He missed offseason meetings and reps, but since Ryan Fitzpatrick turns 34 later this year and has played for six teams in 11 NFL seasons, what’s a spring or summer toss here or there got to do with it? No doubt, one digestible measure during Fitzpatrick’s holdout and the Jets’ hammer lock during their ludicrous contract dance was that it could press toward the day before training camp commenced and the old soldier would be just fine.
And here they are. Fitzpatrick signed fewer than 24 hours before today’s first Jets practice. A new beginning, they say. A fresh start, they Matt Paradis Authentic Womens Jersey insist.
The Fitzpatrick question overshadowed the principal question for the Jets this season.
This franchise needs to answer and fix something far more important than any one player or any one scheme.
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You remember. Rookie coach Todd Bowles took a team that had won four games the season prior and won 10. Beat NFC East champion Washington. Topped rival New England late. So much hard work set up a payoff, a regular-season finale at Buffalo against a team that had lost two of its last three games and had won only seven overall. A team that had beaten the Jets 22-17 in the Jets’ stadium in mid-November. A team coached by ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan, the man Bowles replaced.
Win and the Jets would be a shiny 11-5. Win and they were in the playoffs. It was all right there at hand. It was a big moment. The Jets, winners of five straight, looked primed for it.
And what happened was another 22-17 loss with Fitzpatrick throwing three interceptions on the Jets’ final three drives. Worse was how small the Jets played in such a big moment, how confused they looked, how listless they looked.
So, at the Jets facility on Wednesday, the Jets were asked about this. What did they learn? How did they handle this in the offseason? How is this team going to be molded to shine in the biggest moments in 2016?
What the hell happened in Buffalo?
A Jets executive was asked how Bowles handled it all and answered: “Well, I think he does what he has always done, just move on, not get too high or too low over any one game, forget about it and forge ahead.”
Jets center Nick Mangold said: “Last year means nothing to this season.”
Safety Marcus Gilchrist was asked to explain the Buffalo buffoonery and he said: “It is what it is.”
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Tetris haircut wearer Antonio Brown can be seen frequently driving in a Rolls Royce — he’s got at least three custom ones — every day on his DJ Khaled-esque Snapchat (ab84official). Apparently, Jets WR Brandon Marshall’s been keeping up with Brown and his whips. Unimpressed with Brown, Marshall showed off his Porsche and proposed a bet over Instagram: If Brown gets more receiving yards than Marshall, he’ll give him his Porsche; if Marshall comes out on top, however, he wants the Rolls Royce.
“A.B., man. I see you boys driving those Rolls Royces. Let me show you how we do it New York, man. We ride these Porsches, bro. Talk about going fast. Ay, let’s race for pinks, bro, any day. Or, y’know what I’m saying, if you have more receiving yards than me, I’ll give you the Porsche. If I have more receiving yards than you, then … you gotta give me the Rolls Royce.”
That’s a bold challenge Marshall just put out there. Obviously a lot of people on Instagram want Brown to do it.
On Thursday, Brown told TMZ that he’s interested, but only if he’s not joking around and doing it because he “just wants some PR.”
“He don’t really wanna do that. He just wants some PR. He too old to be doing that.”
Brown also noted, “The RR is about $100k up [from the value of the Porsche].”
“If he really serious, CALL ME … I’ll gladly accept. Don’t Internet it.”