After two abysmal performances in two weeks, it looks as if Trent Edwards appears to be out of chances in Buffalo. Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the starting QB for week 3 and for the foreseeable future, as Chan Gailey continues to look for a “spark” for this dormant offense.
Edwards appears to be joining J.P. Losman in failed QBs of the future for the Bills. Since Jim Kelly has left Buffalo, the Bills’ hope for franchise QBs have also included Todd Collins and Rob Johnson. The only time the Bills have had any success since Kelly left have been when they rescued Doug Flutie from the CFL, and when they pulled off a blockbuster trade for Drew Bledsoe. Both of these guys were established quarterbacks who didn’t need to be taught the position. It begins to make one wonder if the problem is with the quarterbacks or with the Bills.
One has to wonder if what the Bills have been trying to do has been conducive to grooming a star QB in the league. Either way there has to be a question of what the Bills are trying to accomplish. Are they poor evaluators of what makes a quality starting quarterback? Have they had inept coaches, unable to properly position young QBs to have a chance at success? Has the franchise’s inability to find or retain quality offensive lineman resulted in situations that have been impossible to overcome?
If you believe one or all of the previous paragraph are true, it is a frustrating feeling for a Bills’ fan to endure. The best case scenario would seem to be bottoming out this season, securing a top five pick in next season’s draft, and obtaining the right guy to become the Bills’ next Jim Kelly. Even if that happens it would likely mean another three year wait while the QB matures and the Bills put better pieces around him.
While you can’t fault anyone for benching Edwards, who has been pretty consistently awful for the last season plus, it’s just another reminder for a frustrated fan base that they have no reason to ‘billieve’ things will get better anytime soon.