Ryan Fitzpatrick embracing chance to make history on Sunday

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Ryan Fitzpatrick was joined in the huddle by players like Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce and sacked by Sean Taylor during his first NFL start.

That’s a long way of saying that Fitzpatrick has been around for a while. He went on to start two more games for the Rams in 2005 and went on to start 123 more games for six other teams before landing with the Dolphins this offseason.

Barring an unforeseen calamity, Fitzpatrick will start against the Ravens this weekend and become the first quarterback to make starts for eight different teams during his career. Fitzpatrick said on Wednesday that he’s relishing his status as the ultimate journeyman and that he thinks that experience makes him the right man to pilot a rebuilding team in Miami.

“You know it is [rewarding],” Fitzpatrick said, via the team’s website. “It’s something that’s never been done before. Just in terms of who I am and the career I’ve had and the different places I’ve been, this means a lot to me. I think being able to do it here with a younger group where it’s going to rely so much on communication and I’ve got to make sure I’m at my best on every single play, whether it’s during the play or before at the line of scrimmage. I’m going to put a lot on myself this week to make sure everything goes smoothly. I think, in terms of me being in this spot and this place right now, I think my career has led me to this and I fit well in the role I’m being asked to play right now.”

It’s been a long and winding road that’s taken Fitzpatrick from St. Louis in 2005 to Miami in 2019 and he’s embracing it even as others are bracing for a rough year for the Dolphins.

53 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick embracing chance to make history on Sunday

  1. I’m sure it would be more rewarding to have started for one team his whole career. That would mean that he was good enough to be kept around, not discarded 7 times.

  2. I really hope this guy goes into sports broadcasting. How interesting would it be to hear the perspective from someone who has lead literally 25% of all teams in the NFL on gameday. Not to mention he has to be pretty intelligent considering he has a harvard degree.

  3. Barring an unforeseen calamity, Fitzgerald will start against the Ravens this weekend and become the first quarterback to make starts for eight different teams during his career. Fitzgerald said on Wednesday that he’s relishing his status as the ultimate journeyman and that he thinks that experience makes him the right man to pilot a rebuilding team in Miami.

    It also happens to me all the time. Confusing fitzgerald and fitzpatrick. They are like two water drop, they are identical

  4. He and Josh McCown have been the definition of maximizing your potential. Guys that should have been complete nothings have played well enough in streaks to guarantee long careers with great compensation.

  5. Give Fitzpatrick a lot of credit for this. He’s made the most of what scouts consider to be limited and marginal talent while being able to say that he’s started for 25% of the teams in the NFL during his career.

    Several decades ago, Don Strock was considered the quintessential backup QB. Fitzpatrick is the closest thing we’ve got to that over the past 15 seasons.

  6. dsigrey says:
    September 5, 2019 at 8:33 am
    I’m sure it would be more rewarding to have started for one team his whole career. That would mean that he was good enough to be kept around, not discarded 7 times.
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    Pretty pessimistic outlook. If he was discarded 7 times then he would have also been desired 8 times. Certain players would have quit after the first rejection. I admire the fight for survival.

  7. Barring an unforeseen calamity, Fitzpatrick will start against the Ravens this weekend and become the first quarterback to make starts for eight different teams during his career.
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    THIS must be why he was named the starter.

  8. Big deal.. Edwin Jackson set a record for playing with like his 14th MLB team. Doesn’t mean you are good. Far from it.

  9. Has a better HOF resume than Joe Namath

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    Ridiculous. You obviously never saw Namath play, are focused too much on stats, and don’t recognize how the game has changed.

  10. chrisg5988 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 8:33 am
    Has a better HOF resume than Joe Namath
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    Namath is in HOF because of one game only – signed – Old Baltimore Colts fan who still can’t believe it happened.

  11. I’d take Fitz in a second. Solid QB always there for ya, if you draft another one along the way he can help develop him. If there is an injury he is always ready to play. Heck ya he can have a roster spot on my imaginary team worth $3.2Billion.

  12. I feel sorry for whoever plays QB in Miami this year. The O-line is a sieve, and the QB will be running for his life on every play. If that team wins more than two games it’ll be a miracle. They’ve blown up the entire roster and are tanking this season so they’ll have the number one pick in next year’s draft. Basically, Miami is doing the same thing Cleveland did: stockpiling draft choices and rebuilding that way. This is gonna be a tough year for the Dolphins and their fans, but hopefully the team will begin to build a strong roster over the next couple of seasons. In the interim, though, it’s gonna suck. I feel bad for Fitz and hope he can stay healthy. No matter who’s back there at QB, it won’t be pretty.

  13. Fitz will retire after this season due to the injuries he’ll receive from this season from the mismanagement of the oline after Flores fired the oline coach.

  14. waldoampere says:
    September 5, 2019 at 10:20 am
    Has a better HOF resume than Joe Namath
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    You cannot compare player stats from different eras. The game has changed so much. Back when Namath played it was good if you completed 50% of your passes and QBs threw bushels of interceptions. But I do agree that Namath is not a HOFer. He is in for one reason only. The win over the Colts. And people that say “Namath forced the merger with that win” are dead wrong. The merger was already agreed upon BEFORE SB III

  15. Says all you need to know about Rosen if he couldn’t beat out a journeyman QB like Fitzpatrick.

  16. Namath’s in the HOF for Three great games…The Heidi Bowl, which changed how football games are broadcast on the west coast time zone, the come from behind win against Oakland in Shea Stadium to win the AFL Championship and Namaths guaranteed win in the Super Bowl, over the NFL Champion Baltimore Colts.

  17. everyone talks about the madden curse but what about the fitz curse? everywhere this guy goes he ends up starting, it’s crazy.

  18. It was the signing of Namath by the AFL Jets that got the merger ball rolling and put the AFL on the map. Namath’s play all year couldn’t be over looked and of course his big game in Miami… nobody saw that coming.

  19. I hope he does well and stops the Dolphins from tanking and preventing Rosen from being evaluated.

    In reality – he’ll give way to Rosen after 4-8 games.

  20. When you’re a 17-1/2 point underdog and you’re going against a team from a superior league that had a 13-1 season record – the Jets were only 11-3 in an “inferior” league – and you have the nerve to guarantee a win and make good on it, perhaps you do belong in the HOF. Namath’s bad knees and frequent injuries robbed him of the greater stats he most surely would have had in his short career.

  21. Yeah, Namaths didn’t do much in SB III…He just called every offensive play, kept the ball away from the Colt offence by keeping the clock moving, avoided turnovers and WON the game…

  22. Namath lost his top receiver to retirement in 71, but still led the NFL in TD passes in 72 and 74…His arm put people in the seats…Let’s hope Fitz can do the same thing this year…

  23. As has happened 7 times before, he will be Fitz Magic for 2-3 weeks and then become Fitz-Tragic.

    Honestly I respect the guy. He has been boarderline starting QB for 14 years coming from Harvard of all places. Hes done a lot to save a lot of teams in bad places.

  24. The comments that Namath’s career was one game are downright dumb. He won the league MVP twice and was first team on the All-Time AFL team which by their final two years was better than the NFL. The Jets, Chiefs, and Raiders were all better than the Colts and Vikings in 68 and 69.

  25. His time in Buffalo was up and down, but there isn’t a person in this world that can say he wasn’t all in. He really tried to make Buffalo his future… but once the contract came things went south for him… literally.

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