The New York Jets fell to 1-5 on the season following Monday night’s loss on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was pulled halfway through the fourth quarter of the game, with back-up Geno Smith taking over under center for the remainder of the contest. But according to Jets head coach Todd Bowles, Fitzpatrick will be back under center next weekend as the team heads home for a matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
Fitzpatrick finished the game 16-for-31 for 174 yards passing with no touchdowns and an interception. That was Fitzpatrick’s league-leading 11th interception and further widens the gap between his touchdown:interception ratio, which currently sits at 5:11. The interception problem is not new — he also led the league with 23 INT’s thrown in 2011 as the starter for the Buffalo Bills, finishing the year with a 6-10 record. (In relief, Smith went 4-for-6 for 31 yards passing, as well as an interception of his own.)
Just a season ago, Fitzpatrick went 10-6 as the Jets’ starting quarterback and had the team on the doorstep of a postseason berth. But after Monday night’s game, his career record stands at 44-66-1, with last year being his only season of better than .500 football.
By all accounts, Fitzpatrick is off to the worst start of his career. After holding out during the offseason for more money, both sides eventually came to an agreement on a one-year deal for the 33-year-old Harvard graduate, who has both Smith and 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg behind him on the depth chart.