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Ryan Fitzpatrick on six-INT performance in loss to Chiefs: ‘It’s flushed’


Ryan Fitzpatrick is trying to have a short memory as it relates to his disastrous six-interception performance in Sunday’s 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The New York Jets quarterback used a toilet analogy to describe how he treated his miserable game.

“It’s flushed,” he said, via NJ Advanced Media’s Darryl Slater. “It was pretty easy to try to forget about that one. It was so bad, and there were so many poor things on my part that happened in that game, that you want to put it behind you as fast as you can.”

Fitzpatrick posted a career-low 18.2 passer rating while going 20-for-44 for 188 yards and no touchdowns to go with those six picks — three of which came in the end zone — forced balls he said “can’t happen.”

“It’s still a matter of taking what the defense gives you, and if it’s not there, throw it away,” he said. “You can’t take points off the board. Those were a couple things that’ll kill you, and I can’t do that going forward.”

Still, Fitzpatrick insisted in the wake of the horrific performance that it’s not “all doom and gloom.” He cited how just last week the Jets were being lauded for their 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills.

“Last week, everybody was talking about how we’re the greatest show on turf basically after one game,” he pointed out. “We’re only as good as our next game.”

But Fitzpatrick did bristle at the notion the Jets were too pass-heavy in the red zone against the Chiefs, saying philosophies change every week depending on what the defense is giving them.

The Jets have stumbled out of the gate to a 1-2 record and things won’t get any easier. The team’s next three games include a home match-up with the potentially Russell Wilson-less Seattle Seahawks before heading out on the road for tough tilts against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

Fitzpatrick obviously has to play much better and the Jets will have to improve their red zone efficiency significantly in those games to avoid deep-sixing their season.