Inside The Bills

Drafting a QB an improving possibility

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2009 – 10:48 pm

Even though interim head coach Perry Fewell stated on Wednesday that the starting quarterback will be a week to week situation, his naming of Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter this week with Trent Edwards healthy is a strong indication that the window on Edwards opportunity to be the long term starter at quarterback for the Bills has closed.

When something like this happens to a starting QB in the NFL, it’s almost like the point of no return. That’s why despite Fewell’s assertion that it’s a week to week deal, I’m wondering if it’s just a way for Fewell to keep his options open in the event that Fitzpatrick fares no better.

If Edwards gets back in the lineup it’s doubtful he’ll be able to do enough to convince Buffalo’s front office that he’s still capable of being the answer at QB. He’s had 30 NFL starts in his career and is 14-16. He’s had trouble taking the next step in his second season as a starter and third in the league, and admitted as much earlier this week.

“At times I feel like it has,” said Edwards when asked if his game has taken a step back this year. “When you lose games it doesn’t feel like you’re progressing the way you need to. There are things that I feel like I’ve grown at and things I feel I definitely haven’t done well and need to change here.”

Whether Edwards gets that opportunity to change is completely up in the air. If Fitzpatrick is remotely consistent in leading the Bills offense this week, it’s safe to assume he’ll remain the starter moving forward, meaning Edwards will not get the chance to improve on his shortcomings.

He has one year remaining on his contract in Buffalo, but with the way things are going the likelihood that the Bills draft a quarterback high next April is improving every day.

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