If playing angry means Ryan Fitzpatrick will deliver more wins, Brandon Marshall is fine with it.
Asked during Monday’s conference call for his reaction after the quarterback called out Jets brass for losing faith in him and demoting him, Marshall said: “He seems [ticked] off. If this is the thing that helps us all play better, I’m for it. Say whatever you want to say. We need to win games.”
After replacing the injured Geno Smith in the second quarter of the Jets’ 24-16 win over the Ravens on Sunday, Fitzpatrick voiced frustration with management. “When the owner stops believing in you and the general manager stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself,” Fitzpatrick said.
The comments don’t bother Marshall, who stressed the inherent passion that comes with playing football. “We crush people when we show emotion,’’ he said. “And to me, this is the thing that makes our game special.”
Mangold, Carter hurting
Center Nick Mangold (sprained ankle) will be evaluated later this week. Linebacker Bruce Carter, who left in the second quarter, is day-to-day with a quadriceps injury.
QB questions for Browns
The Jets aren’t the only team with quarterback issues. The Browns aren’t sure which of their signal-callers will suit up Sunday. Rookie Cody Kessler, who has started the past five games, is in the league’s concussion protocol. Josh McCown (shoulder, collarbone) hasn’t been cleared to play yet.
Former Seahawks defensive tackle Brandin Bryant was signed to the practice squad.