Geno Smith started in place of Fitzpatrick for the first time this season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but Smith injured his knee, which forced Fitzpatrick back onto the field. The 12-year veteran responded by going 9-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions in a 24-16 win.
After the game, Fitzpatrick talked about his performance, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY:
Fitzpatrick also offered another assessment, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
The signal-caller's most important revelation was what would happen if he were the Jets coach, per Mehta:
"I know Fitz and I know what he means," Jets head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday. "I have no problem with him venting his frustrations."
Bowles also spoke on Fitzpatrick's plans to play angry, via Eric Allen of the Jets' official site:
Fitzpatrick entered the game with five touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 63.4 quarterback rating, which ranked last among qualified players, according to ESPN. New York had also lost five of its first six games, including the last four in a row.
So, the coaching staff turned to Smith, who last started in 2014, when he compiled a 3-10 record. However, Bowles confirmed Smith tore his ACL against Baltimore, ending his season, with the team turning back to Fitzpatrick against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.