Fitzpatrick has the hot hand and the Bucs need to keep him in place
Ryan Fitzpatrick came to the NFL after breaking every record a quarterback ever held at Harvard University. Since he entered the NFL 14 years ago he has been a journeyman quarterback who has looking for a chance to shine.
Fitzpatrick is a system type quarterback and it sure seems like after two games the Bucs offensive system fits the Ivy League signal caller just fine. The 2-0 Bucs are playing better than any other Tampa Bay team has in years.
So here we are just where some people felt that we might be with just one game left before the suspension against Jameis Winston becomes eligible to return to the team. Where does Winston fit in now that Fitzpatrick clearly runs the Bucs offense better than anyone ever felt that it could be run..
Will Fitzpatrick keep the starting job after Winston’s suspension ends, or does Winston just get the job back? The Bucs hosted the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener and in a 27-21 win Fitzpatrick was not only good he was record breaking good.
His four 50-plus yard touchdown throws tied him with Joe Namath (1972) for the most through a team’s first two games in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He also became the first quarterback in Bucs history to throw four touchdowns in consecutive games, and the first to have multiple 75-yard passing touchdowns in a single game.
Next week the Bucs will take on the suddenly beatable Pittsburgh Steelers in a big home showdown at Raymond James Stadium with just a week before Winston is due back. The Steelers will come to Tampa with a defense that has had a great deal of problems stopping either Cleveland and Kansas City.
While nothing is certain there seems to a very good chance that Tampa Bay stands 3-0 with Fitzpatrick in control. At this point Tampa Bay needs to play with the hot hand and that means Fitzpatrick and it doesn’t take a degree from Harvard to figure that out.