The 2016 New York Jets are going nowhere. At 3-7, the postseason is out of reach.
With the season lost, what better thing to do than to turn back to the quarterback who has no future with the franchise and has arguably been the league’s worst quarterback this season?
That’s exactly what Todd Bowles has decided to do in starting Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Patriots next Sunday. Bowles’ reasoning was Fitzpatrick gives the Jets the best chance to win, which may be true, but winning should be the last thing Bowles should be worried about.
This season has been lost, and based on his putrid performance in 2016, it’s highly unlikely Fitzpatrick will be back with the Jets in 2017, so going back to him seems like a complete and utter waste of time. All winning does at this stage is give the Jets worse draft position. There’s no other benefit. None.
Winning at the end of the 2013 season when the season was lost dropped the Jets out of contention for Odell Beckham Jr., so the team settled for Calvin Pryor. How exactly has that worked out?
The Jets should have stuck with Bryce Petty to see what they have in the 2015 fourth-round pick out of Baylor. While Petty didn’t take the league by storm by any stretch of the imagination against the Rams, it makes a whole lot more sense to continue evaluating what else is on the roster at quarterback. This isn’t rocket science.
And if Bowles didn’t feel like going with Petty, then he could just as easily have chosen second-round pick Christian Hackenberg to start. Bowles likely doesn’t feel comfortable starting Hackenberg because he feels he’s not ready, but at least you can justify giving Hackenberg a chance at this stage. There is no justification for starting Fitzpatrick.
If the Jets win with Fitzpatrick, it’s fools good. There’s a reason Fitzpatrick has never played in a postseason game in his career. If the Jets win with Petty or Hackenberg, then at least there’s some hope that can be built for 2017.
But with Bowles’ decision to start Fitzpatrick, the Jets are once again on a bridge to nowhere.