I have been told by multiple sources that I am throwing EJ Manuel under the bus. That I am not giving him a chance and given up on him after one injury shortened season. Nothing could be further from the truth. My hope is Doug Marrone made a perfect choice at quarterback and the kid flourishes for many years to come. I would love to be talking about EJ Manuel in the same light as Jim Kelly, Jack Kemp and Joe Ferguson 15 years from now.
No, my beef is with the lack of effort by the Buffalo Bills front office to provide a capable backup and competition for the position. I believe it would a dreadful thing to go into the season with the quarterbacks on the roster and now that free agency is all but over, the draft is the most logical solution to this problem.
My writing has shown the possibility for the eight picks in front of Buffalo in May to potentially pass on drafting a quarterback to meet other needs. If this happens, some high quality athletes will be off the board, but the top quarterbacks would be there for the picking. Reality check tells me that even if this scenario plays out, the Bills will not choose a quarterback at number nine. It just is not logical, but at the same time it is difficult to see stories stating that EJ Manuel would not be in the top five of the 2014 quarterbacks eligible for the draft.
In short my point is this. The Buffalo Bills cannot enter the 2014 season with the roster that they have now at quarterback. The most important position on the field needs to be addressed. EJ Manuel may be the starter, but the odds are against him appearing in all 16 games.
That’s the view I have from the other side of the pond.