A disappointing end for the New York Jets falling short against Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. It sting more on the Jet fans considering the opportunity to play in the postseason and defeating Rex, who coached the Jets last season. At the end of this season, there are problems to address on this team if they want to get better under Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan. Here are a couple of questions they need to answer.
1. Do you sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back to a long term deal?
Fitzpatrick playing this season had career high numbers. He threw for 3,905 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Although he had a bad last games against the Bills with three inceptions, he’s still the best quarterback they had since Chad Pennington. Not even in the Ryan era, did they have a good offense complementing a good defense.
The Jets were top 10 in offense for the first time since 1998. They had arguably the best wide receiver duo in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Both produced great numbers and Marshall changed the way they played offensively with his presence on the field. They combined for 26 touchdowns combined with an average running game.
The team went with the leadership skills displayed from Fitzpatrick. Since he knew Chan Gailey’s system, it was easy for him to know the right plays being called. The Jets have their rookie QB Bryce Petty learning from Fitzpatrick and sitting out for the season. They believe he can be a franchise quarterback for the future. They will look into other options at QB, but they may have already decided on bringing Fitzpatrick back for chemistry reasons.