Well, the unthinkable happened on Sunday. A Buffalo Bills QB (Ryan Fitzpatrick) threw for over 300 yards in a game; 374 to be exact. It was the first time such feat had been accomplished since it happened 59 games previous to that. Fitzpatrick also threw 4 touchdowns on the day as well as the Bills played well enough to win, but once again got jobbed by the officials. But that's not what this post is about. What it is about is, what do the Bills do now?
Ralph Wilson has already come out and stated the problems this franchise currently finds themselves in are his fault, and that the team needs a franchise QB and that GM Buddy Nix was going to spend the next few weeks scouting the top college QB's. Which would lead one to believe that Ralph Wilson wants his team to draft a QB in April. But if Ryan Fitzpatrick keeps this up, how can you justify taking a QB with your #1 overall selection (top 5 pick) when your QB is 2nd in the league in QB rating and CLEARLY isn't the problem? As crazy as I'm about to sound right now, Fitzpatrick is everything you want your QB to be. He's fearless, he's smart (Harvard grad, killed the wonderlic), he has decent size, he's only 27, he's mobile, and he's the ultimate team player. Yes I realize that Andrew Luck could be great, but for every Peyton Manning in the NFL draft, there is a Ryan Leaf.
It is clear that right now, the reason this team is losing football games is because of the defense. The defense is putrid, which is shocking considering how great our secondary was last year. They just physically can not stop anyone at this point in the season. I'm sure it has something to do with the scheme change, new defensive coordinator, blah blah blah. But at some point you have to look at the real issues, which are, guys just aren't performing and we don't have playmakers in the KEY spots. This defense is in DIRE need of linebackers, and defensive linemen. Buffalo has given up an average of 36 pts per game in their past 5 games. This team needs defensive help, DESPERATELY.
While I wouldn't be UPSET persay if they drafted Andrew Luck, I'm not sure I would be happy. Drafting a franchise QB seems like a great idea when you're winless, but really ... what more could Andrew Luck do than what Ryan Fitzpatrick is currently doing to get this team winning football games? The losses fall on George Edwards and the defense.