Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets remain far apart in contract negotiations and have been for months, which makes you wonder: At some point, are the Jets going to forget about Fitzpatrick and move forward with Geno Smith?
“Well, here’s the thing,” FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “They know what Ryan is. They know exactly what they have. So at any point in time, they can look at it and go, ‘You know what? Fine. We’re going to call his bluff and we’re going to move on, and we’re going to see what we have.’ If Geno’s not enough, what’s it going to cost them? An extra $2 million to call him back and say, ‘Hey, let’s have you come back?’
“However, I will say this,” Glazer continued. “The rest of the crew kind of did rally around him a little bit. It’s not about throwing a deep ball. It’s just about not screwing it up for everybody else sometimes at that position. If the defense is playing well and you get the running game going, you just need somebody to kind of make sure that you keep their sticks moving and not screw it up all the time – and he really did a great job with that.”
Indeed, the Jets weren’t expected to do much of anything last year but went 10-6 – their best mark since 2010, when they went 11-5. Fitzpatrick, playing for his fourth team in four seasons, didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but he did throw for 31 touchdowns despite clear physical limitations. He also made the Jets believe they could win every game.
Five of their six losses were by seven points or fewer.
“Sometimes it really is about bringing everybody else together,” Glazer said. “I think he does that really well in that locker room.”