Fitzpatrick Will Battle His History

November 7th, 2018

The Bucs must finish this season on a 6-2 run to have any shot at the playoffs.

So has starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ever gone on a 6-2 run?

Back in 2015, Fitzpatrick’s good season turned great when, yes, he went on a late-season, 6-2 run quarterbacking the Jets. That wrapped up the week before he tossed three interceptions in the season finale and the Jets lost to Buffalo by five points, and their playoff hopes.

But here’s the down side, as it relates to fans of the 2018 Bucs. Five of those six victories by Fitzpatrick came against teams with losing records. The Bucs likely will play four teams with winning records in their remaining eight games.

Those 2015 New York Jets also had the No. 4-ranked defense in the NFL and Fitzpatrick was a beneficiary of their strong play. In fact, during that 6-2 run, Fitz and his offense only scored more than 30 points once. He also had a 1,000-yard rusher in his backfield.

The Bucs have one of the worst defenses in history and a struggling rushing attack.

Joe’s not taking anything away from Fitzpatrick, just illustrating how he’ll have to have the absolute run of his life to make the Bucs relevant in late December.

Dirk Koetter, Fitzpatrick and the Bucs need an absolute football miracle.

29 Responses to “Fitzpatrick Will Battle His History”

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    Nice touch Joe … STILL dreaming playoffs I see. That’s the way; keep hope alive (but don’t forget to flush the toilet when you leave).

  2. SteveK Says:

    Go Bucs! Let’s go in a run here and make things interesting.

  3. BucTooth Says:

    Gentleman you can dream and wish apon a star all you want in the last remaining eight games but it’s over you know it i know it. So lets just use a old Willie Nelson song from way back when to describe the current Bucs mess we have and it’s Turn Out The Lights The Party’s Over.

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Playoffs? Playoffs? Did somebody say Playoffs?

  5. Buc believer Says:

    Yeah we stand about as much chance of making the playoffs as we do the spoiled rotten Glazer baby boys donating to charity ALL the profits of ALL the business ventures that daddy Malcolm left behind to these snotty nose know nothings.

  6. OneBuc55 Says:

    If Fitzpatrick can’t win the Washington game…I think it’s time to put “The Infamous Jameis Winston” back under center…

    Like it or not Winston will be here at least one more year… I think the reps that he lost during training camp, preseason, and the first three games really have a lot to do with his slow start…

    Personally, the last thing I want to do is let a 24 year old quarterback who has done a lot of good things on the field, but is struggling with consistency and the occasional bonehead play walk… Only to drag another rookie quarterback into this dumpster fire we call a NFL franchise…

  7. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    @OneBuc55 I agree, Koetter playing Fitz this game Looks like he has given up on Jameis though. If you can’t win with either one I would still play Jameis to try and get his rhythm back with the offense and see what you have going into next year. My only conclusion about Koetter staying with Fitz is that Jameis is still not listening to Keotter and improvising too much or they not want him to get injured or they are on the hook for $20 mill. but just my opinion.

  8. RustyRhinos Says:

    Why don’t we just not show up for all the remaining games. It is obvious that the “fans” know we will lose every game. I bet we would have the #1 pick in the draft then. We could get whoever the “best” player is available that way. Right?

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    OneBuc55- We can’t keep using the excuse that he’s “24 years old”. This is his 4th year in the SAME offense, and with better weapons.
    Fitz is in because Koetter thinks he gives us a better chance to win. If we don’t win, Koetter will be the next guy out the door. Whether that’s a good decision remains to be seen.

  10. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs don’t have a playoff team

    No where near a playoff team

  11. K_Bassuka Says:

    This loser needs to be cut, just like all others that won’t be part of this team next year.

  12. German Buc Says:

    The difference is Fitz has nothing to loose so can play fearless. INT? Sh*t, let’s try this throw again in the next series.

    Jameis has little to win (‘With this weapons everyone could play QB’, ‘He’s a #1 pick’) and a lot (21m $) to loose. So he is full of angst – and it was on display in Cinci. Unfortunately!

    Washington is a must win for Fitz and the team – and this was not a good sign during Koetter’s regime.

  13. LJ'sDaddy Says:

    Playoffs? This is completely insane crazy talk.

  14. miken Says:

    I think the next 3games line up as wins. If that happens, then lets see.

  15. Duke Silver Says:

    We wouldn’t be in this position if :
    #1 We had a respectable defense
    #2 JW does not get suspended

  16. The Real Malloy Says:

    I’m still hoping we can pull off a run and atleast give us fans a little hope.

    That being said, Will Greir 2019!!

  17. JimmyT Says:

    That game Sunday was like the Falcons game except the two picks by Jameis DID NOT result in an easy TD yet now everyone finally realizes it’s the defense. I don’t understand why FITZ is starting? It makes no sense. So the BUCS will allow a 24 year old to go elsewhere instead of bringing in a real coaching staff that will have a running game and a better defense? That’s just great so FITZ loses Sunday and the. Everyone quits and then they put Jameis back in

  18. DayOnePaul Says:

    What are these playoffs you speak of?

  19. Bird Says:

    Ha. I’m blocked

  20. Bird Says:

    You guys are the worst. I really mean that. Goodbye. It just sucks cause other website don’t have as many articles. Brother and other friends couldn’t take the love affair. I guess I have reach that point too

    Keep leading your Jameis cult.
    This article is not about Jameis. It’s about asking and answering the question, can Ryan Fitzpatrick go 6-2? Joe likes Fitz and will be cheering for him on Sunday.–Joe
    I guess I am a hater but it’s specifically cause of your love affair and coverage of one player who makes mistake after mistake on and off the field yet he is your smoopie

  21. Anonymous Says:

    @Bird, you promised you were leaving last week.
    We were all really looking forward to it!
    Now you are promising, again. Yay!

  22. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs play in the NFC South

    The strongest division in the NFL
    The division with 3 MVP QB
    Three returning playoff teams

    3 teams with a combined 20 turnovers

    This is the Bucs biggest problem
    These 3 teams

    In any other division
    They may have a chance

    These teams has to falter….bigtime
    And the Bucs has to play near perfect football
    Those are slim chances

  23. Bird Says:

    Then Why did you block the post about Jameis stats 75 tds and 67 turnovers.

    And say fitz playing garbage teams getting lucky winning record when Jameis has faced 3 of the worst defense this year in the league. Atlanta , bengals and browns are at bottom 3 of 5.

    Browns the worst where he threw 4 picks.

  24. D1 Says:


    I agree, the “Winston is only 24yrs old” line, is ridiculous. Time to move on to “He’s only 25”

  25. Bucsfanman Says:

    D1- Well played sir! LOL!

  26. Bird Says:


    What’s real poster name? Don’t be scared
    Yah. I’ll give you your wish. Taking a little break from aka let me manhandle your manluggage Jameis . Com

    Bo knows football
    Bo knows baseball

    Joe knows quarterbacks.

    Honestly after joes love affair with Johnny manziel and then Jameis , I think the owners should reach out to this website next time they are searching for a qb; and ask the joes which qb they like

    So they can go with the other guy. Pretty simple to me

  27. Bird Says:


    Hey sorry but I am going to the redskins game after all this year and saints and Carolina ; but maybe next year you can get those tickets . Take it easy and go Bucs !

  28. Cobraboy Says:

    Unfortunately, Fitzpatrick does not play defense.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs should be able to get points versus the Redskins who rode their cupcake NFC East schedule to a top defensive ranking until playing the Falcons.

    One note on the God awful defense, but aren’t they dramatically better at home compared to on the road?

    Let’s look at the schedule to confirm that notion…

    Gave up 21 to Nick Foles.
    Gave up 23 to the Steelers (not counting Fitz’s INT for TD)
    Gave up 23 to a rookie QB

    So they’re what, nearly 10 points a game better at home than on the road? So they got that going for them.

    Then again they played well versus Nick Foles and a rookie QB, and if anyone plays fantasy they know how bad Big Ben has been on the road for years now.

    So who knows, I guess we split the difference and say the Bucs defense gives up 28.

    The Bucs average 28.0 points per game in games that Fitz starts.

    Also, a FYI, the Bucs average 29.6 points per game in games that Winston starts.