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  • This wasn't just a me-first declarationRyan Fitzpatrick made Sunday afternoon. It was me-first, last, always-and-forever ...only.But can you blame him?MORE: Jets still owe Genofair chances The Jets led an aging career mediocrity to believe he was a franchise Mel Blount Jersey quarterback pursued him, coddled him, re-arranged their offseason for him, threw money at him, then left him in to take snap after snap even as he dragged their season to the ocean floor.Fitzpatricks outburst reeked of unearned entitlement. It sent off the stench of selfishne s that ought to make him an outcast in every locker room in the NFL from here on out, and make him red meat for every talking head in every medium around the league.Whether it will or not remains to be seen. For various reasons, in some corners, hes getting support for this toxic stunt. A sort of convoluted, Well, his comments are not technically incorrect"line of argument.Fitzpatrick hasnt earned the benefit of the doubt on this but lets never forget that hes the NFL all-time leader in benefits of the doubt.On the day the Jets broke a four-game losing streak, held on for a home win before a crowd of near-mutinous fansand did it with their new/old starter,Geno Smith, on the sidelines in pain from a first-half injury Fitzpatrick, the veteran leader, wailed, What about meeeee?"And he used franchise loyalty as his vehicle: When the owner stops believing in James Conner Jersey you, and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself."PHOTOS: Defining images of Week 7 Ryan Fitzpatrick (Getty Images) Last offseason proved that not only did the Jets owner, general manager and coaches believe in him above and beyond every other quarterback on their roster including, you know, Geno Smith they all believed in him more than any other team did. Hes got 12 million examples of how much they believed.Yet somewhere along the way, Fitzpatrick somehow confused guaranteed contract"with guaranteed playing time."He somehow thought he was immune to the fact that his snaps are earned, and that hed be judged by his play just like everybody else.Fitzpatrick earned that benching, fair and square.FANTASY: Must-have waiver wire pickups for Week 8 Thats more that can be said for howSmith earned his, by the way. Of all people, Fitzpatrick should be aware of that and he should be self-aware enoughnot to i sue proclamations about loyalty and belief from your team anywhere in Smiths vicinity.The Jets stopped believing in you? Smith is the dean of the College of Not Believing in You. There is no legend of Fitz without the legend of The Punch, the one that dislodged Smith from the starting job last summer and slammed the door on him ever regaining it, except in an emergency.An emergency like Joe Greene Jersey , oh, Fitzpatrick inevitably reverting to the walking turnover hed been his entire career.Smith never whined anything like Fitzpatrick did, exactly one game after losing his job. He never stood amongst his teammates after a win and said, Hey, hey, Im over here."Fitzpatrick tried to hide his entitlement behind some kind of le son about self-confidence. One can only hope the other players in that locker room and around the league saw through it.Probably not, though, because the Jets players have shown that they believe Fitzpatrick Hines Ward Jersey can do no wrong, and didn't much care how Smith felt about it.They may not care at this moment. Who knows they might rally around the backstabber and take the backup for granted again.MORE: Smith keeps Joe Namath in check Its why they deserve to be where they are now, the players and the whole organization.That includes Fitzpatrick, who has a surprisingly poor understanding of what he deserves and what he doesnt.