Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the Jets' Week 7 game against the Ravens with an NFL-high 11 interceptions.
He also entered the game with a firm spot on the bench. Fitzpatrick, who was engaged in a tenuous contract debate in the offseason, was benched after the team's ugly 26-3 loss to the Cardinals in Week 6.
But on Sunday, Fitzpatrick came to the rescue after Geno Smith left the game in with a knee injury, immediately driving the ball down the field for a touchdown.
Fitzpatrick finished 9-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown in the Jets' 24-16 win.
But following the game, Fitzpatrick let it be known that his Week 6 performance was because he believed in himself because the organization and coaching staff didn't.
"The biggest thing in this game, in order to last, is to have belief in yourself," Fitzpatrick said, following the win. "Because when the owner stops believing in you, the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. So, that's kind of something I've had to deal with before, something I'm dealing with now."
When asked if he felt like coach Jeff Bowles, general manager Mike Maccagnan and owner Woody Johnson did not believe in him, Fitzpatrick was blunt. "Yeah, when you get put on the bench," he said, "I think that's the reason why."
The Jets, now 2-5, face the winless Browns in Week 8, and with Smith's status still uncertain, so too is Fitzpatrick's place under center.
"I don't know what decision they're going to make or what Geno's health is going to be like," he said.
"But, yeah, I think I should start every week."