“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.
After being released by the Cowboys in July and contemplating retirement, Orton signed with the Bills at the end of the preseason. He was named the starter over EJ Manuel in Week 5 and led the Bills to a 9-7 season. He threw for 3,018 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games.
"I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day," Orton said in a statement.
Orton, 32, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Bears in 2005. He spent three seasons in Chicago before he took over as the starter for four different teams. His 10-year career ends with a 59.5 completion percentage, 18,037 yards with 101 touchdowns and 69 interceptions in 87 games.
Orton connected with wide receiver Robert Woods for a 6-yard touchdown on the opening drive and was not asked to do much afterwards.
Orton, who finishes the year over 3,000 passing yards for the third time in his career, played 11 games for the Bills after they benched E.J. Manuel.
Orton threw 18 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions during the year.
Orton compiled 329 yards while completing 32 of 49 passes. He added three touchdowns and two interceptions in his team's 26-24 loss to the Raiders in Week 16. Orton struggled early on and at one point coach Doug Marrone had E.J. Manuel warming up during the game.
Buffalo is currently a 4 1/2-point underdog at New England. The line opened at 8 1/2 points.
What's crazy, though, is that 196 of those yards came in the second half. The Bills were trailing a winnable game with their playoff hopes on the line, and their desperation showed. Unfortunately, that desperation also contributed to the second of Orton's interceptions.
The Bills have been eliminated, so no matter how much they're trailing Week 17 at New England, they probably won't be quite as desperate. You can expect more typical numbers from Orton -- maybe about 250 yards with one or two scores -- even if the matchup appears to be a favorable one, making him a player better left for two-quarterback leagues.
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