Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'I'm the right man for the job'

The Jets have lost four of their last five games -- the most recent a 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans. Despite their recent offensive woes, Todd Bowles is sticking with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.

The starting signal-caller is adamant that he's the best man for the job.

"I'm the right man for the job," Fitzpatrick said in a conference call on Monday per the team's official site. "I think, fortunately and unfortunately, I've got a lot of experience in playing for teams that have been in this situation where we lost a few games and we've got to stay the course, we've got to right the ship, and we've got to do all of that stuff.

"I think at this point in my career I've learned a ton, and all of the different situations that I've been in, I have no problem shouldering any blame that gets thrown my way and all the blame I deserve and don't deserve."

Fitzpatrick, who finished the Jets' Week 11 tilt against the Texans by going 19 of 39 with 216 yards, blames himself for the team's lack of production on offense.

"I haven't played well the last few games," he said. "It's not an easy game. You've just got to continue to prepare in the film room, continue to prepare running the game plan and doing everything on the practice field and hope that it translates. But that's the only way I know how to fix things is to continue to work hard and ignore the outside noise."

After back-to-back losses, the 5-5 Jets will attempt to right the ship against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Fitzpatrick says one thing has been noticeably absent from the team's recent outings -- confidence.

"I think confidence is a lot of it," he said. "You know, just getting some sort of swagger back and all that is going to come through preparation and working hard at practice. It's just going to start clicking in games. We've just got to get that confidence back."

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