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Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Josh McCown: Comparing the vagabond quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick greets Josh McCown after the Jets beat the Browns 31-28 last season. [Getty Images]

Ryan Fitzpatrick greets Josh McCown after the Jets beat the Browns 31-28 last season. [Getty Images]

When the Buccaneers host the Jets on Sunday, it won't be the first time Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown have gone head-to-head. In fact, this will be the third straight season they've played against each other. Fitzpatrick's Jets got the better of McCown's Browns both times.

Okay, so it's not Brady vs. Manning. It's more like beige vs. khaki. Really.

See whether you can tell the difference.

Josh McPatrick or Ryan Fitzcown?

Their career stats are virtually indistinguishable.

Quarterback A Quarterback B
Win percentage 0.401 0.319
Completion percentage 59.8 60.4
Touchdown percentage 4.3 3.8
Interception percentage 3.4 3.2
Yards per attempt 6.7 6.8
Quarterback rating 79.9 80.2

(Answer: Quarterback A is Fitzpatrick, B is McCown)

How'd we get here?

Fitzpatrick and McCown have been all over the map. They've called 13 NFL cities home but haven't stayed anywhere longer than four seasons. Their former teams haven't missed them, but they haven't exactly been better off, either.

Fitzpatrick:

Team Seasons Who he replaced Who replaced him
St. Louis 2005-2006 Marc Bulger Marc Bulger
Cincinnati 2007-2008 Carson Palmer Carson Palmer
Buffalo 2009-2012 Trent Edwards EJ Manuel
Tennessee 2013 Jake Locker Jake Locker
Houston 2014 Matt Schaub Brian Hoyer
N.Y. Jets 2015-2016 Geno Smith Josh McCown
Tampa Bay 2017 Jameis Winston

McCown:

Team Seasons Who he replaced Who replaced him
Arizona 2002-2005 Jeff Blake (2003), Kurt Warner (2005) Shaun King (2004), Kurt Warner (2005)
Detroit 2006 Did not attempt a pass.
Oakland 2007 Daunte Culpepper JaMarcus Russell
Carolina 2008-2009 Jake Delhomme Jake Delhomme
Played in United Football League in 2010.
Chicago 2011-2013 Jay Cutler Jay Cutler
Tampa Bay 2014 Mike Glennon Jameis Winston
Cleveland 2015-2016 Connor Shaw Austin Davis
N.Y. Jets 2017 Ryan Fitzpatrick

They're not eating Ws

The 20 lowest win percentages among active quarterbacks (minimum 16 games started):

Player Win%
Blaine Gabbert 0.225
Brandon Weeden 0.240
Mike Glennon 0.273
Colt McCoy 0.280
Terrelle Pryor 0.300
Blake Bortles 0.302
Josh McCown 0.319
EJ Manuel 0.333
Chad Henne 0.340
Kellen Clemens 0.381
Geno Smith 0.400
Ryan Fitzpatrick 0.401
Jameis Winston 0.425
Derek Anderson 0.426
Sam Bradford 0.431
Brian Hoyer 0.432
Case Keenum 0.433
Matt Cassel 0.444
Matthew Stafford 0.470
Marcus Mariota 0.471

Contact Thomas Bassinger at tbassinger@tampabay.com. Follow @tometrics.

Sunday

vs. Jets, 1, Raymond James Stadium

TV/radio: CBS; 97.9-FM

Line/OU: Jets by 2½; 43½

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Josh McCown: Comparing the vagabond quarterbacks 11/10/17 [Last modified: Sunday, November 12, 2017 11:44am]
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