Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a career high and franchise record six interceptions in the New York Jets embarrassing 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. This performance is raising questioning among the fan base as to whether Fitzpatrick is worth his $12 million base salary and if the team should consider a move to bench him for Geno Smith.
Fitzpatrick was throwing interceptions all over the field with multiple in the end zone which continually crushed the Jets comeback efforts. Fitzpatrick finished the game 20 of 44 fir 188 yards and an 18.2 quarterback rating.
The veteran journeyman was clearly disgusted with his own performance and knows this can not happen again if the Jets hope to compete for a playoff spot.
“It’s hard, it hurts,” said Fitzpatrick. “It hurts for me to play that poorly. Unfortunately, I’ve played badly before and I know how to rebound from it.”
Jets head coach Todd Bowles was very angry at the team’s execution and the game plan, but shares how his confidence is the same in his starting quarterback.
“The trust is the same,” said Bowles. “He had a bad day at the office. Last week, we had a great day at the office.”
The Jets are in a critical early stretch of its schedule with four games against the Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens. Fitzpatrick can not have a repeat performance as these are all perennial playoff teams the Jets will face in their next four games. If Fitzpatrick continues to struggle fans will begin calling for the next man up as his performance Sunday is completely unacceptable to the team and its fans.