Jets coach: 'No debate' about starting Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Colts

Even with the season lost, Todd Bowles is still hoping for some FitzMagic in the team’s next meaningless ballgame.

The Jets head coach announced Monday that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start against the Colts next Monday night despite the fan base’s calls for Bryce Petty. Though the Jets’ (3-8) season is lost and Fitzpatrick likely will not return, Bowles said it was not a difficult choice to stick by his veteran QB.

“There was no decision. I knew all along,” Bowles said. “There was no debate.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start in Monday Night Football against the Colts next week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start in Monday Night Football against the Colts next week.

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Fitzpatrick played relatively well in the Jets’ 22-17 loss to the Patriots Sunday, aside from a fumble on the final drive. However, with the 2016 campaign already a failure and two young quarterbacks on their roster, many believe the Jets are wasting valuable time to evaluate Petty and/or Christian Hackenberg while Fitzpatrick leads the team on the field.

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“We’re all fighters. We’re all trying to win every game, whether we’re trying to get to 8-8 or whether we’re trying to be 16-0,” Bowles said. “We’re trying to win ball games. We’re trying to win. It’s not about Bryce and it’s not about Fitz, it’s about our team trying to win ball games, right now Fitz is our starter, he gives us a good chance to win. Bryce is getting better, he got a lot of experience against the Rams, he’ll get more experience as time goes on, just not right now.”

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