Jul 28, 2013; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) passing the ball in a scrimmage during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Is EJ Manuel the second coming of Jim Kelly for the Buffalo Bills

Is EJ Manuel the second coming of Jim Kelly for the Buffalo Bills.

Well, before we get too excited here, let’s make sure that we are comparing apples to apples when we are comparing his performance and Kevin Kolb’s.
Coach Marrone has consistently made a habit of letting the press know that Kolb is seeing far more of a complicated defense than is EJ. He has also said that they are purposefully bringing EJ along slowly.
There will come a time soon when the defense starts showing Manuel more looks and different blitzes. This will be the time when we can truly compare EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb. Until that time I believe that it is a bit premature to start saying that one is outperforming the other.
So, let’s just give it another week or so to see when Coach Marrone starts throwing more looks at EJ until we can really see how this QB competition might start to unfold.
I, personally, love the  fact that the Coach is bringing EJ Manuel along slowly. I am of the opinion that young Quarterbacks should sit and watch for a little while before being thrown to the wolves. I would love to see Kevin Kolb start at least the first couple of games. If he doesn’t perform then I have no problem at all with letting Manuel learn on the field.
So let’s give this a little time to see how this competition develops. Let’s make sure that both Manuel and Kolb are facing the same competition before we start deciding who will be our starting Quarterback for the year.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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  • NWBill

    So, what is this column really all about? You have Jim Kelly’s name in the title, but most of the column itself is about Kolb and Manuel. Lumping EJ in with Jim at this point is the poster child for hyperbole – geeze, the kid hasn’t even thrown his first NFL pass yet! And Jim had his ups and downs throughout his career. Let’s all just settle down, bask in the smart planning and moves of this coaching staff in doing the right things with EJ and the QB job in general …. and see what happens. Everybody expects EJ to come out of the gate as the second coming of RGIII and Russell Wilson – I don’t. I think what you want to do is NOT throw the kid in there before he’s ready …. that’s the way to groom him for a decent career. Let … him …. learn …. and … grow – and stop talking about him like the job’s his to lose. It’s apparent with this coaching staff – a staff I believe is the smartest the Bills have had since Marv Levy’s time – that NO job is settled, NO position is secure. The players still have to play, and the coaches still have to coach when the season starts. That’s where everything begins – not before. Anything before is just a bunch of “maybe”s and “we’ll see”s.

  • Jacob Breunig

    I agree 100%, the title is completely misleading, why not title it “EJ vs Kolb for the starting job.” And you’re right, he hasn’t even had many first team reps at practice, let the damn kid learn and grow before he becomes the next Kelly, we must remember that Kelly played for years in the USFL, honing his pro game before becoming the star in the nfl. Everyone is high on the new coaching staff, so why not let them do things their way before we let our speculation run completely wild.

  • chas territo

    I, too agree about the Kelly reference. My thinking is to give EJ time to get comfortable, get understanding of NFL football before starting him. I also think for EJ to start WHEN he is better than Kolb, not tied with, better. GO BILLS!!

  • Paul Kawalerski

    Please, it is way too early to be mentioning EJ with Kelly. EJ has not proved anything yet other than he has potential. The worst thing we can do is to start heaping praises on this guy before he has even taken 1 NFL snap during a game. His NFL future is yet to be written.

  • Graham Corrie

    Guys, the whole point of the column was that it is too early to be saying that EJ should be the starting Quarterback. The reference to Jim Kelly was just a way of showing that we should not get too far ahead of ourselves with the kid.

  • chas territo

    Graham, i wasn’t disagreeing with you, i was agreeing that the Kelly inference was off base.BUT, i read it more because you referred to him, so, that was good despite the flim flammery.lol.

  • Ronnie Dickens

    I totally agree. This might be the fun football year that the Bills have been waiting on. This new coach, and exciting coordinators, will be something to look forward to. Will have to buy the NFL ticket to watch the Bills!