Jets GM has 'no regrets' on bringing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back

Mike Maccagnan isn’t second-guessing himself for re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick even though this season has turned out to be your garden-variety tire fire for all involved. The 3-7 Jets are an unmitigated disaster. Fitzpatrick has had a forgettable encore to his career season.

Nothing has worked.

Although the Jets general manager conceded that “we’re obviously disappointed by the season,” he still believes bringing back Fitzpatrick was the right call.

“Based on the season he had prior to this season… he was very instrumental in a lot of our success in the 10-6 season,” Maccagnan said in his annual state of the team session with reporters on Wednesday. “I have no regrets about bringing Ryan back. I think going into it, we felt very good about the season Ryan had previously. So I have no regrets from that standpoint.”

A year after Fitzpatrick threw for a franchise-record 31 touchdowns, he has a league-high 13 interception with a league-low 67.6 passer rating.

“Of course, I think everybody, and Ryan included, would probably say he holds himself to a fairly high standard,” Maccagnan said. “I’m sure there are aspects that he would like to… we all would like to have better success on the field as a team. But from the standpoint of bringing Ryan back, no, I don’t have regrets on that.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who eventually inked a 1-year, $12M deal to return, has been awful this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who eventually inked a 1-year, $12M deal to return, has been awful this season.

(Lynne Sladky/AP)

Fitzpatrick’s protracted contracted stalemate grabbed headlines throughout the offseason before he agreed to a 1-year, $12 million deal. Maccagnan declined to discuss whether he’d want to bring back the veteran signal caller, but that’s almost certainly not going to happen.

Fitzpatrick was benched last month before re-gaining his starting gig after Geno Smith suffered a season-ending torn ACL. He didn’t play last week ostensibly because of a MCL sprain that he suffered against the Dolphins two weeks ago.

Todd Bowles said that he won’t announce his starting quarterback for his team’s game against the Patriots until his players return from their bye week break next Monday. Bryce Petty made his first career start against the Rams.

Maccagnan said that the quarterback call will be “Todd’s decision,” but admitted, “I’d like to see what’s in the best interest of the organization both short and long term.”

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