How the Oakland Raiders can limit Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Shave the Bear…..Force Tight Throws

Although Fitzpatrick’s beard could be containing a majority of the “FitzMagic”, shaving it off probably isn’t the easiest thing the Raiders defense can do in four quarters of play. What Oakland can do is force Fitzpatrick to throw the ball into tight windows.

Over the course of the 2015 season, Fitzpatrick has shown a lot of trust in his outside receivers in one on one situations, as he often is seen throwing to Marshall in tight coverage nearly anywhere on the field. Fortunately for Fitzpatrick, Marshall has been able to come away with the football more often than not, but his level of trust has also put the ball in costly situations at a remarkably high rate.

Bleacher Report writer Cian Fahey touched on the subject shortly after his game against the Washington Redskins in Week 6.

With that being said, Oakland must take advantage of Fitzpatrick’s poor decisions by putting themselves in a close enough position to actually make a play on those interceptable balls rather than letting Marshall dominate in every one on one situation. While it is an uphill battle in terms of stopping Marshall from being Marshall against the talent Oakland has in the secondary, if the Raiders can force an accurate throw from Fitzpatrick on a consistent basis more incompletions and hopefully interceptions will occur.

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