Former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick thinks the Jets made the right decision to hire Zach Wilson as Aaron Rodgers’ backup this offseason.
But after being benched Sunday in Buffalo, Fitzpatrick thinks it’s time for a change.
“Zach is really talented, so when they acquired Aaron to keep Zach, I thought it was the right decision. Aaron has been very healthy throughout his career,” Fitzpatrick said. “You can sit back and learn from him and maybe use some of this talent to become a better quarterback.
“They have supported him with all their might for him to be thrown out again. Over and over again, they said he was getting better. It’s not just him, it’s everyone. They. movement taken by [Sunday]I think it will be difficult to get back to him. ”
Head coach Robert Saleh and the Jets have agreed on Monday that Tim Boyle will start Friday against the Dolphins and Wilson will slide to No. 3, at least for now.
Fitzpatrick will be in town this week as part of the Prime Video broadcast crew for the Black Friday game between the Jets and Dolphins.
Fitzpatrick, who played quarterback during the Jets’ last winning season in 2015, said the Jets have not been able to adjust to life without Rodgers.
“This is a championship-level defense,” Fitzpatrick said. “Unfortunately, just like last year, we’re sitting here talking about the failures and struggles of our offensive line. I couldn’t adjust after the injury.”
Fitzpatrick enjoyed success in New York in 2015, but experienced loss in 2016.
If the offense messes up again, it could create an awkward situation for fans at MetLife Stadium on Friday.
Fitzpatrick said the players are trying their best to shut out outside noise, but it will be difficult.
“When you’re on your first series and you’re out at three years old and you’re already getting boos, it’s hard to ignore that,” Fitzpatrick said. “You feel like you’re feeling the pressure, but the only way to relieve it is to play well. That’s really it. When things aren’t going well, it’s a tough market.
“When things are going well, it’s a great market to be in. It’s a lot of fun. They demand good football there and if we don’t get it, we’re going to let them know about it.”