Ryan Fitzpatrick takes a backseat to Bryce Petty on Sunday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick wanted to play — that much he’ll say. After Fitzpatrick sprained his MCL a week ago, Todd Bowles tapped Bryce Petty to be the starter for the Jets’ 9-6 loss to the Rams Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The veteran was still apparently healthy enough to be the backup.
So did Fitzpatrick disagree with Bowles’ decision to play Petty? That much, he wouldn’t really let on.
"Yeah, I wanted to start. But you know there’s a lot of things that go into the decision," Fitzpatrick said. "I’m a competitor, I want to be out there. In terms of how smart it was, I always want to be out there, I don’t care what’s going on with me."
Fitzpatrick was asked repeatedly in various forms if he felt he could have or should have been the one playing quarterback for the Jets Sunday, and eventually grew weary of the inquisition.
"How many questions are we … it’s the same question over and over," Fitzpatrick said. "I wanted to play, I want to be out there. But it was decided that I wouldn’t, I was not ready to play with my knee."
Bowles wouldn’t say who his quarterback is going forward. Certainly there is some chance that the Jets elect to give Petty more experience and roll with the younger quarterback, which could mean that Fitzpatrick might not play for the Jets again. Asked if he was concerned about that scenario, Fitzpatrick said, "No, that’s not why any of us are here in the locker room. To think about anything other than winning football games. We’re here to win. So no, I don’t think that."
Bowles had previously said that Fitzpatrick would be a game-time decision, but admitted after the game that he made up his mind to start Petty on Saturday. Fitzpatrick said he wasn’t sure during the week if he’d be able to play.
"I tried to push it all week," Fitzpatrick said. "On Friday, had just a day to kind of show the coaches what I was able to do and not able to do. And then after that Todd was able to kind of sit down, talk about it with some people and make the decision I wasn’t going to play."
Despite Fitzpatrick not being healthy enough to start, he was apparently still a better option than rookie Christian Hackenberg, who is healthy but was inactive.
Fitzpatrick said his injury was described to him as being day-to-day and said, "I’m not in crazy amounts of pain and staying up at night or anything." With the Jets entering the bye week, he’ll have two weeks to heal before the Jets play the Patriots. How disappointing would it be for him to be healthy but benched at that point?
"We’ll not live in the world of hypotheticals," Fitzpatrick said.