Rookie, EJ Manual, and six year veteran, Kevin Kolb, learn Doug Marone's new system, while battling for the starting quarterback job (Photo courtesy of the Buffalo News)

The Fight for Bills starting QB

Many draft experts were surprised to see former Florida State quarterback, E.J. Manuel, drafted at number 16.  Some may be surprised that Kevin Kolb didn’t pan out with stints in Philadelphia and Arizona.  In Buffalo, no matter which of these two win the Bill’s starting quarterback job, it shouldn’t be a surprise either way.

Manuel’s raw athletic talent, his rocket arm, and his drill performance in bad weather conditions were enough to convince head coach, Doug Marone, and the Bill’s front office.  I sang his praises the night Manuel was drafted, despite multiple counts of criticism from other NFL draft experts.

Kolb was thought to be the heir apparent to replace Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia.  In the 2010 season, injuries got the best of Kolb; who only started 5 games throwing for just under 1,200 yards with 7 touchdown and 7 picks.  There was still belief that Kolb could be a franchise quarterback.  Apparently the Arizona Cardinals thought so, when they traded Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the former Houston Cougar quarterback.  The injuries continued in Arizona; starting 9 games in 2011, and only 5 last season.

It’s now a fresh start for Kolb, and the beginning of a career for Manuel.  Yes, Manuel is competing with a quarterback who has 6 year’s of NFL experience.  Yes, Kolb is competing with a raw but athletically gifted quarterback.  These two may very well be even, due to the fact that both QB’s are learning Marone’s new offensive system.

Just as both quarterback look to get a leg up on one another, both are also needing to focus on learning the offense the Bills will use this season.  Due to Kolb’s experience, I would expect him to earn the starting job, but young E.J. Manuel will be hot on his tail.  If Kolb earns the starting job, but his own history repeats itself, it will likely be Manuel’s time to shine.  Regardless of who wins the starting job, the only thing that matters to me is which of these two will win football games.

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  • davidmuscalo

    Unfortunately, neither will win many football games. What the Bills need is an NFL-quality quarterback. Since we don’t have on we will suffer through another 6 and 10 season or worse.

  • chas territo

    Here we go, the down beaters, naysayers, complainers, the pessimists or any other frigging label of the bad mouthers need to dismiss them before true fans can enjoy These “New Buffalo Bills!” We have “NEW” personnel top to bottom and that is not enough to change Band wagoners opinions. We had a very outstanding draft, still not enough for these low brow bandwagoners. We have a new and positive approach to all the camps, still not enough. Our new Head Coach, OC and DC are employing speed in all aspects of the game, still not enough. True fans, the loyal and well informed fans know how these “new” styles of implementation will change games late, 4th quarter late, to wins for our Buffalo Bills. Yet, still… these bandwagoners, no change, but i know as well as all true fans know, these idiots, when wins start to grow will be back saying, crap like i knew all along, i believed from day 1, etc., etc. BUT, WE, The TRUE Fan will know the phony from the real, diehard supporters like myself! GO BILLS!!