Inside The Bills

Chan on Fitz’s future

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2010 – 1:15 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked if he could imagine Ryan Fitzpatrick not being his starter at quarterback next year. Here was his response.

“Today, no,” said Gailey. “There’s no way I can envision that.”

For the Bills organization it would appear like that represents a shift in thinking in terms of addressing the quarterback position in next spring’s draft. But Gailey said to think any differently right now would be foolish.

“To be honest with you that’d be kind of dumb to not think that the way the guy has played,” said Gailey. :He’s played extremely well. How would you not think that?”

Since Week 3 when Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the starting lineup, only one NFL quarterback has more touchdown passes than Fitz, and that’s Drew Brees. Brees has 19 touchdowns passes in that span, and Fitz is second with 18.

When asked specifically if his envisioning Fitzpatrick as his starting QB in 2011 means a shift in position priority in the draft on the heels of Mr. Wilson’s recent comments that quarterback was a top priority, Gailey made it clear that the media was looking too far ahead.

“Don’t read anything into it,” said Gailey. “The guy is playing extremely well. I’m not even thinking about next year. I’m thinking about Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s all I’m thinking about. You all are getting way ahead of this thing now.”

Regardless of what variables change the Bills future at the quarterback position, Gailey’s comments reflect positively on Fitzpatrick’s chances to be the incumbent starter in 2011.

Fitzpatrick is under contract through the 2011 season, and one thing that is certain is Fitz has earned Gailey’s trust and confidence.

“Hey I don’t give anything away,” said Gailey. “Guys earn it. He’s earned it.”

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