Could The Bills Have Done More To Prevent This Disaster At Quarterback?


As we go into the final pre-season game against the Detroit Lions tomorrow night it is not out of line to be concerned with our quarterback situation. At the top of the depth chart is undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel who will be starting and the 2 players backing him up (Matt Leinart and Thad Lewis) have been with the team for roughly half a week. Fortunately for the Bills that undrafted rookie is quite an impressive player that makes intelligent decisions with the ball and has a very strong arm. If anything happens to him though the Bills could be in some serious trouble with nobody being behind him that has a strong grasp on this offense.

Even before the Buffalo Bills lost their top 2 quarterbacks on the depth chart in the span of a week and a half, they were not exactly set up to be OK if the injury bug hit that position. Lets face it, If things didn’t go as anticipated with the progress of first round draft pick EJ Manuel the Bills were not looking to be a better team with Kevin Kolb at the helm.  Then when you look at the fact that Kolb  has suffered a concussion in each of his last 2 season’s, it would not of been out of line to question the possibility of him making it to week 1 healthy and ready to go.

The Bills are all set up to have a tremendous amount of depth at that position in case of emergency’s as both WR Brad Smith and RB Fred Jackson are capable of playing quarterback, but head coach Doug Marrone opted not to take a serious look at either player as an option. Which is an intriguing move for a coaching staff that has preached versatility and wanting their best players out on the field in case of injury. Throughout training camp they have prepared players to substitute in for other positions than what they play naturally in case of injury, but for some reason they decided not to take that same approach at quarterback.

I have had nothing but positive things to say about Doug Marrone and the way he has handled the team thus far, but there is nobody else to blame for this team being so unprepared for losing our quarterbacks. Especially when Kevin Kolb is considered to be a serious candidate to start, that to me is a serious sign that the Bills are not taking the quarterback position as seriously as they should be.

The Bills and mostly all of their fans are hoping to have EJ Manuel back in time to start the season, but even if that happens there is no guarantee that he will remain healthy the entire season. Chances are somebody else’s number will be called to hike that ball at some point down the road, and the Bills would be wise to better prepare for that. What to you think, could the Bills have done more to be in a better position at quarterback?

Could the Bills have done more to prepare for injuries to our quarterbacks?

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  • NWBill

    I think you’re being a little too negative about how the Bills prepped for and responded to this situation. Sure, it’s bad, and we’re all concerned for the injured players and what this means for their careers; but, let’s face it – this is professional football, and PLAYERS GET HURT. It’s a part of the game. Kevin Kolb was signed not as a long-term solution at QB, but to be a bridge to whomever the team drafted in 2013. That guy, EJ Manuel, has demonstrated to all concerned that he’s on the cusp of taking over as the starter. But let’s remember that, first, he doesn’t have a serious injury; it’s not nearly as serious as what happened to Gilmore, for instance. EJ will be back SOON. As far as Kevin’s concussions, the Bills’ excellent medical staff was fully aware, I’m sure, of his history with them when the team signed him. That’s something – like ankle sprains and fractured hands – that you can’t predict, or properly plan for … except to make sure that your team has players who can function and win in the system. Buffalo has Jeff Tuel, who has exceeded expectations so far … and has done what any other team would do – go out and see who would be available as backup. Now, I wish that Tom Brady had been the one sitting at home waiting for that phone call – but I try to live in reality wherever possible. So, the guys we picked up were, I’m sure, vetted by the team as the guys who were (a) available, and (b) most likely to succeed as backups to Tuel. And, once again, keep in mind that this situation is only for another couple of weeks; EJ WILL BE BACK SOON.

    So, let’s all calm down, try not to panic, and see this for what it is – a bad situation that’s being dealt with as best as the Bills can possible deal with it. I have no problem with what’s been done in response; I have some concerns about Leinert, but if things go well, then we won’t see much of him anyway. Kevin Kolb’s career is a major concern at this point, because it’s unclear when he’ll be back – or even IF he should come back. We’ll just have to wait and see what the doctors say. For now, let’s all remember and realize that this wasn’t going to be a Super Bowl year for Buffalo, anyway – there have been far too many changes on this team, and the talent level is still not where it needs to be (especially on defense) for anyone to say we’ll be there at the end of the year. This is a RETOOLING year for Buffalo, and, in that context, overall I think things are going fairly well.

    Let’s see where we are at the halfway point of the season, before we start calling out the knives and pitchforks.