At the NFL fall meetings in Houston on Wednesday, Jets owner Woody Johnson says it was coach Todd Bowles' decision and he is ''behind the coach 100 percent.''
The struggling Jets (1-5) have lost four straight games and Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown an NFL-leading 11 interceptions and just five touchdown passes during a brutal start.
After the Jets lost 28-3 at Arizona on Monday night, Bowles said Fitzpatrick would remain the starter. But he backtracked from those comments Tuesday, saying it's always ''status quo'' right after games and he wanted to discuss things with his staff and general manager Mike Maccagnan on Tuesday night. Bowles then decided to bench Fitzpatrick and go with Smith.
AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in Houston contributed.
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