WATCH: Jets bench Fitzpatrick for Geno Smith, who promptly tosses a pick
Ryan Fitzpatrick added to his league-leading interception total before getting benched
Trailing 28-3 to the Cardinals, the Jets replaced Fitzpatrick with Geno Smith. To that point, Fitzpatrick had continued his dreadful start to the season by completing 16 of his 31 pass attempts for 174 yards, no touchdowns and an interception for a 55.0 passer rating.
Shockingly, Smith didn't magically fix the Jets' woes. His first drive ended in an interception, because of course it did. The pick was entirely on Smith for throwing a late sideline route, which gave Tyrann Mathieu time to jump the pass.
And so, it took Smith six passes to pull a Fitzpatrick, who leads the league in interceptions with 11.
Fitzpatrick's interception that led to his benching was classic Fitzpatrick. According to Pro Football Focus, five of Fitzpatrick's 11 interceptions have come on passes thrown to Marshall. According to NFL Research, four of his picks have come in the red zone.
So, this makes sense then:
That was Fitzpatrick's last pass of the game. When the Cardinals turned that takeaway into a touchdown, Smith grabbed his helmet. Both quarterbacks wore their helmets on the sideline as the Jets regained possession, but it was Smith who entered the game.
He ended up going 4 of 6 for 31 yards, no touchdowns and an interception for a 39.6 passer rating. No, that's not good.
GeNOOOOO— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) October 18, 2016
Six throws. Geno Smith = Ryan Fitzpatrick— Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) October 18, 2016
And Geno Smith joins the interception party. #NYJvsAZ— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 18, 2016
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a 55 quarterback rating tonight. Geno Smith a 39.6. So there's that. pic.twitter.com/FH99V4aLpt— Will Reeve Jr (@WillReeveJr) October 18, 2016
Imagine being on fire...then someone pours gasoline on you.— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) October 18, 2016
That's what it's like to go from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Geno Smith.
And now, Jets coach Todd Bowles has to decide which of those two quarterbacks he'll start against the Ravens this weekend. If it were up to me, I'd go with Smith, who's in the final year of his contract. At some point, especially with Fitzpatrick struggling and the season already lost, the Jets need to find out what they have in Smith. They need to give him one final chance to play -- a year ago, they were OK with him starting until he got clocked in the locker room.
But that's not my decision to make. It's Bowles'. And he decided to ride with Fitzpatrick.
Bowles: "Smith played [the role of] a relief pitcher. Fitz will be back next week."— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 18, 2016
I'll leave you with this:
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