The Houston Texans hope 2014 is a season that can make everyone forget a putrid 2013 that saw the team lose its last 14 games. If they’re going to avoid such a losing streak again, they’ll need better play from their quarterback position. Veteran acquisition Ryan Fitzpatrick hopes that his experience in dropping into a new offense will help him do just that for the Texans.
“It’s never easy right away just getting thrown into another group of guys that you don’t know anything about,” Fitzpatrick said per the Associated Press, “but I think being in the league and having to do it multiple times has made it easier for me in terms of being able to step in here.”
This will be Fitzpatrick’s third team in three years, which certainly qualifies him as experienced in the ‘new team, new scheme’ department, but also places a big question mark over the rest of his play.
After spending four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Fitzpatrick played one season for the Titans in relief of Jake Locker, where he threw for 14 TDs and 12 INTs in 11 appearances before making his way to Houston this past spring. On his career, Fitzpatrick has 106 TD passes and 93 interceptions, which goes a long way toward explaining the consternation some may have about the potential impact of Fitzpatrick on an ailing Texans offense.