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Todd Bowles on QB change: I felt it was the right time

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets prepares to snap the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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31 Responses to “Todd Bowles on QB change: I felt it was the right time”
  1. sportmigos says: Oct 19, 2016 4:31 PM

    where the F did geno smith even go to school

  2. jjackwagon says: Oct 19, 2016 4:34 PM

    He’s the coach, if he feels its time, its time.
    Now the rest of us felt like it was time about 3 games ago but we aren’t the coach.

  3. gloryfromheaven46 says: Oct 19, 2016 4:38 PM

    Anyone who throws 0 TDs and 6 INTs should be benched for the rest of the year…

  4. scrappler says: Oct 19, 2016 4:38 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    Oct 19, 2016 4:34 PM

    He’s the coach, if he feels its time, its time.
    Now the rest of us felt like it was time about 3 games ago but we aren’t the coach.

    =======

    you hit the nail right on the head. todd’s problem is that he lets his gut tell him when the right time to change a QB is — he “feels” his way.

    chip kelly let’s SCIENCE tell him when to change the QB!

  5. ampats says: Oct 19, 2016 4:42 PM

    With the 2016 season over for the Jets just one more season until the Jets Nation can celebrate their Super Bowl Golden Anniversary !

  6. omegalh says: Oct 19, 2016 4:45 PM

    I can’t wait until its the right time for Bryce Petty.

  7. billsthicknthin says: Oct 19, 2016 4:51 PM

    Starting the tank early. As bad as Fitz has been, anyone who thinks Geno is an improvement over Fitz doesn’t know anything about football…

  8. mrclaytonbigsby says: Oct 19, 2016 4:54 PM

    Aye Geno, you got my money?

  9. nycdf says: Oct 19, 2016 4:55 PM

    The right time?! Why did you run from the dumpster fire?!? Cause I felt it was the right time.

  10. getitrightflorio says: Oct 19, 2016 4:57 PM

    12 million dollars is the reason it took so long

  11. eddiea25 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:04 PM

    Make the money and run Fitzy.

  12. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 19, 2016 5:06 PM

    If Gino stinks it up then the Jets have a real decision to make this off season. Do they select a QB with their high 1st round pick and hope they don’t pick a bust or do they look to trade for a Teddy Bridgewater or Jimmy Garoppolo or even a Tony Romo? That decision would be based on a win now or build for the future mentality.

    I’m not trolling. Remember, Gino was projected to be a 1st rounder and the Jets felt they got a steal taking him with the 7th pick of the second round. I remember Gino promptly fired his manager because he did not go in the first round.

  13. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 19, 2016 5:08 PM

    Geno, not Gino. Sorry, kid.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:11 PM

    “Make the money and run Fitzy.”

    Can’t blame him. He’s set for life from this one contract much less what he’s earned in the past.

  15. justsayin70 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:14 PM

    Too smart, too late.

  16. psubeerman21 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:14 PM

    This isn’t going well. I don’t think much of him, but just start Hackenberg or Petty. Start the rebuilding process. Your defense stinks, your offense ain’t much better, and maybe you should just look to the future. Everyone knows Geno isn’t the answer, so just stop it and rebuild.

  17. mackcarrington says: Oct 19, 2016 5:23 PM

    sportmigos says:
    Oct 19, 2016 4:31 PM
    where the F did geno smith even go to school
    ————-
    You know, if you click on Smith’s name in the story, it will give you information on him. I’m trying to refrain from calling you dumb or stupid.

  18. massappeal12345 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:30 PM

    Geno had a fumble and an interception in half of a quarter, against a prevent defense.

    Roger, it looks like you have to do more to help out your Jets.

  19. gohometrolls says: Oct 19, 2016 5:37 PM

    Anybody who didn’t see this coming after the buffalo game last year when he choked doesnt know football or this guys history as a QB I said it before training camp it’s a mistake to being this guy back for more than 5million,let’s see what Geno can do under an offense he’s familiar with and if he can’t get it done let the kids get a shot this seasons a bust already.

  20. corkspop says: Oct 19, 2016 5:51 PM

    About one year from now, Bryce Petty is going to be on another roster pushing some starter for a job. The Jets will draft another QB and still have a mess.

  21. binarymath says: Oct 19, 2016 6:29 PM

    While we’re waiting for Bryce Petty (and “waiting is the hardest part”), let’s listen to what Tom Petty has to say about the Jets, Fitz, and Geno:

    After Geno being sacked, “you took my breath away” “you wreck me” and “don’t do me like that”

    The Fitz contract “too much ain’t enough” and “the end of the line”

    On the Bowles decision to stay so long with Fitz “all the wrong reasons” and “you don’t know how it feels”

    On the 2016 Jets season “breakdown” “free falling” and “yer so bad”

    And that was my Petty attempt at humor for the day…

  22. markwri says: Oct 19, 2016 6:52 PM

    If you think the Pats would trade with the Jets, (any trade) you have not been paying attention.

  23. chippys lost binky says: Oct 19, 2016 6:57 PM

    ampats says:
    Oct 19, 2016 4:42 PM
    With the 2016 season over for the Jets just one more season until the Jets Nation can celebrate their Super Bowl Golden Anniversary !
    +++++++++++++

    I am a Pats fan as well and I think their season is far from over. They’ve had a brutal schedule out of the gate and have 4 very winnable games coming up. The Jets may be nowhere near as good as they looked last year against a soft schedule but they are also not as bad as they’ve looked so far this year against a brutal one. Keeping Geno’s 50 cent head in check if they real off 4 in a row may be a real test for Bowles though. In all honesty they would be better off finishing with a high draft pick and getting the QB they desperately lack under an affordable deal, finishing anywhere from 6-10 to 9-7 isn’t going to help the future, look at the ‘phins.

  24. nyneal says: Oct 19, 2016 7:07 PM

    The New Jersey Jests are the Cleveland Browns East. They are a joke franchise run by a joke owner.
    If they had any brains, they’d get rid of Fitzpatrick and Smith and let one of their kids play QB to find out if he’s any good. They already know Fitzpatrick shot his load last year and he’ll never come close to a season like that again. And they know the human heavy bag (Geno Smith) stinks, too.
    The Jests just don’t get it. They need to find a quality head coach and then get the owner out of Dodge so the new coach can build the team from the ground up.
    But they won’t do that, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them make another stupid move — like trading the ranch for Tony Romo, for instance.

  25. truecowboyfan says: Oct 19, 2016 7:07 PM

    Well, Fitz would have never been the starter if Geno never got his jaw broken last season. Let’s see what’s happens…

  26. nhpats says: Oct 19, 2016 7:16 PM

    Make a change back to the previous guy who stunk? If I were a Jets fan I would want them to give Petty a valid chance. Nothing more to lose at this point….time to see if the kid is any good.

  27. immafubared says: Oct 19, 2016 7:38 PM

    Moi, only watched pieces of the game the other night and geno, not a fan one way or the other, could not do worse.
    Fitz looked like an average high school qb on a team that mostly runs. I was horrid

  28. intrafinesse says: Oct 19, 2016 8:30 PM

    The Jets need to face reality, they have an old team with just a few good young players, mostly DLinemen.
    Just tank and draft a real QB instead of year after year going with scrubs.
    Otherwise they will perpetually be some where around 6-10.

  29. weepingjebus says: Oct 19, 2016 8:33 PM

    Good thing we spent all that time on Fitzwatch this summer.

  30. eagleswin says: Oct 19, 2016 8:41 PM

    nhpats says:
    Oct 19, 2016 7:16 PM
    Make a change back to the previous guy who stunk? If I were a Jets fan I would want them to give Petty a valid chance. Nothing more to lose at this point….time to see if the kid is any good.

    ———————————-

    Geno may fail but let’s remember that the last time he started was under Rex Ryan. Other than Decker and Chris Ivory their offense was garbage. Rex’s approach to offense was a necessary evil.

    It improved with the addition of Marshall last year and a new offensive coordinator and Geno hasn’t had a chance to play in an NFL offense. With Decker gone for the year and Matt Forte wearing down already the offense is in a death spiral that none of the QBs on this roster can save.

  31. friscokid49 says: Oct 19, 2016 8:58 PM

    Remember when people were defending Fitz for holding out for a multi year contract for top tier QB money?

    That was funny.

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