It was a tough ending for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills in 2011. Can 2012 be better? (Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE)

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Bills Weren't Ready to Be Successful in 2011

In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick suggested that the Bills were simply not prepared to handle their excellent start to the 2011 season.

“I guess we weren’t ready for it yet. We weren’t ready to be able to accept the fact that we were playing well and playing as the team that was on the top (of the AFC East).”

I suppose there’s some truth to that: after all, this team hasn’t been successful in over a decade. Sometimes when you’ve been a losing team, it’s hard to believe you’ll ever be a winning team. Even when things are going well, you’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop and things to go back to “normal.”

Fitzpatrick was confident the Bills are moving in the right direction though. “This is a team that I think is going to get better and better. We have some stability, just in terms of the coaches are there, with the systems in place for another year, and we’ve got a lot of the same players, so we’re hoping that that stability really helps us.”

OF course Fitzpatrick has to say that, but you know what? He’s right. We’ll talk about this a lot this offseason, but I’m more excited about the upcoming Bills season than I’ve been in quite some time. The team has had two years in the system to gel. The schedule is very manageable. Take a look at the list of Bills free agents. There’s only one true impact player the Bills stand to lose: Stevie Johnson. There’s enough talent here to win now.

It should be a  very exciting offseason, and I can’t wait for September 2012.

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