Statistics let us remove emotional stimuli and focus on the hard truth of what happens. But we need to place statistics into their environment to gain context and understand what’s really happening. Fitzpatrick having 60% accuracy doesn’t tell you any real information, but 60% accuracy throwing against man coverage gives you something to work with. That’s the purpose of this season-long project.
Let’s get this out of the way, these numbers aren’t completely objective. There’s a lot of subjectivity involved with interceptables, drops, single vs full reads, and even what the coverage faced is. This is still a subjective analysis. It’s just adding numbers to that subjective analysis.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s playing terribly. We’re at the point where any defense that could’ve been used for him is melting away. Good decision making, being able to read defenses, situational football; whatever you’ve heard is definitely not on display on the field.
On the Jets first drive, Fitzpatrick had an opportunity to get seven easy points he chose not to take. The Seahawks show a cover-3 look where the bottom half is in press man while the top shows an ambiguous coverage. Fitzpatrick immediately stares down the center of the field and should know he has two deep routes stretching the safety. He should also notice that the left side has gone into zone. In fact, his first read should be the two deep routes. Instead, as soon as he recognizes the zone coverage he checks down to Enunwa. This should be a touchdown, instead it’s only 10 yards.
That drive turns into only 3 points.