Like it or not Fitz will be starting next year.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:18 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:21 PM
In other eras, I'd agree with your premise. But I think it depends on who the QB is and where in the draft he's selected. If Nix somehow ends up taking one of the top two QBs in the draft, I think we can pencil that kid in immediately. And if it's Geno Smith especially, there won't be any problem to adapting to Gailey's scheme anyway. He can already read a defense as well as Fitz and can get us into the right plays just as often.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:24 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:38 PM
I wouldn't say Fitz is terribly good at reading defenses. I do agree that any veteren is helpful teaching a rookie the playbook they already know. I don't think most of us on this board know for sure that Gailey's system is so complicated beyond other NFL teams, that's just what we hear. I don't disagree that Fitz will most likely be the starter, but if it's the right guy, he can start right away. There's plenty of examples and more importantly several recent examples that might be considered the new trend.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:42 PM
Unless, like others have said, you get a top tier QB in the draft and they just play lights out in the offseason.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:54 PM
Bill Belichick WOULD LOVE THIS!
As would every other coach we go against in 2013
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:55 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:03 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:07 PM
I don't want a QB who likes to pose in the pocket. Sounds like Sanchez doing a GQ cover shot.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:22 PM
Add an interception to any of the above and you have the Cliff Notes of Fitzpatrick's career in Buffalo
Edited by KollegeStudnet, 03 November 2012 - 02:45 PM.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:51 PM
I forgot that every other team has one
Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:01 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:27 PM
I say this with love.
I like Fitz and he has been a great fill in QB--until, we figure out where to go.
But, his record as an NFL starter is atrocious!
He has issues throwing over 20 yards, unless its a 7 yard slant with YAC!
He gets most of his points in garbage time or in shoot-outs---where the Bills have lost a vast majority of while he is under center.
He rarely is a vocal leader on this team and I've never heard of him give an inspiring speech to his teammates after a loss--which have been ALOT while he has been under center!
All of his press conferences end with him being humble and talking about how he has to take each loss as a learning expierence--which is the majority of his press conferences every NFL week since 2009.
He is horrible at a 2 minute drill and folds under pressure of trying to win this game.
I really can go on...
Overall, to have him as our starter in 2013 is completely insane.
Edited by KollegeStudnet, 03 November 2012 - 02:36 PM.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:37 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:48 PM
Gailey would adapt the offense to fit the rookie.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:50 PM
If Gailey finishes the season 5-11/6-10 and Fitz is back leading or near the top in INT's, why not? They're in the middle of a 5 year rebuild and maybe someday it'll all come together.
Ralph will demand a sacrifice and it'll probably be Wannstedt as the lamb anyway. They need continuity at HC and QB.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:51 PM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:06 PM
Well, let's set this straw-man on fire. List all the NFL teams that have a QB that has never had a winning season as a pro, are in a position to draft a franchise QB (hint: we're not talking a 7th rounder), and would then choose to sit their big man on campus to learn behind the incumbent.
Luck, Tannehill, Griffith, and Weeden were all handed the job. Newton, Gabbert, and Ponder were handed the job last year. Bradford was the day 1 starter the year before that. Stafford, Sanchez, and Freeman were day 1 starters the year before that. Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco the year before that. So, in the last 5 draft classes, there has been 1 exception to this. Jake Locker who sat behind Matt Hasselbeck who has an 80-71 record and QB'd a team to the Super Bowl.
So yeah, I'd say the preponderance of the evidence very decidedly indicates that most any NFL team in these cleats has no trouble figuring out how to get their rookie franchise guy on the field. This isn't the 1960s any longer, but what the heck, let's draft a RB.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:35 PM
Yeah, he has accuracy issues for sure. But there's a reason passes 20 yard or longer are considered low percentage plays. In your mind, what does a good long passer look like in terms of accuracy? What's an acceptable completion percentage?