Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick

Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles


Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick,

For a smart guy… ( highest Wonderlic Test score ever by a quarterback )…you sure are being STUPID!

It’s time that you started to think about your teammates, the city of New York that gave you an opportunity in 2015, and all of the Jet fans, instead of just dear Ryan Fitzpatrick. Because, by the way, the Jets have offered you a three-year, $24 million deal with $12 million in the first year. ( That’s more money than what nearly every American watching you play, will ever see in their entire lifetime.) And, it’s a great offer, especially for you. Why…?

For starters dear Ryan Fitzpatrick, you are not that good! I said it. Let’s look at everything before 2015.

You were drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft…250th overall pick. Not the first, second, third, fourth, fifth or even sixth round…but the seventh round. St. Louis thought so little of you, that they traded you to the Bengals for a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft on September 1, 2007.

You only ended up playing for the Bengals because of injuries to the real quarterback, Carson Palmer. After the 2008 season, Cincinnati didn’t want you anymore, so you signed with the Buffalo Bills on February 27, 2009. Mediocre games followed, and you lost your starting job to QB Trent Edwards. You returned as the Bills’ starter at the beginning of the 2012 season, but were released on March 12, 2013.

On March 18, 2013, you signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. Holding out after the 2013 season like you are this year, would have likely ended your career, because you played in only 11 games, starting in 9 of them. You finished that season with a lousy 3–6 record as the starting quarterback, and were released on March 14, 2014…replaced by Charlie Whitehurst.

On March 18, 2014, you signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans. ( see a pattern here…no one wants you for very long, ) You were named the Texans’ starting quarterback by new Head Coach Bill O’Brien on June 17, but not for long. As usual, you were demoted to second string on November 5, 2014, and replaced as the starter by Ryan Mallett. You were later able to start again for the Texans, but only because QB Ryan Mallett tore his pectoral muscle. You finished the season with a 6–6 record, so at least you won half of your games.

On March 11, 2015, you were traded again! The Houston Texans didn’t want you, so they sent you to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Were you named the starter? No. It wasn’t until an incident in the locker room, when starting quarterback QB Geno Smith was sucker punched and left with a broken jaw, that you were tentatively named the starter for Week 1.

Did you end up having a good season in 2015? Yes you did. Many fantasy football owners were happy. You were the #11 quarterback for 2015, with 3,905 passing yards, and 31 TD passes. ( along with 270 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs.) Did you accomplish this, after struggling in the league since 2005, because you suddenly are great? No. Did the team around you have a ton to do with this renaissance season? Yes they did. ( Thanks WR Brandon Marshall, WR Eric Decker, RB Chris Ivory, RB Bilal Powell, the O-Line, the #22 defense, the coaching staff, and everyone else that helped you become the #11 quarterback for 2015.)

Do you deserve a raise? Yes you do, and you have been offered one…a big one. So once again, it’s time dear Ryan Fitzpatrick that you started to think about your teammates, the city of New York that gave you an opportunity in 2015, and all of the Jet fans, instead of just Ryan Fitzpatrick.

It’s a great offer, especially for you.

( and answer your damn phone when Eric Decker calls!)

New York Jets Team Profile 2016

New York Jets Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Todd Bowles became the 18th head coach in Jet’s team history on January 14, 2015. Bowles worked as a defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and 2014. Usually, a new head coach is given a pass on his 1st year, to organize the team and make it his own ( afterall, the previous guy was fired for likely creating a bad team.) But HC Todd Bowles didn’t need a pass, proving that he was the right man for the job with a 10-6 record in 2015.

2016 Team Outlook – I am not a believer in running up the score, when you’re beating the crap out of another team. But some purists will say…”Hey, if the team doesn’t like the score….then stop them!” Same can be said about the AFC East Division. If the New York Jets, Buffalo and Miami don’t like New England winning all the time…..then stop them!”

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook –

QB– Ryan Fitzpatrick may have finally found a home. Fitzpatrick was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of the 2005 NFL Draft and he has bounced around the league playing for 6 different teams. Those teams are the St. Louis Rams, the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and the New York Jets. Fitzpatrick finished the year with 3,905 passing yards, 31 touchdowns with 15 interceptions, breaking Vinny Testaverde’s 1998 franchise record for most touchdown passes in a season. In Week 17 of 2015, the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention despite finishing the year with a 10-6 record. FYI- Fitzpatrick has the highest Wonderlic Test score ever achieved among NFL quarterbacks.

RBs– Chris Ivory played in 15 games for the Jets in 2015, and finished the season as the #7 running back in the NFL. He ranked near the top in rushing attempts, proving to be durable and reliable. Ivory is a free agent this year, and is expected to test the open market. If the Jets can’t re-sign him, the team is hurting because their other productive back, RB Bilal Powell, is also a free agent. UPDATE: Jets lose RB Ivory ( to Jacksonville) …but sign former Bear’s RB Matt Forte…..Bilal Powell (resigned).  Khiry Robinson signed a 1-year deal w/ NYJ.

WRs– There are a few wide receiver tandems in the NFL, that make “receiver-weak” teams drool. Demaryius Thomas/ Emmanuel Sanders in Denver….Allen Robinson Allen Hurns in Jacksonville…and Brandon Marshall/ Eric Decker in New York. No tandem produced more in 2015 than Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. The pair is just what the doctor ordered for the offense, for Jet’s fans and for resurrecting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career. UPDATE: Jeremy Ross signed a 1-year deal w/ NYJ.

TEs– Two words that can murder a tight ends stats…..Chan Gailey
. Prior to 2015, the Jets had at least one tight end rank in the top 30 for the past 4 years. In 2015, TE Kellen Davis was the #83 Te in the NFL, beating out fellow Jet;s TE Jeff Cumberland at #84. The tight end position not a big part of offenses designed by OC Chan Gailey, who runs the most four-wide sets in the NFL.

K– On Nov. 10, 2015…Jets placed K Nick Folk on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury, ending his season. Former Texan Randy Bullock took over kicking duties for the rest of the season. Folk should be back in 2016.

DEF– New head coach Todd Bowles is defensive minded, and improved the 21st ranking in 2014….to 5th best defense in 2015. The Jets were #1 vs the run. The head coach probably didn’t like being 9th vs the pass however. On Feb. 22,2016 the Jets released CB Antonio Cromartie.

2015 New York Jets Fantasy Surprises
–By season’s end of  2015, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ranked ahead of GB QB Aaron Rodgers, MIA QB Ryan Tannehill and ATL QB Matt Ryan. Fitzpatrick’s 3905 passing yards with 31 TDs landed him #11 for last year. RB Bilal Powell was an untapped resource for the Jets, until the latter part of the season. Powell is a talented pass-catching back who had 25 receptions for 243 yards and 2 TDs in the final 4 games of 2105.

2016 Free Agents that New York Needs to Address –
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Chris Ivory, RB Bilal Powell (resigned), TE Kellen Davis, WR Chris Owusu, RB Stevan Ridley, K Randy Bullock, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, NT Damon Harrison, DE Leger Douzable, ILB Erin Henderson, ILB Demario Davis, OLB Calvin Pace, OG Willie Colon, CB Darrin Walls, ILB Jamari Lattimore, SS Antonio Allen

2016 NFL Draft– QB Ryan Fitpatrick is 34 years old and that means, the Jets have to protect him ( O-Line help in the draft) and they have to think about tomorrow, by drafting a quarterback to groom. Even if the Jets sign one of their free agent running backs, it’s time to draft a young guy. Look for the Jets to select an outside linebacker and address their secondary. – NEW YORK JET’S DRAFT

Did You Know –During his five seasons with the Jets, quarterback Mark Sanchez threw 68 touchdown passes. They were caught by 22 different players.

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Team Profiles- New York Jets

Team Profiles- New York Jets by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug (no relation to Todd) Bowles

Todd Bowles signed a multi-year contract to become the head coach of the New York Jets on January 14, 2015, making him the 18th head coach in team history. (Doesn’t it seem like it has been a lot longer than 10 years ago since Herm Edwards was the Jets head coach?) Todd Bowles played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety. He worked as a defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, and then for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and 2014. The Jets replaced a defense-minded head coach (Rex Ryan) with another defense-minded head coach, even though the most glaring problems for New York for the past few years hasn’t necessarily been on defense.

2015 Team Outlook – The New York Jets, Buffalo and Miami have all had to watch as the New England Patriots win the AFC East division year after year…12 times in the past 14 years. The Pats started their dominating run in the AFC East one year after drafting QB Tom Brady (2000) That year, New York used one of their 4-1st round picks on QB Chad Pennington. The Jets entire organization is having a make over this year, including a new head coach, so it’s unlikely that they will threaten New England Patriots anymore than they did in 2014.

2015 Fantasy Outlook –

QB– The Jets have drafted 5 quarterbacks in the past 7 years….Tajh Boyd-2014, Geno Smith-2013, Greg McElroy-2011, Mark Sanchez-2009 and Eric Ainge-2008. Out of this group, only Geno Smith is still on there roster. Out of this group, only Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez are still in the NFL. Geno Smith is not the answer in New York, nor is free agent Mike Vick. The Jets have the #6 overall selection in April’s upcoming NFL Draft, so if the organization wants to try one more time at drafting a franchise quarterback, they are positioned to do so. The two top quarterbacks entering the draft are Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Tampa Bay has the #1 overall selection and they need a QB as well. Rookie QB Winston recently visited the Bucs for an interview and he went to Florida State, so the fit makes sense. Most prognosticators have the Jets selecting rookie QB Marcus Mariota with their only 1st round pick. UPDATE: The Jets Acquired QB Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Texans in exchange for a 2016 seventh-round pick. Fitzpatrick will be competing with Geno Smith for the starting job likely right up to the season opener.

RBs– In 2014, the Jets had a patchwork offense made up of free agents from all over the NFL. RB Chis Ivory came over from New Orleans. RB Chris Johnson came from Tennessee. RB Darryl Richardson was a Ram in 2013. WR Eric Decker was a Bronco and WR Percy Harvin was traded by Seattle. With poor play at the QB position and so many players being worked into a new offense, it’s a wonder that the Jets even won 4 games. In 2014, #1 RB Ivory had 198 rushing attempts for 821 yards and scored seven all-purpose TDs. Ivory turns 27 this month, and will return to the Jets in 2015. RB Chris Johnosn on the other hand is a free agent and New York doesn’t want the back…back. RB Chris Johnson recently blamed GM John Idzik for his reduced role last season and lack of production last season which is classic CJ2K…always blaming someone else. He will get marginal interest as a free agent. UPDATE: The Jets will not re-sign RB Chris Johnson.

WRs– Last season WR Eric Decker chased the money to New York, leaving Denver, Peyton Manning as his quarterback, and a team that had gone to the Super Bowl in 2013. In that Super Bowl year, Decker was the #8 wide receiver in the league, with 1288 receiving yards and 11 TDs. His 2014 season in New York was not as successful. Decker went from #8 to #28 WR in the NFL, with 962 yards and 5 TDs. That was good enough to be the #1 WR for the Jets. To find the stats for the #2 WR in New York, you have to go all the way down to #85 among all NFL wide receivers- Jeremy Kerley. He ended 2014 with 409 yards and 1 TD. The #3 WR for the Jets was the ever-disappointing Percy Harvin- 350 yards -1 TD. Just how bad was this passing offense in 2014? WR Antonio Brown for the Pittsburgh Steelers almost had more receiving yards than all Jets 3 top WRs combined. UPDATE: The Jets acquired WR Brandon Marshall and a 2015 seventh-round pick from the Bears in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick. Do not draft Marshall too early. The QB situation for the Jets stinks, and honestly, Marshall hasn’t been motivated for a long time now.

If the top Jets 3 wide receivers didn’t get very many receiving yards or touchdowns in 2014, you can bet the tight ends on the team didn’t either. Jet TE Jace Amaro had 345 yards and 2 TDs, followed by Jeff Cumberland with 247 yards and 3 TDs. Neither TE will help much in the NFL or in fantasy football.

K– Hey guess what? An offensive player from the Jets team actually ranked in the 2014 top 15 at his position in the NFL! Kicker Nick Folk ranked #14 knocking in 32 of 39 field goal attempts and all 23 extra points. Alright Nick!

DEF– If you can’t put a great offense on the field each week (or in the Jets case…any week) you damn well better put the best defense out there, which the Jets didn’t do either. New York was the 9th worst team at points allowed in 2014. They got zero TDs from their defense. (JJ Watt for Houston had 2 defensive TDs all by himself.) The Jets were last in the NFL in INTs. This all culminates into four words…”Rex you are fired”. UPDATE: The Jets signed CBs Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to 5 and 4 year deals respectively.

2014 New York Jets Fantasy Surprises
– I was surprised that WR Eric Decker did as well as he did. He almost posted a 1,000 yard season (granted, 221 yards came in the last game of the season vs Miami) Prior to that game, Decker had only one game with 100 yards receiving all year (in Week 15). RB Chris Johnson complains and makes excuses, but is still fast. Didn’t matter…he was only able to score 1 TD in 2014 – a 35 yard TD run in the 4th quarter of Week 4 vs Detroit.

2015 Free Agents that New York Needs to Address –
QB Mike Vick- (not re-signed) RB Chris Johnso (not re-signed)- RB Bilal Powell (re-signed)- FB John Connor- G Willie Colon (re-signed)- DT Kenrick Ellis (signed w/ NY Giants)- ILB David Harris (re-signed)- S Dawan Landry.
The Jets signed SS Marcus Gilchrist to a 4 year deal and re-signed LS Tanner Purdum.

2015 NFL Draft– The immediate needs of the New York Jets are at quarterback, at corner back, new offensive linemen and a running back. The Jets simply can’t go another season with Geno Smith as their quarterback (QB), they need at least 3 new corners (CB), they need big guys to protect a new rookie quarterback (OL) and they need depth behind Chris Ivory (RB). UPDATE: New York Jet’s entire 2015 NFL Draft can be seen at this link- NEW YORK JET’S DRAFT

Did You Know – The Jets have a perfect record in Super Bowl appearances? The Jets are joined by the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa bay Buccaneers as the only three NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance.

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