The New York Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick let their free-agent contract saga own the headlines during the summer. Fitzpatrick tried to use the Denver Broncos as leverage and once Denver signed Mark Sanchez, that attempt was killed.
Jets fans badgered the organization to sign Fitzpatrick because he brought them within one game of the playoffs. He signed a one-year, $12 million guaranteed deal with the Jets after months of bickering. Fitzpatrick finished 2015 with his best year as a pro, 3,905 passing yards and 31 passing touchdowns, a Jets franchise record. Brandon Marshall was happy. Eric Decker was happy. And the fans were happy.
Six weeks into the season, the Jets are 1-5 with Fitzpatrick under center. He didn’t even finish Monday night’s 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was replaced in the fourth quarter by Geno Smith.
So this is what the Jets get for giving into their fan base. Calls for sign Fitzpatrick were heeded clearly and now they are a longshot to make the playoffs. New York didn’t listen to the fans when they were called upon to start Tim Tebow a couple years back.
Fitzpatrick is on the hot seat. Another bad game and he’s going to be benched for Smith, Bryce Petty or even Christian Hackenberg. One win can’t cut it in New York, especially after coming so close to making the playoffs.
When did the front office start making decisions based on what the fans want? Never. Ever. The one chance they took, and they’re getting killed on the field week after week. Fitzpatrick needs to play better for the front office’s sake.