I commented earlier I hope Buddy's stance will stop some of the whining about the QB position, and I've been called out for that. With some merit, to be honest. Here's what I think happened. Buddy knows he wants to have a "franchise" QB before he gives the reins to Whaley. But whether we agree or not (and the vast majority don't, me included) Chan and Buddy felt Fitz could be that guy after the big strt last year. So I think that has driven most of his thinking, and he now realizes that it ain't going to be Fitz. That plus his philosophy about building from inside out (which I agree with), and that some of the guys everyone now says he should have drafted haven't really shown themselves to be "franchise" QBs, leaves us where we are: Buddy telling us it's his #1 priority.
And if you look at guys we could have realistically gotten, only one guy, Dalton,to me will be a guy that's around a while. Maybe WIlson, Kaepernick it's too early, Luck and Griffin we were never in play for, and others like Foles, Mallett, Weedon, etc, etc there's either no data at all on or so limited data that no one knows if they'll be a player in the league yet.
The Bills haven't beaten a team that has a winning record this season. Its far from clear that "the foundation" is in place. Its literally impossible to have missed the playoffs more than 3 out of 3 seasons with Nix/Gailey. So I am not at all sure why getting a good QB to develop for those years would have "set the franchise back". The reality seems to be that the Bills plan to draft someone at QB, not to play next year, and try to sell the fans on the idea that Fitz is helping "
groom" the new QB. (BTW does anyone think Alex Smith gave a rats *** about grooming CK). The the following season we will be told how we need to be patient with a QB as a first year starter.
2011 - Smart posters warned everyone else, Fitzpatrick was a waste of a year. Now we all know.
2012 - Smart posters warned everyone else another season of Gailey was a waste of a year. Now we all know
2013 - Smart posters are warning everyone else another year of brandon/nix is a waste of a year. Next year we will all know.
My adopt-a-Bill is Marcel Dareus.
This front office is far from giving up on Fitz....had TJ run the right pattern against the Pats, and the defense stood its ground against a pedestrian Titans offense, this team is 7-5 at this point. You do not give up on a guy who is a play or two away of putting your team in playoff contention, especially considering the horrific defense of the first seven games. To throw a rookie in the fire would only set this team back. The playoffs are a very real possibility in 2013. This front office knows it, and they will play it smart and stick with Fitz.
Nix has come here to rebuild the Bills. Like he's paraphrased before, "you can't build Rome in a day." I'm sure he said those exact words. Anyway, he set out to build up the D and O line, and has done so effectively. This is the first time in a long time the Bills have had a good D and O line. Hell, it's the first time since the 90's that we've had a solid line at all...and it's only going to improve.
Nix has been doing everything right so far. People don't realize that a team like this takes years to rebuild. There's so much time involved with coaching players and drafting the right ones at the right times.
Adopt a Bill 2012: Mario Williams
^Yeah, I'm calling him now lol
If they don't get a bona fide WR to pair with Stevie, it will be the 3rd year that I have been touting their weakness, their achilles heel. Each year the need for such has always hit clueless Chan in the butt. I surely hope that Buddy finally realizes the need. Better WRs would make Fitz a better backup QB.
My hunch is the Bills will take a QB in the first. Its time for them to get their QB. Remeber Jim Kelly was taken right where the Bills will pick. In fact they drafted a tight end before Jim Kelly in the first round that year. They can surely get a franchise QB around the 12th pick. They clearly like the mobile strong armed guys. THat's why I think Geno might be their guy. We shall see.
I have been thinking since Gailey got here that Dwayne Bowe is their guy once he become available. Could you imagine Bowe with Stevie, Spiller, FJ, and Chandler. A rookie QB would be set up just fine.
What would you be doing if nothing were impossible...
honestly, I will believe it when I see it. They have said all the same things before, with when it comes to QB, there is ALWAYS some reason why it didn't work out
Any solid prospect will have plenty of interested teams, and the Bills do not seem to very creative or willing to pay the price to get their guy in the draft... look where Locker was drafted, NOBODY expected that. You cannot just sit back and expect a good prospect to drop to the 2nd round just because that's where you "graded him."
If you want the guy, make sure you get him.
Yes I'm back. You're welcome.
I, at least, am very much in the nature&nurture camp on quarterbacks. While it is true that some quarterbacks are simply so good out-of-the-box they're virtually fated to succeed, and some so bad that they're doomed to implode, I think most fall in the middle. If David Carr had had the benefit of a league-average offensive line instead of one of the worst offensive lines ever, could he have succeeded? Maybe, but, either way, he probably wouldn't suffer from the quarterbacking equivalent of PTSD. If you can land some one like Luck or RG3, you're probably set, but, realistically, you probably aren't going to get the opportunity. You're going to end up with a guy that needs to do a lot of learning and a lot of growing, and he's not going to do it if he has no one to throw to and has three seconds to throw when he's learning how to read NFL defenses. It's a recipe for failure.
Marrone and Manuel. Let us hope M&M are the long-awaited heralds of a new era.
Until OBD gets a QB that can make a difference nothing else matters. Fans were promised by Ralph himself when Trent was released that Nix would get us a guy and sadly 3 seasons later we still have DJs backup. I will lose complete hope on Nix if something big doesn't happen this off season with the QBs.
A new era of hope begins. Go Bills