Remember this offseason, when the Jets were desperately hoping to re-sign quarterback Ryan Fiztpatrick after his career year in 2015? Turns out, his 3,905 passing yards and 31 touchdowns against 15 interceptions was indeed an anomaly, and he's fully returned to his aspiring-for-replacement-level status through four weeks of the 2016 season.
In Week 3, Fitzpatrick was all kind of terrible when he threw six interceptions in a single 60-minute game. On Sunday against the Seahawks, Fitzpatrick wasn't nearly as bad -- but he also was far from great. In fact, you could make a strong case that he already should've been benched -- on several occasions -- for Geno Smith.
The latest: Fitzpatrick completed 23 of 41 passes for 261 yards, a touchdown and three more picks against Seattle. Yep, that's nine interceptions in eight quarters of football.
Here's the one that earned him the hat trick on Sunday:
Fitzpatrick decides to test Richard Sherman. Again.— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2016
Fitzpatrick gets picked off by Richard Sherman. Again. https://t.co/vAKuKWPxma
It's probably fitting that Richard Sherman was on the receiving end. Meanwhile, for an idea of just how historically inaccurate Fitzpatrick has been, consider this:
The Jets, now 1-3, travel to Pittsburgh next week to face the Steelers. And in the interim, coach Todd Bowles can expect to spend his days answering questions about when Fitzpatrick will be benched.