New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles named Bryce Petty the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, barring injury, after he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick midway through Monday's 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Bowles said he planned to name Petty the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the year regardless of what happened Monday, adding that Fitzpatrick's ineffectiveness -- 5-for-12, 81 yards, no touchdowns and one interception -- in the loss to the Colts did not factor into the decision.
Petty completed 11 of 25 passes for 135 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions as he replaced Fitzpatrick for the second half, entering a 31-3 game.
He completed 2 of 6 passes on his first drive, threw an interception on his second and threw a 40-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson on his third. His final pass was an interception at the Jets' 22-yard line.
"I'm gonna work my ass off," Petty said, according to Newsday's Kimberley A. Martin, after the game when he found out he would be the starting quarterback.
Fitzpatrick said he didn't find out he wouldn't be the team's starting quarterback until after the game prior to talking to the media.
"I didn't get the job done ... I have to do as much to help [Petty] as I can," Fitzpatrick said.
Asked about his future with the Jets, Fitzpatrick said, "Looking at my situation, I don't really care about the big picture," according to NFL.com's Conor Orr.