Jets fans got their first extended, regular-season look at Bryce Petty this past weekend in a devastatingly boring 9-6 loss to the Rams. The results were mixed.
Petty certainly did some things well. Despite throwing 32 times, he rarely forced passes, which allowed him to avoid turnovers for the better part of the game, something Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled to do all season. The Baylor product completed 19 of those 32 attempts for 163 yards, one touchdown and an interception. All in all he had a good day. So why did head coach Todd Bowles tell the media he hasn’t decided on his starting QB for week 12 against the Patriots?
Bowles gave Petty the expected mixed review on Monday, praising him for his poise, understanding his reads and throwing some nice deep balls. The coach also pointed out some hurried throws and missed reads, typical of a player making his first start. Apparently he has not given up on the ineffective Fitpatrick. (scratching my head)
Is Bowles kidding!? Will that really matter who starts? It would be a major upset if the Jets beat the Pats. The Jets at 3-7 are going nowhere. The season is basically over. Why not look to the future? Why not admit that the much traveled Fitzpatrick is not the future of Gang Green. What is Jet management thinking? Starting Fitzpatrick can & should be a fireable offense. Give Petty a two-month audition to properly evaluate him before determining the best course of action in the offseason. This Jet team is NOT making the playoffs so let's see what they have in him.
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