As if on cue, the Patriots will host the 0-2 Buffalo Bills this week, in what would appear to be an almost certain TKO on the Bills’ season. The Bills’ lack of success against the Patriots has been well documented this week, and the QB change has not exactly inspired new confidence in Western New York.
This early season stretch of schedule has been devastating to a team that had some hopes of being an upstart young team following a productive preseason. It has resulted in the benching of the starting QB and the prized draft pick. The scary part is that nobody can figure out the Bills’ weaknesses like Bill Belichick.
I will go on record as saying that I think Trent Edwards is a better QB than Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, with Trent unable to shake his gun shyness ever since OT Jason Peters left, I can not fault Chan Gailey for making the switch. Fans saw last season that, though he’s not the most accurate thrower, Fitzpatrick has proven to be more willing to stand behind the hodge podge Bills line and take shots downfield. I’m not sure what is tougher to watch, Edwards refusing to throw downfield, or Fitzpatrick skipping passes to open receivers. I think at this point, Fitzpatrick is probably better for this team as currently constituted, though that may be based solely on the fact that he couldn’t be much worse.
While the Bills have a history of being one of the few teams in NFL history to have rallied from 0-3 to make the playoffs, spurred by a change at the QB position no less, this team is not built for this season. You just have to wonder at what point Bills’ fans stop waiting for a turnaround this season, and at what point they start looking for the Bills to improve their 2011 draft position.