzpatrick went to school.

    It was mentioned all offseason that giving in to Fitzpatrick was foolish but the Jets were determined to be the smartest people in the room with predictable results.

    Auditions for 2017 have officially begun, that includes the coach and GM.

  64. rowech44 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:11 PM

    As the banner plane flies over Jets practice – Look up Chea… err Basement Dwellers!!!

  65. leatherface2012 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:13 PM

    “the new York jets select with the first pick of the 2017 draft…….what does it matter”

  66. geeee7 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:16 PM

    Seems like Bowels is going to the unemployment line, someone in the Jets hierarchy neutered him with this qb decisions. Funny how Bowels came out immediately afterwards about hos Fitz is the guy he is starting, next day well we have to evaluate it, next day we’re going with Geno. No stability and the Jets have shown once again they are a lousy franchise

  67. chippys lost binky says: Oct 19, 2016 1:17 PM

    bonitalocal says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:28 AM
    Wait….Bowles was calling Smith “A backup for a reason” yesterday, and then names him the starter today?
    +++++++++++++

    Pats fan here but I wouldn’t start shoveling in the dirt yet. Whether Smith gets named the starter or not that was a smart statement by Bowles. Smith was talking and Bowles put him in his place. Things are bad enough there, the last thing Bowles needs is the inmates thinking they can start running the asylum when the season is salvageable. It’s not all that surprising the Jets took a step back this season when you consider last year’s schedule vs this year. So far this season their opposition has a .645 winning % and they are looking at 4 very winnable games. If Geno goes in thinking he’s all that then gets those wins there’ll be no living with his inflated 50 cent head.

  68. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 19, 2016 1:38 PM

    Everyone speculating whether being in camp and at OTAs would have helped Fitz be better prepared — could they have worked out an injury guarantee that allowed him to participate without risking disaster, while they worked out the contract details?

  69. scmems07 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:56 PM

    You know it’s time to call it a career when you’ve been benched for Geno Smith.

  70. billswillnevermove says: Oct 19, 2016 1:56 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 19, 2016 11:38 AM

    Playing Geno Smith makes no sense, they’re much better off seeing what the rookies can do.

    Geno is even worse than Thyroid Taylor. Neither can pass the ball but Thyroid is a better runner, until he gets injured.
    __________________________________
    So Taylor can’t throw the ball? He only throws one of the best deep balls in the game. You are about as smart as a box of hammers, and actually, that would be an insult to the box of hammers.

  71. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 19, 2016 2:09 PM

    Hey, at least no jaws were broken this time, so there’s that

  72. truevision21 says: Oct 19, 2016 2:19 PM

    Gotta play Geno. Hopefully he plays well enough to earn the spot full time, or garner interest from other teams so you guys can get some return on the investment.

  73. donbat67 says: Oct 19, 2016 2:37 PM

    So Rexy wasn’t the problem ????

  74. irishmanknowsall says: Oct 19, 2016 3:12 PM

    Won’t make a difference who the QB is. Team needs football players. Ryan ain’t havin’ the best year, admittedly, but who is he throwing to, and how well is he protected, and how strong is the counter-balancing running game? Very little of this mess is on Fitz.

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