Bowles says he’ll wait a week before naming QB

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The Jets don’t have a game this week, so Jets coach Todd Bowles won’t be making a quarterback decision this week.

Bowles told reporters Monday that he won’t be deciding which quarterback he’ll start Nov. 27 until at least next Monday, and he offered no hints as to which way he might be leaning.

Second-year man Bryce Petty made his first career start Sunday against the Rams because Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t fully healthy after suffering a knee injury. Bowles made clear that the decision will come down to Petty or Fitzpatrick and that rookie Christian Hackenberg “is not in the top two” right now.

Both Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, who’s on the team’s injured-reserve list, are free agents after the season. Though it’s easy to assume the Jets will move on from both and therefore need to evaluate Petty and Hackenberg, Bowles said Monday that decision would be taken care of “moving forward.”

The 3-7 Jets are basically playing for next season. The Jets-Patriots game on Nov. 27 was flexed out of the Sunday Night Football spot, the NFL announced Monday, and will be played at 4:25 p.m.

Bowles said Petty was poised, made the right reads in his first start and “for the most part played OK.”

5 responses to “Bowles says he’ll wait a week before naming QB

  1. I can tell you from this Jets fans’ perspective; I was extremely annoyed with Chan Gailey’s play calling in the Rams game. I usually like the job that Gailey does, but not this time. He was way too conservative with his calls. I understand the need to establish the running game and the short passing game in order to slow down the pass rush. But by the time the second half came around, he should have opened up the game a lot more. I know he threw the ball 32 times, but a huge majority of those plays were dumps and screens. By keeping the play calling tight to the chest, he showed no confidence in Petty’s ability to throw and to throw downfield. I hope they take the wraps off him and let him play. Let him sling the ball over all the place. If he fails, he fails, but give him the chance already. It’s the only way you’re going to find out what you’ve got with him for the future.

  2. After signing his QB to a one year 12 million and heading into week 11 and the coach is being asked who is starting QB is…… Kind of sums up the Jets year.

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