Tag:Chan Gailey
Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:18 pm
 

The QB Situation In Buffalo

Think OTA’s and voluntary minicamps aren’t important? You’re not a Bills quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm are still competing for the starting job under center (which, in Buffalo, is also a competition for “first position to get sacked”). Head coach Chan Gailey said today that the team will enter training camp with the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks decided.

To cover his bases, Gailey said it would still be an “open competition” in training camp, just with a predetermined pecking order. (“Because if it happens that way, then you’ve got a leg up, Gailey said. “If you try to get everybody equal shots from the first day of camp then you probably get nobody ready, rather than getting three ready”.)

So who will it be? Let’s throw Brohm out of the equation – he’s not ready. The Bills managed just three points and 11 first downs in his lone start last season.

Both Edwards and Fitzpatrick struggle to stretch the field and maintain mechanics, especially behind a bad offensive line. While Fitzpatrick is clearly a backup, there’s a tendency to think that the 26-year-old Edwards can still develop into a quality passer. But injuries have been a problem, plus Edwards has never shown he can consistently attack a defense from the pocket.

Fitzpatrick is frantic in the pocket, but with Buffalo’s horrendous offensive line, franticness could be a plus. After all, the pressure the quarterbacks perceives will almost always be there. Fitzpatrick has iffy mechanics but the grittiness to flee a pass-rush and at least keep plays alive. Of course, Edwards, when healthy, has some escape-ability as well.

Choosing between these two quarterbacks feels a bit like being five years old and choosing between spinach and squash. Given that neither is a great fit, the Bills might as well go with the younger player (Edwards) just in case there is a miracle story waiting to be written.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Lynch returns to practice

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch participated in practice today for the first team this offseason, and after he was asked what had taken him so long to pull on a uniform, he told reporters he was having too delightful of a time not wearing pads. It’s not that Lynch – who might not be any higher than third on Buffalo’s depth chart behind Fred Jackson and first-round pick C.J. Spiller – wants to be traded. Nope, he was just chilling out.

"I was just enjoying, what they call it, the offseason,” said Lynch, who finally met with new coach Chan Gailey on Monday for the first time. “Kicked back at home, but still getting in the necessary work for me to come back and be able to produce.''

I guess, we’ll see about that last part. If Lynch even makes the 53-man roster, he might have a tough time convincing the coaches he should have the chance to produce.
 
--Josh Katzowitz

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