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Chan on Fitz’s future

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2012 – 2:58 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked if Buffalo’s season and performance on offense doesn’t improve could it have an impact on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s status as the team’s starting quarterback. Here was Gailey’s response.

“I think we’ve always said we’re looking to develop a quarterback for the future, but I don’t think it’s the near future,” said Gailey. “I think we’re talking about Fitz being the guy for us, and as we continue to get better, I think he’s going to be the guy.  I see us being able to be very productive as an offense with Fitz at quarterback.  I’ve always said that, and I believe that.”

When asked why he believes that Gailey followed up.

“I’ve seen him play extremely well,” he said. “When you’ve seen a guy do it, then you have confidence in him.  If you’ve never seen him do it, then you probably would have made a change somewhere else down the line already.  We all saw what he can do, when everything’s hitting on all cylinders.  So that’s why I have confidence, because I’ve seen him do it.”

Fitzpatrick was asked the same question about his hold on the starter’s job if his performance doesn’t improve down the stretch.

“Yeah, I mean especially as a quarterback, it’s all about production, it’s all about wins, and that’s the number one important thing,” said Fitzpatrick. “That’s something that each week I’ve got to go out there and help the team in any way that I can in getting these wins.  That’s a big part of it for me.  That’s something that’s weighed on me, it’s weighed on me all year long in terms of not being able to do it, not being able to be successful as we wanted to be.  I’ve got no choice but to go out there and try to continue to put together successful plays and successful drives and win games.”


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