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Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the New York Jets

Jets to start Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday

Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced on Monday that there would be no change at the quarterback position. As has been the case for the first 10 weeks of the season, journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain atop the depth chart. 

"Not much," Bowles said when asked how much thought went into a change. "We went over the film like we always do and we judge everybody and we rate every player. He came out and he missed some throws, but like everybody else, he did a lot of things and we did a lot of things wrong as a group that we have to correct."

While Fitzpatrick was under center for the Jets when the team began the year 4-1, the quarterback's poor play is one of the reasons New York has dropped four of its last five games.

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Continual missed throws, poor decisions and a sudden surplus of turnovers have marred Fitzpatrick's earlier strong outings. In each of the Jets last two games, Fitzpatrick has thrown game-sealing interceptions. With New York's playoff hopes suddenly slipping away, now would seem as good of a time as any to make a change, but Bowles is sticking with the 11-year veteran. 

"I don’t think a lot of throws are Ryan’s fault," Bowles said. "I think Ryan made some good throws. I thought he made some bad ones as well. But you don’t give up on a quarterback just like that, because overall what he’s done this year, he still proved he can do that going forward."

Fitzpatrick, speaking to the media prior to Bowles, said he hadn't had any conversations with the coach in regards to his status as the team's starter. He added he had watched the film, saw the throws he missed and believed he had to play better. 

But Fitzpatrick was adamant that he was still the right man to quarterback the Jets. 

"I do think I’m the right man for the job," Fitzpatrick said. "I think, unfortunately and fortunately, I’ve had a lot of experience in playing for teams that have been in this situation where we’ve lost a few games and we have to stay the course, we have to right the ship and do all of that stuff.

"I have no problem shouldering any blame that gets thrown my way and all of the blame that I deserve and don’t deserve. I think I’m the right guy to get this thing going back in the right direction."

It appears as if Fitzpatrick will be given the opportunity to right the ship for the remainder of the year.  When asked if Fitzpatrick will have a short leash this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and be yanked if he struggles, Bowles got straight to the point. 

"No," he said. "He's the starting quarterback."


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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