Geno Smith will get his first start at quarterback for the Jets since 2014 this weekend when they host the Ravens, but coach Todd Bowles didn’t commit to anything beyond this week when he spoke to the media on Wednesday.
Bowles said that the decision to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick was strictly his call, although he did say after Monday night’s game that Fitzpatrick would start this week. He said he spoke with owner Woody Johnson and others, but that the decision came after watching film of the game and that he would have said the same about any starter immediately after a game.
Bowles also said Smith was the only player considered to start as Bryce Petty just started practicing after a shoulder injury and Christian Hackenberg isn’t ready. He didn’t come close to ruling out the possibility of further changes.
“[Smith is] our starter right now,” Bowles said at his press conference. “We’ll see how things go down the line. Right now we’ll take it week to week.”
Bowles said the call was based on the fact that he feels Fitzpatrick has only played well in one of the team’s six games this season, a Week Two victory over the Bills, and that left him feeling now was the right time to make a change.