Ryan Fitzpatrick had a solid season as the New York Jets’ signal caller. If he is not resigned by the New York Jets, look for him to join a contending team.
In today’s NFL, it is considered nearly impossible to win a Super Bowl without strong quarterback play. However, while simply having a good-to-great quarterback does not guarantee a playoff spot, it certainly helps.
This season alone, teams such as the Chargers, Giants, Buccaneers, and Saints all had at least a good quarterback and none of these teams made it to the playoffs. Of the four mentioned teams, there were two potential Hall of Famers and one definite future Hall of Fame player. Lack of quarterback skills were not the reason these teams missed the cut.
Furthermore, the New York Jets are similar to those teams that had good quarterbacking, but failed to clinch a playoff spot. The team had a resurgent year under rookie head coach Todd Bowles. The New York Jets went 10-6 this season, which was six games better than last season (the 2014 Jets went 4-12).
Part of the team’s turn around should be contributed to Todd Bowles. But, the majority of the credit should go to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, and the team’s quarterback- Ryan Fitzpatrick.
In Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first season with the Jets he set his career high for touchdown passes (31) and recorded a quarterback rating of 88. However, he did commit a fairly high amount of interceptions (15) which ultimately cost his team a playoff spot. In other words, unlike the Chargers, Saints, Giants, and Buccaneers, quarterback play was the direct reason the Jets missed the playoffs.
Ultimately, the New York Jets need to consider if paying Fitzpatrick is worth the on-field results. The New York Jets are not a team loaded with offensive talent. By paying Fitzpatrick a market level salary, this could limit the team’s ability to sign players that the team desperately needs in the coming years.
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