Despite the general consensus of many New York Jets fans, Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t the only culprit in Orchard Park in Week 17.
Let’s officially hold onto our horses ladies and gentlemen. While Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t a play a brilliant brand of football in Week 17 against the Bills in Buffalo last year, he wasn’t the sole reason the New York Jets lost and missed the postseason.
It’s understandable that you’d jump all over that “bash Fitz” bandwagon. We feel your disdain.
When a journeyman quarterback such as Fitzpatrick takes ownership of a team to the level he did in 2015, you expected him to finish off the job and qualify for the tournament for the first time in his career. It was all right there for him, yet he couldn’t capitalize.
Allow us to rephrase: The Jets couldn’t capitalize in their 22-17 defeat. It’s extremely important to remember history during this period of QB uncertainty and contract madness in Jets land.
The Jets and Fitz sure remember history. The fans ought to as well.
The last time I checked, football is still a team game. While Roger Goodell has gone to great lengths to ensure that the QB has more power than ever, this 11-on-11 game is still the ultimate team game that demands uniquely synced pieces to produce.
It takes 11 to get the job done. On that chilly January day in Buffalo, 11 men failed. And unless you’re graced with one of the great signal callers in the game, it will always take 11.