Ryan Fitzpatrick QB TEN Nov 02 '12
Bills GM Buddy Nix tacitly acknowledged that Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the franchise quarterback the organization had hoped he would become when they signed him to a seven-year, $62 million contract a year ago.
Nix assured fans that finding a new quarterback would not be considered starting over for his regime. "Listen, we have said from day one, that we want to draft a good young quarterback," Nix explained. "I don't want to leave here without a franchise guy for the future in place. I have not said that before but I'm saying it now because it's fact." It's a pretty damning statement that the organization no longer views Fitzpatrick as the answer at QB. His accuracy comes and goes, and the offense has been limited primarily to throws within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Opposing coaches now know to follow Rex Ryan's blueprint of sitting on shallow routes and crowding the line of scrimmage.