He’s back! He’s back! He’s back!
Jets fans around the world (or you know New York/New Jersey) rejoiced when their beloved, albeit hairy, quarterback resigned with the team this past week. Believe me when I say the thought of watching Geno Smith/Bryce Petty/Christian Hackenberg start games this season, may or may not have given me nightmares.
Anyways….we’re past that. We have our QB! And let’s just say we’re going to need him. Here’s a look at the Jets schedule to start off the 2016 season:
Sunday, Sept. 11 vs. the Bengals (probable playoff team barring injuries)
Thursday, Sept. 15 at Buffalo (thanks NFL good thing we just started playing and then have to play 4 days later…oh and against our former coach with an improved Bills team. Solid.)
Sunday, Sept. 25 at Kansas City (another possible playoff team)
Sunday Oct. 2 vs. Seattle (Thank god this is home.)
Sunday Oct. 9 at Pittsburgh (again probable playoff team)
Monday, Oct. 17 at Arizona (possible Super Bowl team)
Sunday Oct. 23 vs. Ravens – I guess this is the first real break in the schedule?
Yikes. That’s a tough stretch to open with and even with Fitzpatrick, the Jets might not come out of it with more than 3 wins. Still, without him would be a bigger disaster. Fitz has a better shot of getting the ball to his playmakers, guys like Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, the newly acquired Matt Forte, and maybe a tight end might actually play this year.
GM Mike Maccagnan has had himself a good offseason, getting both Fitz and Mohammad Wilkerson to come back and play and gave the Jets a chance, a small one at being competitive in the AFC.
I’m trying not to let myself get too excited that Fitzpatrick is back because of that brutal schedule. I’m trying really hard not to think about the exciting plays he made last year to Brandon Marshall (side note – which helped lead me to a fantasy football championship as well). I’m trying really hard not to get excited about having one of our most consistent players back because in the end with this schedule, it might not matter much.
I don’t know how well that’s going…