"I think this league has proven that when you have a great quarterback, you almost -- it's rare that you don't go to the playoffs with a great quarterback," Ryan said. "So obviously that's a priority and not just for our team, but any team in this league. But it's a lot easier said than done.
"It would be nice to get somebody like that. I'm not saying that we have that situation right now. I'm excited about EJ Manuel, though, I'll tell you that much. He's a young man that has some potential. We'll see how that pans out."
Ryan also acknowledged the team's meeting with free-agent quarterback
"We did bring Josh in," Ryan said. "So obviously there's some interest there on our part. We wanted to bring him in, just to get to know this young man and also for him to get to know us. I'm excited about our coaching staff, and I think that's probably the best selling point that I have right now, along with the players that we have. Obviously, we got an outstanding group of players, too, that I like to show off to a lot of guys."
Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only two quarterbacks on the Bills' roster.
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When asked about who his starting quarterback would be in 2015,
"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."
The Bills have former first-round pick
"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.
"I'm not going to get into specifics. but I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits," Roman said. "We just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater. Really, he and everybody else, once we get thru this evaluation process, we're going to have a very clean slate, once we get going because what they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask them to do. So to sit here and pontificate about this that and the other, is a little premature."
Manuel is 6-8 as a starter over two NFL seasons. The 2013 first-round pick has a career 58.6 completion rate. He has passed for 2,810 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 games (14 starts).
Ryan has said he is excited to work with current quarterback
"Will we explore possible veteran free agents or draft picks out there? Absolutely," Ryan said. "We're going to explore everything to add competition because that makes your whole team better."
Manuel was benched after four starts in 2014 in favor of now retired Kyle Orton. He threw for 838 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
“I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills have been to the playoffs,” he said. “Get ready. We’re going. We are going.”
Ryan stopped short of guaranteeing a Super Bowl, saying, “I’ll guarantee the pursuit of it.”
He said his message to the team was simple: “We’re going to be playing games in January and so forth – start preparing that way.”
Ryan professed to be “not concerned at all” about his quarterback situation. Though he did not commit to
The Bills went 9-7 this season, then coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract.
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