Washington’s Ryan Fitzpatrick Could Set Disappointing New Record This Season

Published 05/23/2021, 10:49 AM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) attempts a pass against the New York Jets during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team next season. After a strong stint in Miami last season, where he served as the back-up for young rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Fitzpatrick showed that he can still contribute as a veteran quarterback in the league.

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Fitzpatrick will be the starter in Washington and will be hoping to lead Washington further in the playoffs than they did last season.

However, as good as he has been, Ryan Fitzpatrick could set a record this season. And it isn’t one that he’d be particularly proud of.

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Fitzpatrick could become the first player to lose to 31 teams in the NFL this season. Fitzpatrick has lost to 28 teams in his career so far.

And from the four teams that he hasn’t lost to (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers), three of them are on Washington Football Team’s schedule.

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Fitzpatrick will want to avoid losing to these teams this season. However, they are some of the strongest in the league this season. Therefore, Fitzpatrick will have to play some of the best football in his career. But Fitzpatrick’s larger focus will be on his team.

Washington made a strong effort last season reaching the playoffs from the NFC East. But they ran into eventual Super Bowl winners Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were able to dispatch of them with relative ease.

Ryan Fitzpatrick looking to make his mark this season

For Fitzpatrick, this stint in Washington is the best opportunity to show that he can be a starter on a good team in the NFL. His last few years in the league have been difficult, where he has accepted a secondary role for teams.

However, if he can lead the Washington Football Team to the Playoffs next season, and get them past the wildcard round, then he will have vindicated himself.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates with wide receiver Isaiah Ford (84) after the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Ryan Fitzpatrick be a success as the starting quarterback in Washington? He has his work cut out for him, especially given how competitive the NFC will be this season.

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But if Fitzpatrick can provide his young teammates with the right kind of service, then he will stand a strong chance to lead this team to the Playoffs.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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