Todd Bowles informed media of QB switch before telling Ryan Fitzpatrick
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has admitted to mishandling the quarterback situation by not informing Ryan Fitzpatrick he’d been replaced by Bryce Petty as starter before announcing it to the media.
Bowles revealed that Petty would be handed the reins of the offense during his postgame press conference following the Jets’ brutal 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Fitzpatrick apparently was told of the switch by offensive coaches just before meeting with the media the same night.
Bowles has since admitted he could have handled things a lot better.
“I hadn’t talked to him,” Bowles said, via NJ.com’s Darryl Slater. “The coaches told him. I had been meaning to talk to him and I got tied up with a few things. I’ll make sure we’ll talk [Wednesday] morning.”
“I probably could’ve, and he tried to cover for me,” Bowles said. “But I had a lot on my mind. I got some things off my chest, and it kind of went over the wrong way differently, and I’ll talk to him [Wednesday].”
Reports indicated the Jets would roll with Fitzpatrick so long as the team remained in playoff contention. Monday’s blowout loss officially eliminated them from any shot at the postseason, ushering in the switch to Petty.
The entire Fitzpatrick saga of the offseason — highlighted by a protracted and sometimes-contentious contract negotiations that weren’t resolved until the parties agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract in late July — seems to have been a regrettable one, as the veteran quarterback never seemed to get on track after being away from the team for so long. A 1-5 start doomed the team right out of the gate and Fitzpatrick’s erratic and sometimes disastrous play contributed in large part to the early-season swoon.
Where the 3-9 Jets go from here — from the future of the frequently bumbling coaching staff to the uncertain situation at quarterback and beyond — will need to be resolved in the offseason … once this nightmarish season comes to its merciful end.