FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Ryan Fitzpatrick still isn’t here and Todd Bowles is finally tired of talking about him.
The Jets coach finally reached his breaking point on the final day of mandatory minicamp when pressed for specifics on his quarterback depth chart.
“With all due respect, I’m through talking about Fitz. I’m going to worry about the guys I have on the team,” Bowles said Thursday, when asked if Geno Smith will be the No. 2 if Fitzpatrick return. “I think I’ve expressed and said everything about the quarterback that I’m going to say at this standpoint. And till I get to training camp and see what happens, I’m pretty much done talking about it.”
On Wednesday, he acknowledged that the organization has talked about signing a veteran quarterback if Fitzpatrick doesn’t return. The coach also said that, at some point, the Jets might have to consider an alternative starter if there’s no change in Fitzpatrick’s status.
“But we’re not at that point yet,” Bowles said on Day 2 of minicamp. “If there comes a point, we get to Week 4 of training camp and he’s not here, you know who your starter’s going to be Week 1. That’s pretty extreme, but that’s how it is.”