May 10, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) looks to throw a pass during rookie minicamp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills QB competition just getting started

With Ryan Fitzpatrick released during free agency, there was a sigh of relief that came over Buffalo.  We knew the Buffalo Bills and their new coaching staff was going to be drafting a QB.  The only question we had was who and where in the draft.

We now know all of this as well as the Bills bringing in Kevin Kolb to compete with Tarvaris Jackson who re-signed with the Bills.

Lets take a look at the QB who will be competing for the starting job.

E.J. Manuel came to Buffalo via the Draft from FSU.  During his career at FSU, Manuel was able to complete 600 of 897 passes for a total of 7,736 yards.  He had 47 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.  He was also able to do it on the ground game.  He ran 298 times for a total of 827 yards.  While his average was only 2.8 on the ground he was able to score 11 times with his feet. He has been compared to Bucs QB Josh Freeman, who is starting to come into his own.

Kevin Kolb came to Buffalo via free agency.  He came over from the Arizona Cardinals.  Kolb has been in the league since 2007. He was drafted by the Eagles in the 2nd round.  Over 6 years he has played in 32 games, 21 of those he has started.  He has completed 449 passes from 775 attempts for just over 5200 yards.  He has 28 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.  His QB rating is a 78.5.  On the ground, Kolb’s average is just a little better than Manuel’s at 3.3 yards per carry but on 69 carries with a total of 229 yards and only 2 TDs.

Tarvaris Jackson came to the Buffalo Bills from the Seattle Seahawks, while spending most of his career in Minnesota.  He was drafted in 2006 by the Vikings and was referred to as a right-handed Michael Vick.  He has played in 51 games and started 35 of those.  He has completed 625 passes from 1053 attempts for 7075 yards.  He has racked up 38 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.  He is the best on his feet from the other two having a 4.0 rushing average.  He has ran 153 times gaining 643 yards with 5 touchdowns.

Who’s the better QB for the Buffalo Bills.  Based on the numbers they all have something to prove.  Jackson and Kolb bring in the experience, I think Manuel is a better overall payer.  Do you take an inexperienced, raw QB over one that has experience but will only be average.  Can the Buffalo Bills live with the ups and downs of a rookie player, that may or may not come?  I think we can.  Based on stats, I would start Manuel at the beginning of the season, barring any injuries during training camp.


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  • NWBill

    If I were Marrone, my position on the QBs would be this: if, at the end of training camp, EJ had held his own against Kolb and Jackson, I would start him for the opener. If, though, he isn’t keeping up at that point – but is close to the other two, then I would start Kolb and rotate Manuel in for a few series a game. Jackson would be the injury backup; Manuel the developmental backup. Manuel’s the future QB; give him a few series a game during the season, watch his progress, and act accordingly. If the lights come on all at once for him, and he’s electrifying as Russell Wilson was last year – then, DUH! He becomes the MAN. If that doesn’t happen, cool – give him easy situations to ease into, and bring him along more slowly. Either way, the Bills win.

  • Ronnie Dickens

    I have not found Dennis Amo listed as coaching, at all, in the NFL. Why can’t you just wait and let the coaches choose the QB? You just quoted FSU college stats vs.Kolb’s NFL stats- there are worlds of difference between the speed and complexity of the two games. Kevin started last year 4-0, even beating the Patriots (which you are not used to), before a bad O line allowed a blind side hit to break ribs loose from his sternum. No one would work so hard to get back quick, like he did. He has money- he wants to play and win! Would you be so disappointed if Kolb started the year (and he will) and got the Bills winning? Why not just watch in silence, give these new coaches time to do their jobs and save your opinions when you actually know something?!!! You offer nothing constructive for your team, which I will bet you is very much improved with Kevin Kolb. Watch and wait, sports writer, you will be impressed.

  • Mr. B

    Funny how one second you said, ” Why can’t you just wait and let the coaches choose the QB?” . . . then the next you said, “Would you be so disappointed if Kolb started the year (and he will)” . . .

    Perhaps you should take your own advice.

    BTW, Kolb didn’t beat the Pats last year, Pats K Stephen Gostkowski — who missed the GWFG with 5 seconds left — did . . .