I can't believe how ridiculous this argument has gotten considering how long our playoff drought currently is. I'm seeing posters on this board who have been trashing the crap out of Fitz for 3 years saying they don't want to draft a QB in the 1st round when we could possibly have our pick of the litter from this class... or at least one of the top 2 or 3. As someone who's likely been labelled as a Fitz lover over the last few years, I'm flabbergasted.
You posters are the same ones who often talk about not going to games you would have otherwise gone to or not renewing season tickets or this or that or blah blah blah. You do realize that Buddy knows he has to sell tickets this year, right? Sure, we just renewed a lease... awesome! I love that... really do! But do you think that makes it safe for Buddy and Co to just give this team a 3-year rebuild to work towards the playoffs? Seriously?
Yes, OBD has released some of our beloved players: Barnett, Wilson, Nelson, D. Jones to name a few. But honestly, other than Nelson, which of those players can't we upgrade? We're not in full-blown rebuild just because we cut 2 aging players and 2 UFAs, one of who barely earned any roster spot and one of whom is coming off a serious injury.
We'll probably cut more. So what? Why does that mean it's "rebuild" in whatever negative light you want to call it. Expectations will still be playoffs. Nix and Marrone are currently freeing up Cap Space to target the Free Agents they want and resign whatever guys on our roster they want to be sure we keep.
We have a team here. We have a great backfield, a potentially great DL, a young, but talented secondary, a couple raw LBs who might flourish in another system, a solid young OL, and a solid #1 WR with a bunch of raw talent around him.
Which brings us to the crux of this argument. WE WON'T WIN WITHOUT A QB!!!! I wanted Fitz to be that guy. He's not. T-Jax is just Fitz in different skin (pun intended). Soooo... Brad Smith? .... Seriously, we need a QB. Reports are that Alex Smith was traded to KC, so the #1 FA QB is out the window. Matt Moore is a VERY minor upgrade from what we have, if at all. I don't see Nix and Co relying on any other individual FA QB to come in and make a major impact.
So that leaves us with this "weak QB draft class." Whatever. I've argued til I've been blue in the face that this is or is not a weak class. The fact is that fans know what they'll get in Fitz. Most fans, I think, know what T-Jax brings... nothing more than a lateral movement from Fitz, though Tarvaris was used to being surrounded consistently by pretty good teams in Minn and Seattle... so I might argue that Fitz would flourish more considering what he's used to. Nix and Co. know that this team needs to draft a brand new guy at the Face of the Franchise position. And he knows that he'll likely have to be ready to start day 1, or at least at some point during this season, after all, how will he and Marrone expect to sell tickets if we're 3-8 heading into the last quarter of the season with 2 or 3 home games left if they can't give fans a glimpse of the future?
This is not an argument of BPA. I think posters on this board know crap and many of the "experts" on this board refer to only know what NFL GMs and scouts tell them that's not a lie or (sick of this word) a "smokescreen," which isn't a lot. I loved how Kiper put one QB in his 1st round mock. Stir the pot Mel, stir the pot.
The fact is that the Bills need to sell tickets. We have some of the cheapest ones in the league so sell-outs are that much more important. Buddy knows this. And this is why we will draft a QB almost CERTAINLY in rounds 1 or 2, but no later than round 3.
*Again, the whole post above is moot if we go out and get a guy like Matt Flynn, who I actually want pretty badly.