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Another quarterback sent to the bench

Posted on: September 20, 2010 3:49 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 4:05 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

Add Trent Edwards to the growing list of benched quarterbacks. The Bills have announced the Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start in Week 3 against the Patriots. Edwards has just 241 yards passing in Buffalo's two losses this season. His passer rating is 58.3. The Bills have scored only 17 total points. Need we say more? T. Edwards (US Presswire)

Like with the Panthers and Jimmy Clausen, it’s somewhat curious that the Bills would make this decision public knowledge so early in the week. The Patriots will now spend their time preparing for Fitzpatrick when they could have been wasting their time preparing for Edwards. But the Bills, at least, won’t spend their time denying rumors and dealing with a controversy these next few days.


Though both ineffective, Edwards and Fitzpatrick bring different characteristics to the table. Edwards is a more traditional pocket passer; Fitzpatrick is more improvisational. The Bills’ offensive line is bad, so having a quarterback with the mobility to elude a pass-rush is critical. Fitzpatrick provides the mobility needed to buy time, but he lacks the dynamic athleticism to be a playmaker. His greatest attribute is moxie, which is never a good sign.

Part of the reason Fitzpatrick focuses on eluding the rush is because he doesn’t have a strong enough arm to make throws downfield with bodies around him. That said, he’s at least willing to attempt those throws downfield. Edwards has been maddeningly cautious these first two weeks, settling for dumpoff passes the way Dancing with the Stars settles for B-list celebrities. Even in a desperate come-from-behind effort at the end of the Miami game, Edwards still didn’t look to stretch the field.

If Bills fans had a vote, they’d probably elect Brian Brohm to start. They can hold out hope. Knowing what we know about Fitzpatrick (who started multiple games in 2010), it wouldn’t be a surprise if Chan Gailey makes more quarterback changes this season.

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