Jets head coach Todd Bowles said that Bryce Petty will start the final four games of the season after another dismal showing for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets’ offense Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
Bowles claimed that the decision to start Petty for the final four games of the season had already been decided prior to Monday night’s outing.
“Well the plan was for us to start him the last four games anyway so we just started a half early,” Bowles said. “We could have won 45-0, he was going to start the last four games.”
If there was any doubt about making a change, Fitzpatrick did little to make a case for himself. Fitzpatrick completed just 5 of 12 passes for 81 yards with an interception as the Colts smacked the Jets 41-10. The Jets have now lost four straight games and were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night.
“We weren’t doing much in the first half so put the kid in and try to get a spark,” Bowles said.
The Jets were already trailing 31-3 before Petty entered the game in the third quarter. He completed 11 of 25 passes for 135 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
“I didn’t get it done,” Fitzpatrick said.