ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey wasted no time in trying to find a spark to his anemic offense by announcing Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Trent Edwards as the team's starting quarterback.
Gailey announced the move after team meetings on Monday, a day after the offense showed no signs of life for a second straight week in a 34-7 loss at Green Bay. In opening the season with consecutive losses, the Bills have yet to top 200 yards of offense in either game. They were held to just 186 against the Packers.
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Edwards has been inefficient and blamed for the team's poor passing attack. He went 11 of 18 for 102 yards and two interceptions against the Packers. In two games, he has gone a combined 29 of 42 for 241 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked four times against Green Bay.
"He's going to take over the reins to see where it takes us," Gailey said of Fitzpatrick.
In noting that Edwards doesn't deserve to take all the blame, Gailey added he felt the move was necessary in order to provide a spark.
The move comes as the Bills prepare to play at AFC East rival New England, where they've not won since the 2000 season.
For Edwards, this marks the second time he's lost the starting job to Fitzpatrick in consecutive seasons after being benched midway through last year.
The Bills finished with a 6-10 record, and Fitzpatrick went 5-4 in games he had a majority of the playing time. Though he doesn't have as strong of an arm as Edwards, Fitzpatrick is regarded to be more decisive in the pocket.
"I'm excited for the opportunity," Fitzpatrick said. "And it's obvious we have a lot of work to do."
Fitzpatrick, in his second season with Buffalo, has played in 28 career NFL games with the Rams, Bengals and Bills. He was St. Louis' seventh-round pick in 2005 out of Harvard.
Edwards, entering his fourth season, had a solid preseason in which he reclaimed the starting job by winning a three-way competition against Fitzpatrick and third-stringer Brian Brohm.
The offense has been a disappointment under Gailey, who was hired in January in part because of his reputation for being an offensive innovator.