The Buffalo Bills didn’t have a lot of fun in the 2012 NFL season when they went 6-10 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. Fitzpatrick threw 505 passes, but completed just 60.6 percent of them for 3,400 yards and 24 touchdowns. However, he also threw 16 interceptions and was sacked a whopping 30 times. Now Fitzpatrick is gone, though, and the Bills are looking to get better production from their quarterback.
They brought in Tarvaris Jackson and Kevin Kolb this off-season and spent their first round draft pick on E.J. Manuel, seeing if any of those guys will be able to fill the not-so-big shoes that Fitzpatrick is leaving behind. The trouble is that none of those guys are really that qualified or able to be able to do that.
Starting with Jackson, he’s only played one full season as a starting quarterback, 2011 with the Seattle Seahawks. In that season he completed just 60.2 percent of his passes for just 3,091 yards. He also threw just 14 touchdown passes to 13 interceptions. Jackson does provide some ability to run if he has space as he has averaged four yards per carry on 159 career carries, but he’s never really shown the ability to effectively lead a team.
Next there’s Kolb, who was absolutely atrocious in 2012 with the Arizona Cardinals. For starters, he lost the starting job in the preseason to John Skelton. Then, in his six starts he completed just 59.6 percent of his passes for only 1,169 yards, though he did throw eight touchdowns to just three INTs. Once again, though, he’s never really shown the ability to be a reliable starting quarterback.
Then they have the rookie, Manuel. Manuel came out earlier this week and said that the Bills playbook was easier to learn than the one he used in college, but then reports later came out that the coaching staff said he still had a long way to go to be an effective starting quarterback. Granted, it is just OTAs, but that’s not exactly a vote of confidence.
It really doesn’t matter which way the Bills end up leaning in terms of their starting quarterback; none of the quarterbacks on their roster have ever shown any signs of being able to effectively lead an NFL team. Though one of them could surprise them, Bills fans should expect more frustration from their team’s quarterbacks.