Ryan Fitzpatrick - The most improbable figure in NFL 2018
I was either going to be the MVP or be back on the bench”, famously said Ryan Fitzpatrick last September.
Although Ryan Fitzpatrick had for the most part played better than Winston since he started with the Buccaneers, because Winston was the overall No.1 pick in 2015 the Buccaneers were still giving him the chance to become the star quarterback they bet on when selecting him four years ago.
The conclusion was that Jameis Winston would be at starting lineup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which left Ryan Fitzpatrick the back up role. “I wish I could still be out there but that’s the way that it goes and I’ll accept my role.”, Ryan Fitzpatrick had philosophically commented.
Just for the pleasure let’s recap: we witnessed Ryan Fitzpatrick's first 400-yard game against the Saints in Week 1. Then Fitzmagic accomplished the second 400-yard outing the following week, this time against the Eagles. Then we applauded the history-making third 400-yard performance against the Steelers, and even if they didn't win the game, Ryan Fitzpatrick had one more over Jameis Winston.
On September 24th the Fitz magic was still going strong during the Buccaneers (2-1) game against the Steelers on Monday night ; Ryan Fitzpatrick set an NFL record with his third-straight 400-yard passing performance. No wonder everyone was harboring his signature red beard on and off the field.
But all that was before their game against the Bears on September 30th. As if foreshadowing the inevitable fall from grace, reporters and fans were wondering when the FitzMagic would evaporate and Jameis Winston would reclaim his throne. This week 4 defeat leaves the Buccaneers at 2-2 and Ryan Fitzpatricks future very uncertain.
In truth it was not all about Fitz because every Buccaneer who took the field against the Bears was not at its Sunday best. In the second half against the Bears Fitz could be found in sideline.
His rise and fall have been as abrupt as improbable. What comes next?
Get tickets to the next Tampa Bay Buccaneers game by checking out the NFL schedule. The roster of all upcoming games will perhaps show us Fitzmagic comeback.