After throwing six interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Chiefs Sunday afternoon, Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrickplaced the blame on himself.
“I’ll take it, I’ll put it on me,” he said. “I didn’t play well. When I don’t play well like I did today, then we’re going to have a hard time winning football games. That’s just the nature of the NFL and the nature of being a quarterback. I have to forget about this one and move on and show up next week.”
One week after torching the Bills with 374 passing yards in a 37-31 win, Fitzpatrick was victimized by a career-high six interceptions in Kansas City. Fitzpatrick never found his mark Sunday, completing only 45% of his passes. Chiefs CB Marcus Peters had a pair of picks and veteran LB Derrick Johnson put the game away with a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final quarter.
The visitors ended up going 0-of-4 in the red zone as both S Eric Berry and Peters collected end zone picks in the third and fourth quarters.
“It’s tough. Football is a humbling game,” Fitzpatrick said. “Every single week is a different week no matter the opponent, no matter how good you’re feeling. I went out there and didn’t play well obviously, which is an understatement. To me it was the two interceptions down in the red zone that were really tough just in terms of trying to get some momentum back, trying to get back into the game and not being able to capitalize on those.”
A final trip inside the red zone resulted in a D.J. White interception. Fitzpatrick, in his 12th season, still yearns for the fight. He’ll get back to work Monday with his teammates, correct the mistakes and start his preparation for the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’ve had some tough games before,” Fitzpatrick said. “What I’ve been able to do is put it behind me and move on. You can write whatever you want about me or say whatever you want about me, but I’m going to be always out there fighting. I threw six interceptions today, but the game was lost so the last few interceptions I’m out there trying to make plays. I’m not going to sit here dwell on that. I made some mistakes in the red zone, I made a mistake on the first third-down interception. After that, I want to be the guy that guys looks to, I want to continue to fight out there and make sure everybody believes in me.”