Although, let’s be honest, I think most Jets fans have loftier expectations than just surpassing last year’s dismal win total.
After watching Gang Green over the first three games of the year, it pretty much affirms my thoughts going into the season: a team that will feature much more discipline under first-year head coach Todd Bowles, an outstanding defense, better playmakers on offense, but still with one glaring issue.
To paraphrase the Clinton campaign of 1992, “It’s the quarterback stupid!”
Ryan Fitzpatrick has done an adequate job over the first three games of the year. He’s smart enough to realize he has one of the best wide receivers in football in Brandon Marshall wearing a green uniform. He’s thrown to him a great deal.
I don’t think Fitzpatrick needed his Harvard degree to figure that one out!
The first two games of the season featured what I would call “Good Ryan Fitzpatrick.”
He showed you what he can be at his best. A professional NFL quarterback, who on good days can be an adequate NFL starter at the position.
Last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jets fans were treated to the “Bad Ryan Fitzpatrick.”
A weak-armed, turnover-prone quarterback who threw three interceptions in a 24-17 loss to the Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
The Jets cannot expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to be Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. He is what he is: a serviceable, veteran journeymen quarterback.
He needs a running game and a stout defense to have a chance of being successful.
He was provided those things in the first two games of the year. On Sunday, they were nowhere to be found.
But the last thing Todd Bowles should do is turn the reigns back over to Geno Smith. The Jets should avoid that nightmare scenario as long as possible.
Fitzpatrick has been around the block and knows offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system quite well. That experience will be useful over the course of this year. That is something that Geno Smith does not have in this offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick gives the 2015 Jets the best chance to win at quarterback. However, for the Jets to have a successful season, it’s about being able to execute two specifics that helped them in their first two victories of the season.
The Jets need to protect the football and they need to force turnovers. Simple. Easy as 1-2-3. Football 101.
The Jets will be a much more competitive football team in 2015. They will win more games than they did a season ago. They’ll have a chance if things break right to work themselves into the postseason mix.
However, ultimately whether it’s in November or December or dare I say January, there will be one thing that derails their 2015 season.
The quarterback position.
Sometimes, it’s the quarterback stupid.
JJ’s Week 4 NFL Unlocks of the Week
(Season Record: 9-5-1)
• San Diego -7.5
• Chicago +3
• St. Louis +6.5
* Philadelphia -3
* Baltimore -3