Jets' Todd Bowles leaves door open for a potential quarterback change
Bowles previously said that the starting job still belongs to Ryan Fitzpatrick
Moments after the Jets' embarrassing loss to the Cardinals on Monday night, Todd Bowles committed himself to Ryan Fitzpatrick for yet another week, saying that Fitzpatrick would start against the Ravens on Sunday. A day later, Bowles backed down from that remark and left the door for a possible change at quarterback.
"There's a possibility every week that there will be some changes made, as far as player-wise," Bowles said, according to 247 Sports. "When I discuss it with the staff, when they know, everybody else will know. If I decide to make a move, you'll know."
Bowles says, in general, there could be personnel changes after talking with staff tonight. That includes the QB position. #NYJ— Chris Lopresti (@CLoprestiWFAN) October 18, 2016
That doesn't exactly read like an endorsement of Fitzpatrick, who leads the league with 11 interceptions. When Fitzpatrick threw that 11th pick in the fourth quarter Monday night, he got benched for Geno Smith, who promptly got picked off on his only series of the game. Smith, who's in the final year of his contract, went 4 of 6 for 31 yards and that interception.
So, clearly, Bowles doesn't have any good options available to him. Still, he admitted he has been thinking about a possible change since the game.
"I did revisit it," Bowles said, adding that Smith showed "some promise."
Another option could be going with either Bryce Petty or rookie Christian Hackenberg. By the sound of it, Bowles won't turn to either inexperienced option this week, but he might eventually.
Bowles says #Jets "still have some stages to go" before they turn to Petty/Hackenberg at QB. However, adds that it's "definitely possible"— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) October 18, 2016
The Jets are 1-5. So, their quarterback situation is now the most interesting aspect of their season even though it's simultaneously the most depressing part of their season.
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