With injuries this year to quarterbacks Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets’ coach Todd Bowles finally had no choice but to start second year QB Bryce Petty for the first time in his career Sunday against the Rams. And at this point, it only makes sense to keep Petty in for the rest of the season. Sitting at 3-7 in a strong AFC conference, and still with two games against New England, the playoffs have all but forgotten about Gang Green this season. Why continue to force fans to suffer through watching Fitzpatrick continue to throw interception after interception? 2016 2nd-round pick Christian Hackenberg is by all accounts not ready to see the field this year, but Petty should be given the chance to prove himself, especially after the Jets season has fallen apart so soon.
Long-term, none of the Jets’ four current quarterbacks seem like an answer. And with names like Tony Romo and Jay Cutler likely to hit free agency next, it seems logical that the Jets would at least be in play to sign one of them, as long as GM Mike Maccagnan is smart enough to finally walk away from Geno and Fitz, who have been nothing but disappointments their entire time with the Jets.
Petty proved himself at Baylor, after not earning the starting job until he had already earned his degree from the school. In 2013, Petty led the Bears to an 11-1 record, finishing the season at #6 in the BCS rankings after a Fiesta Bowl loss to #15 UCF. Petty threw for 4,200 yards with 32 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. During his senior year, Petty threw for 3,855 yards with a 63.1 completion percentage with 29 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The Bears finished at 11-1 again, losing to Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl as Petty threw a record 550 yards, finishing the season at #5 in the final CFP rankings.
I’m a Giants’ fan, but as someone who listens to WFAN everyday, I hope that the Jets at least give Petty a shot to show what he can do. And if it isn’t enough to impress the coaching staff and management to keep with him next year, please do not spend another summer trying to lock down a 34 year-old Ryan Fitz-tragic, who frankly isn’t a very good quarterback.