It's the same old quarterback for the same old Jets.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets starting quarterback, Todd Bowles announced on Monday, and he indicated it wasn't even a difficult decision. It doesn't matter to the Jets coach that Fitzpatrick is almost certainly not coming back next season, nor does it apparently matter to him that the 3-8 Jets have nothing left to play for this year.
Fitzpatrick, Bowles said, gives the Jets the best chance to win and Bowles still thinks that's important. So at least for now, the future -- and Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg -- will have to wait.
"As a coach you weight trying to win ball games first," Bowles said on Monday. "There'll be a time and place for those guys to play. It just won't be next week."
At this point, it's a decision that's hard to justify. The Jets will likely be eliminated from playoff contention this weekend, and that's really only a formality at this point. Their future is much more important than their current lost season, and Bowles still has no idea who his future quarterback is.
At some point, Bowles said, he wants to get a look at younger players. According to a team source, that does include Petty. It's almost certain that Petty will get a couple of starts before the end of the season.
So why not now?
"We're trying to win," Bowles said. "It's not about Bryce and it's not about Fitz. It's about trying to win ball games."
That's so short-sighted and such a bad decision that GM Mike Maccagnan and owner Woody Johnson really should step in and order Bowles to reverse it. Winning is completely irrelevant right now. Beating the Colts on Monday night would mean nothing. It actually would help the Jets' future -- in terms of draft position -- if they lost.
And if winning is important, wouldn't it mean much more if they won behind someone who could be their quarterback of the future? The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick won't be back next season. Petty and Hackenberg will be on the 2017 roster. The more experience they get between now and then, the better that team will have a chance to be.
Bowles, though, insisted he wasn't thinking at all about next season. "Not at this point, no," he said. "We're just trying to win ball games to get everybody better."
Still, he admitted he is curious to see his young players. But for some reason, he said, just not yet.
"There's curiosity for all the young guys that are backing up right now," Bowles said, "but that doesn't mean I'm going to start them all right now. There's a time and place for that.
"There's a lot of guys I want to see in games who are not ready to play yet."
So when will they be ready to play? Bowles remained, as always, noncommittal. He said "We have a timetable for certain guys I want to see at different positions. When that time comes I'll make those decisions."
The quarterback position, though, should be different. It's the most difficult to learn, and the one where players need the most experience. Bowles said Petty "got a lot of experience (in his one start) against the Rams" and "he'll get more experience as time goes on. Just not right now."
The 25-year-old Petty needed to build on that Rams game, though, not spend the next few weeks standing on the sidelines. Maybe Petty is the quarterback of the future for the Jets, or maybe he isn't. But there's only one way to find out.
Playing Fitzpatrick another game won't answer that question. And despite Bowles' desire to win, it really won't do much for the Jets at all.