Ryan Fitzpatrick is back.
After Geno Smith started the game against the Baltimore Ravens for the New York Jets, and played adequately, he was forced from the game with an injury which turned out to be a torn ACL. Fitzpatrick did fine in relief and now finds himself back in the driver’s seat due to Smith’s injury.
Of course, he couldn’t let it go at that. No, Fitzpatrick — you know, the leader, the good and professional Jets quarterback — took a shot at everyone in the organization.
Fitzpatrick: "When owner stops believing in you & GM stops believing in u & coaches stop believing in u, sometimes all you have is yourself"
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 23, 2016
So if Geno Smith’s comments and actions around the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers were labeled a tantrum or immature by guys like The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta, who clearly has had a Fitzpatrick shaped axe to grind for months, what are Fitzpatrick’s actions to be called?
Because his comments after the Jets won their first game in four weeks were nothing short of selfish and arrogant. At the very least it’s mind-numbingly blind.
Any quarterback — any player — needs to have massive amounts of self-confidence. By no means should Fitzpatrick have been content or happy to be demoted. He also shouldn’t have popped off about it in public after ending the losing streak, though. He shouldn’t have taken his issues to the media when he was, at that moment, the hero again.
If you think about it — and surely Fitzpatrick has since realized by now — bringing it up is just bringing up why you got benched in the first place. In case he doesn’t know, let us remind him.
Fitzpatrick, you were horrible. As a starting quarterback, you were awful this season, save for one excellent game in Week 2. By and large you were, at best, mediocre and at worst, an abject disaster. Of the 11 interceptions cited in the above Tweet, four were not only thrown from in the red zone, but caught within the last ten yards, two right at the goal line. Your completion percentage in the red zone? A whopping 38.71.
We’ll grant you that you are a monster the front office made by naming you the starter last winter after the season and then flirting with you over and over all summer.
In some ways how can we be shocked you act like an entitled prima donna when the team bent over backwards to get you on the squad and hand you a job you didn’t earn in camp?
While the team’s record isn’t all your fault — the defense has been terrible and placed the offense behind the eight-ball numerous times during the losing streak — you have still been your own worst enemy in games such as the one in Kansas City, which is a loss we can place totally on your shoulders.
You press when the team is down and, more often than not, throw passes which are ill-thought out and inaccurate. That’s not to say you can’t make big plays as you did in Buffalo during the Week 2 win, but that you often fall apart instead, as you did in Week 17 last season.
So, spare us your public outcry for a pity party. Nobody believes in you? Well maybe that’s because you showed us on a regular basis this season that we couldn’t.
You know this business and you know that if you cannot produce on the field, you won’t be on it for long. There’s no way you can honestly look at this year and say that the team should have stuck with you. There’s no sane way to look at the season and think that you did anything to prove you deserved to stay quarterback.
All you did this weekend was prove to us that all the nonsense about what a great leader you are is smoke and mirrors and when push comes to shove, you’re no different than Smith.
Smith is a tantrum throwing baby? Then you must be a fetus for complaining about getting one back after you threw it away like one of the interceptions you’ve produced with regularity this season.
Until then, we have these two words for your pity party: BOO HOO.