FitzMagic Believes he’s the ‘Perfect Man’ to Help Lead Young Dolphins Through Rebuild
When Ryan Fitzpatrick joined the Dolphins earlier this year, he was just thankful for an opportunity to start. And although it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, the 36-year old QB continues to show the world why he was given the nickname #FitzMagic.
Last week, Fitzpatrick was brought in late in the third quarter to try and spark Miami’s offense-and that’s exactly what he did. His impressive performance earned him the starting QB spot for Miami’s Week 7 match-up vs Buffalo. And the man known as #FitzMagic, didn’t disappoint.
Fitzpatrick looked sharp on Sunday, completing 21/31 for 282 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. It wasn’t a perfect game but the offense looked light years ahead of what we’ve become accustomed to throughout the first five games of the season.
— josh houtz (@houtz) October 20, 2019
That’s what he said
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get the win. But Brian Flores liked what he saw from Fitzpatrick so much, that he named him the team’s starting QB for Monday Night’s game vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I thought he played well. I thought he moved the ball well offensively. I thought he made some good throws. I thought he got out of some trouble. They got a good pass rush, he got out of trouble a couple times and made some plays for us. We got to continue to build and get better, and finish a game. We gotta finish the game.”
When asked if Fitzpatrick did enough to warrant the start Monday at Pittsburgh, Flores kept things short and sweet.
“I mean, yeah, he played well. So, yes, he did.”
The Dolphins will take on the 2-4 Pittsburgh Steelers in Northwest Pennsylvania next Monday Night. And if there was ever a game the Dolphins should be invested in winning, it’s this one. After all, the Steelers traded their first-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. The more games Pittsburgh loses, the better the draft pick.
So is it possible for the win-less Dolphins to overcome all odds and defeat the superior Steelers’ on prime time? Ryan Fitzpatrick was asked what he could do to help turn an 0-6 team around, much like he did a previous 0-8 team.
“Well, and I said this at the beginning, I think I’m the perfect man for the job, because I’ve been through it, I have zero ego, and all I want to do is go out there and win. I want to bring an energy. I want what I’m doing out there to be infectious to other guys. We have a lot of young guys that haven’t really played much at this level, and we have some guys that are a year or two into it. But I want to be that ‘stable guy’ that they can look to when things get a little shaky, and I’ve been in this situation a lot before. It’s something that I embrace. I’ve had a different career than a lot of different quarterbacks, but this has been a career that I’ve loved and a position that I like being in.”
In #FitzMagic We Trust
Josh Houtz (@houtz) is a die-hard fan of the Miami Dolphins, and believes in #FitzMagi