— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2018
It was fun while it lasted ladies and gentlemen. How’s the saying go? Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. So I’m choosing to ignore the mediocre 126 passing yards and 1 INT Sunday and instead remembering the combined 819 yards and 8 TD’s week 1 and 2 along with the man oozing machismo that put every guy with a lady on the hot seat.
Why was I happy to see Fitzpatrick play so well in 2018? No we weren’t roommates or legacy’s at the same frat at Harvard. We both didn’t ace the Wonderlic together. We both didn’t…you get the idea. I’d had seen a LITE version of the 2018 Fitzmagic about a decade earlier, which is why I was happy to see him slinging the pigskin and lighting up the scoreboard. It goes back to 2008 when he was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals and replaced an injured Carson Palmer for a majority of the season. In his first outing as a Bengal he lead the team in passing (not surprising) and rushing (considering Cedric Benson was our RB that’s kind of surprising).
But much like 40-50% of married couples in the United States it wasn’t meant to be and Fitzpatrick signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2009. You didn’t hear much from Fitzpatrick with the exception of a record setting 2015 campaign with the Jets. If you’re re-reading that last sentence wondering if this is some “two truth’s and a lie” bullshit, it isn’t. Fitzpatrick threw for 3,905 passing yards 31 TD’s and 15 INT’s breaking Vinny Testaverde’s franchise record from 1998. Breaking a record is breaking a record, whether it’s for a joke of a franchise like the Jets or a dynasty like the Patriots it’s still impressive.
Let the record show I think Fitzmagic will make a resurgence by week 10. Winston just doesn’t have the skills to compete and I think the Bucs turn to Fitzmagic for some mid season mojo to compete for a playoff spot (most likely Wild Card spot) in a competitive NFC South.
Also how can you root for Winston? He sucks. The evidence is right in front of us.
Congratulations Jameis you’ve done the impossible. Most pregame speeches are supposed to make you want to run through a wall, this one made me want to run into a wall head first. To no one’s surprise they to the Saints after this speech.