Bowles says Fitzpatrick could keep Jets’ starting QB job

The Jets will turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback after Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw in a locker-room fight, and it’s possible they’ll keep Fitzpatrick under center even after Smith heals.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said today that if Fitzpatrick plays well while Smith is out, Fitzpatrick could remain the starter.

“I’m confident in Ryan,” Bowles said. “Ryan’s had a good camp. Geno was having a good camp, too, so it’s hard to replace a guy when both guys are doing well. But Ryan’s been a pro, he’s been here before, he has a lot of games under his belt, he knows the system, he knows how to throw the ball, he understands the game.”

Bowles indicated that linebacker IK Enemkpali, who was cut for punching Smith in the locker room, wasn’t the only one who did something wrong. Bowles hinted that Smith could have de-escalated the situation.

“It takes two to tango. One to throw a punch, but two to tango,” Bowles said.

As a result of that “tango,” Enemkpali is no longer a Jet, and Smith may no longer be the Jets’ starting quarterback.

47 responses to “Bowles says Fitzpatrick could keep Jets’ starting QB job

  1. Latest rumor is Geno owed IK some money ($1,000??) and wouldn’t pay him. Don’t know why he owed him money (some kind of bet?)

    Two to tango.

    Stupidity at its finest.

  2. Tango? But I thought it was a sucker punch, not a fight? They dont say that when kids play the knockout game.

  3. Fitzy’s great until crunch time and then he goes all Matt Cassel and loses the game for you.

  4. Jets’ greatest asset is Darrelle Revis — you may recall Rex Ryan’s first 2 years with Gang Green. As long as Fitzpatrick can keep the INTs low, and not turn over the ball, the Jets will have a fighting chance. Would love to see Michael Vick come in, but management will likely prefer someone like Rex Grossman (former Super Bowl veteran QB with Chicago/Lovie Smith) who will not actively compete to be No.1.

  5. patriotsadw says:
    Aug 11, 2015 4:45 PM
    Word is Geno threw the first punch but was just a few yards short. 😑

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    HAHA. you win.

  6. Bryce Petty will be the starting QB sooner or later. He just might prove to be the top QB from this year’s draft. Looking back on history, the best QB from a given draft class, wasn’t always the one that everybody talked about. I don’t remember a lot of talk about Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Russell Wilson, etc., etc., etc. I’m not saying Petty is going to be a HOFer. I’m just saying that a lot of the guys we think are going to be great QBs, don’t always pan out. And a lot of the guys that we don’t think are going to be great QBs, end up being great QBs. One thing we do know is that all the geniuses that talk on TV and the radio, aren’t really geniuses at all when it comes to evaluating QBs.

  7. I would suggest all you Jets Fans chip in and pay off Geno’s debt. This typical Circus Act may actually be the best thing that ever happened to the Jets. Fitz is obviously not the answer, but he could help this team win at least 7 games or more. With Geno they were good for 5, maybe.

  8. “Bowles says Fitzpatrick could keep Jets’ starting QB job”

    In other news reports have surfaced the NYJ have reached out to Rex Grossman further increasing the chances Fitzpatrick will have little competition.

  9. I just saw the Godfather movies. This kinda makes me think of them. The “unfortunate incident” that somehow makes everything better. Ah, the Jets, you have to love them. So glad I’m a Giants fan.

  10. It would absolutely be the right decision for Bowles and the Jets to make Fitzpatrick the starter. Although Enemkpali’s actions were incredibly foolish and may have possibly cost him any NFL opportunities he may have had, Geno is no saint either.

    Any reasonable NFL fan knows that Geno has given the Jets little reason to trust him on the field. Now, between the middle finger incident last season and this, Smith has also cemented himself as an individual who cannot be trusted to conduct himself professionally off of the field.

    You do not reward immaturity and a lack of professionalism by allowing Geno to keep his job, especially when you consider he plays the most important position on the field. It would be a slap in the face to the other players on that roster who bust their behinds and conduct themselves in a respectable manner and is a very easy way to lose a team.

    Todd Bowles deserves a ton of praise for handling this trying situation in a swift, direct, and businesslike manner. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it is crystal clear that Bowles and Maccagnan still need to weed some of the bad apples out of the Jets locker room, but Bowles’ response to this fiasco definitely reflects well upon the Jets HC. Give him time and he can make this team a winner.

  11. Yep. Management isn’t happy with Mr Smith. It sounds like a morale issue. Who would want to rally behind a guy that breaks his word whatever that was? And if it involved a drug debt, geno better be happy El Chapo didn’t come a calling. He’s 1 scary bandito.

  12. babygaga19 says:
    Aug 11, 2015 5:35 PM
    Who has the worst QBs? Jets or Bills?
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    That was a far more difficult question until todays events. Of course I see that Matt Flynn’s available. That would even things up again. Mutual pergatory. Hey Miami will trade a third string QB for a guard… uh, never mind, nobody in the AFC East has any either.

  13. mi310gion says:
    Aug 11, 2015 5:34 PM
    It would absolutely be the right decision for Bowles and the Jets to make Fitzpatrick the starter. Although Enemkpali’s actions were incredibly foolish and may have possibly cost him any NFL opportunities he may have had, Geno is no saint either.

    Any reasonable NFL fan knows that Geno has given the Jets little reason to trust him on the field. Now, between the middle finger incident last season and this, Smith has also cemented himself as an individual who cannot be trusted to conduct himself professionally off of the field.

    You do not reward immaturity and a lack of professionalism by allowing Geno to keep his job, especially when you consider he plays the most important position on the field. It would be a slap in the face to the other players on that roster who bust their behinds and conduct themselves in a respectable manner and is a very easy way to lose a team.

    Todd Bowles deserves a ton of praise for handling this trying situation in a swift, direct, and businesslike manner. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it is crystal clear that Bowles and Maccagnan still need to weed some of the bad apples out of the Jets locker room, but Bowles’ response to this fiasco definitely reflects well upon the Jets HC. Give him time and he can make this team a winner.
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    Very good analysis. I don’t know a thing about Bowles but everything he’s said and done in light of this incident reflects good leadership and a darn good HC. Not a jets fan btw.

  14. Fitz did very well with Gailey running the show in Buffalo. Gailey was not HC material but his offense was clicking while the D suffered. Geno will not get his job back unless Fitz gets injured.

  15. Jets nation should be breathing a collective sigh of relief. He aint no Andrew Luck, but I would take the Fitzy/Gailey situation over Geno all day every day. He keeps the job. It isn’t always going to be pretty, but Fitz is the best option on that roster.

  16. “If Fitzpatrick keeps the starting job for the entire season, he owes Enemkpali a steak dinner at the very least.”

    Um, no. It’s now been established, in a harsh way, that no one should put themselves in a position to owe Enemkpali anything. The Beard would be wise to retire immediately.

  17. JETS are better off with Fitzpatrick. For the team, it is a blessing in disguise as now they don’t have to bench Smith. For Smith, he probably just gave up his career for $600…from a multi-millionaire.

  18. Actually in a strange way I believe this will work out in Geno’s best interest. Fitz will start the first 4 games or so and continue his mediocre at very best level of performance. That aughta quiet down all of the Anti-Geno Jets fans and give Geno some decent support upon his return, Remember Jets fans, the Grass is Always Greener……..

    -A Giants Fan

  19. VenerableAxiom says:
    Aug 11, 2015 6:51 PM

    That was a far more difficult question until todays events. Of course I see that Matt Flynn’s available. That would even things up again. Mutual pergatory. Hey Miami will trade a third string QB for a guard… uh, never mind, nobody in the AFC East has any either.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The Jets might do well to sign Flynn and out him on the depth chart right above Bryce Petty. Apparently that’s the formula for ensuring your rookie QB is a success.

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