The struggling New York Jets are making a change at quarterback according to the NFL Network.
Former starter Geno Smith will be under center for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was pulled in the second half of the Jets' 28-3 loss at Arizona on Monday night and replaced by Smith.
Fitzpatrick has an NFL-leading 11 interceptions, and Smith added one of his own in mop-up duty against the Cardinals. Head Coach Todd Bowles said in his postgame news conference that the Jets would stick with Fitzpatrick for Sunday's game against Baltimore. He reportedly changed his mind on Tuesday.
But many fans and media wondered if it might be time to look toward the future and see what Bryce Petty, a fourth-rounder last year, or rookie Christian Hackenberg, a second-rounder, can do with the Jets off to a 1-5 start.
Fitzpatrick was re-signed to a one-year, $12 million deal on the eve of training camp, a move most Jets players celebrated after the veteran quarterback set a franchise record with 31 touchdown passes and led New York to a 10-6 record and within a win of a playoff spot.
But Fitzpatrick has had a rough go of it this season, including a six-interception performance at Kansas City on Sept. 25.
Meanwhile, Smith has tried to stay patient, but he told an ESPN reporter before the game Monday night that he was getting "antsy" while being stuck on the sideline as the team struggles.
And at 1-5, Bowles knows that New York's postseason prospects are growing slimmer with each loss.
"They're not finished, but they don't look bright, that's for sure," Bowles said. "We're just trying to win a ballgame. We've got to take it a week at a time. We're not even discussing playoffs. We haven't discussed playoffs since the season began, actually. We've got to have a quick turnaround and we've got to play better."
With the Associated Press