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Just show him the money, Buffalo

Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 2:16 pm
The Buffalo Bills passed on quarterback in this year's draft because they said they had a conviction in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now, they're proving it.

Reports indicate the Fitzpatrick is on the verge of a six-year, $59 million deal that will net him $24 million in guaranteed money and $33 million in the first three years. I'd say that's proof of their conviction. Apparently,the Bills believe Fitzpatrick is the guy to lead them to the playoffs, and they demonstrated it by making him a wealthy man.

I just wonder why they were in such a rush. I mean, the guy has been a backup most of his career, then broke into the starting lineup off and on the past two years after Trent Edwards fizzled. Now, six games into the season we've seen enough to believe he's a franchise quarterback? Geez, I don't know. I mean, he's 12-15 as a starter with Buffalo, including 4-2 this season.

Nevertheless, the Bills stand by their man. Maybe it's because they haven't had someone solidify this position since Drew Bledsoe left, but I'd be careful: Edwards was 5-1in 2008, then he and the Bills went on a downward spiral.

But there's a belief in Fitzpatrick there wasn't in Edwards, and here's hoping the Bills know what they're doing. That's a lot of money to spend on a hunch.

Nevertheless, I give GM Buddy Nix and the Buffalo front office the benefit of the doubt. They passed on quarterbacks in the draft, and, so far, they look like geniuses.

Now we see if they invest like ones.

Category: NFL

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:41 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

As for the Jets. i agree with you. His style does work, but only short term, and even shorter if it doesn't get you there quickly. He is a blow hard and that is fine in the locker room, but not on national television or to reporters. Believe it or not, every player is not a punch you in the face type pf guy, and may not respond to the tactics. As long as it works then it seems cool, but when it doesn't you find out how many of those guys there are. I think they don't really appreciate their coach putting a bullseye on their back every week.

On defense it works better because  many of those guys ARE punch you in the face guys. His father was the same way. Even after winning a SB the tactics wore thin and he wsa gone. I would rather have hin than his brother, but not by much. 

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:33 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

And of course there are the exceptions in guys like Dilfer that have the perfect scenario to win in spite of their lack of ability at QB. But that is the exception. I think Brad Johnson was a lot better than most give him credit for and was also more than a guy who just didn't lose it for his team. He didn't have the cannon, but he had everything else and was extremely accurate. Your point is well taken. Football is a team sport and your pieces must compliment each other to win it all. If they do well enough then you can win, but the fact remains that one great QB can make up for several less than talented players or injury.

You are right about the Favre thing though. I understand why they did it. They thought that they were one player away and went for it, but he was not the Favre of old and not good enough to make up for the team disruption bringing him there caused, though almost all the players outwardly were excited to get him. Tough deal you guys have going up there right now. At least it took you less time to bench Mcnabb than it did us, and you gave up much less to get him. I think yo uwill get it turned around, though like us, I am not sure your QB is on the roster yet. I doubt your team moves out of the area but for sure something is going to happen.  

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:31 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

now i'm not saying Fitz is brady or aaron rodgers or tony romo (maybe romo then :) ).....................but allow me to retort.................first, brady and romo were backups...........remember.....if not ask bledsoe......rodgers knew he'd start when favre finall (and finally) fake retired.

the guy has played well, he's smart, and can deliver the deep my bills, finally found a qb that can do all that stuff, decided to reward him , and now get criticized.......

the problem with the bills is that they draft well, and became an nfl farm team.....see antoine winfield, nate clements, jason peters, and   donte whitner.....they have been really cheap recently and lost on peters for example for a measly 500 K difference.......

the problem is that they draft well, fill that spot, don't resign them past the rookie contract and then have to fill that exact position again in the next draft......hence, not being a competitive team.....

they may also draft the same position twice......see mcgahee and lynch..........spiller not so much because nobody saw freddie doing what he's doing.......keep it going freddie.

so now we have a qb, move on and fill those other voids to keep us at least in the playoff group for a few long as we finish ahead of those jets with their idiotic coach.........does anyone else think the problem with the jets is ryan and NOT the team?      

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:22 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

The Bills are making a statement to the rest of the NFL. You DONT need a big flashy franchise QB.
Really? The statement I think they are making is that they think Fitzpatrick IS a franchise QB. You absolutely do need a guy that at times can put the team on their shoulders and will them down the field for the 4th quarter score. He can do that because he is far from simply a game manager. You do need somone smart that knows when to put it in their pocket, but that falls just as much on the guy calling the plays and coaching them in team meetings. There are only so many Mannings, Rodgers and Brees around, and they don't win every game either, so of course you can do it without a top 3 QB, but when you play one fo those guys you are the underdog, unless he does have to be able to make plays and not just "manage the game", This guy can do this I think.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:16 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

He doesn't have to be. The thing people fail to realize, is that a QB doesn't have to be a superstar to win a superbowl. Brad Johnson wasn't. Trent Dilfer wasn't. All he has to do is be efficient ENOUGH to keep from losing the game for his team.

Awesome statement. 100% agree. The NFL has inflated the QB to the point that fans wont even go to a game unless there is a flashy QB, with the exception of Baltimore. I'm not sure who knows what happened here in MN before Favre got here, but here was the 2nd ranked D and top ranked running game with the best RB and a team that made the playoffs in 2008, and they couldn't sell tickets because fans hated T-Jack. So they got Favre. Wrecked the franchise, and now is looking like they will be moving. thanks fans and NFL for making people HATE real championshp caliber football.

Through victory our chains are broken, sith master... patience and cunning will bring us victory.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:13 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

One thing to also remember is that per the new agreements the teams have to spend close to the cap. So if they can't lure FA to go there then the guys that are there must get a raise soon. To do this I think teams will slot salaries to positions, especially the speed positions and QB. Personally I have always liked him and I think the salary is not out of line. Plus if he finished out the year as strong as he started it, he may just get a chance to play somwhere warmer and for more money like Washington or Miami.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:10 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

I love this. The Bills are making a statement to the rest of the NFL. You DONT need a big flashy franchise QB. You need someone to manage the game and not screw up leads. How many division or conference titles has vick won? how many times has Rodgers won the up and down NFC north? Buffalo is showing that they believe in the old school philosophy of football: the QB does not need to be the best player on the field, just the smartest. He manages the game and keeps them competitive, nothing more, nothing less. That is how you build perennial contenders, as we are learning from the colts, and will learn from the Saints and Packers when Brees and Rodgers go down with injury, is that putting all the weight on the QB is NOT a good idea. Balance the team, make your QB not screw up and lose, not force them to win the game for you. Thank You, Buffalo, for taking a stand against the big flashy QBs who are making football look like a one man sport.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:22 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

Being from Buffalo i agree his contract (which he did receive officially now) might be too soon to commit to for that length of time. However he has been "part" of a team that is turning things around, but due to injuries that are piling up, will finish around 500 and miss the playoffs once again this year. I like Fitz but I do not believe he is the long term QB that is needed to win championships, he cannot take up the slack for injuries on the offensive line such as a Michael Vick, Big Ben, Aaron Rodgers, or Peyton Manning who have proven this in their careers already. The money isn't a lot compared to what a prime QB makes but if they think he is the answer for a team looking for a chance at the playoffs or more the Bills better hope the rest of the team stays healthy. Your good Fitz but you don't have the shoulders to carry a team. Hope you prove me wrong.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:20 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

Judge .. you are acting like they threw the bank at him.. for a starting QB this is a marginal pay at best. it shows their fans theyre committed to turning things around in buffalo and sparks a buzz in the locker room. 9M a yr is a bargain and thats at its fullest. A team that spent how many years where their season was over before the first players ever arrived at camp.. this is a solid statement and allows financial freedom at other positions. I dont see the validity in your article at all. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:21 am

Just show him the money, Buffalo

He doesn't have to be. The thing people fail to realize, is that a QB doesn't have to be a superstar to win a superbowl. Brad Johnson wasn't. Trent Dilfer wasn't. All he has to do is be efficient ENOUGH to keep from losing the game for his team.
It's very difficult to win an SB that way, most of those teams could barely make the playoffs most years.  Meanwhile if you look at the guys that have won SBs for the past 20 years, it's been mostly superstar.  You pretty much pointed out the fluke once in a decade occurrences that simply show a possibility.  If you're an NFL team though, you want to increase your probability as much as you reasonably can.

If the Ravens had gotten a competent QB, maybe they'd have made the playoffs again and won an SB after that lone win.  Instead they cut Trent Dilfer and then I don't think they really did much of anything for awhile.  Billick wound up getting fired, and they eventually drafted Joe Flacco, who happens to also suck, possibly as bad as Dilfer and Boller.

If the Jets and Ravens had Fitzpatrick, I think one of the two may have hoisted the Vince Lombardi the past two seasons.  Their QB play however is atrocious, and they just lose at some point. 

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