The confidence among the Bills’ fan base for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been plummeting since last season, and now it appears that the front office is losing faith as well.
Always-candid GM Buddy Nix said last week that he did not want to leave his post without a franchise quarterback for the future in place. On Friday, Nix elaborated on the Bills’ immediate need at the position on WGR sports radio in Buffalo.
“Let me be as honest as I can. I think we really need to address it this year,” he said. “The thing we can’t do is you can’t create one. You can’t go out thinking I’ve got to make this guy a player. If you do, then you’re going to be in a bigger mess. We don’t want to do that. We try to guard against that. But we do need another one and we need to do it this time.”
Nix said he has been scouting the top quarterbacks in the college ranks, and reading the tea leaves indicates the Bills might draft a quarterback in the first round for the first time since J.P. Losman in 2004. The last signalcaller they drafted was Levi Brown in the seventh round in 2010.
Team observers often point out how loyal head coach Chan Gailey is to Fitzpatrick, who received a seven-year, $62.195 million deal last October and has been inconsistent ever since. He has thrown 15 TD passes and nine interceptions for the 3-5 Bills. The support is still there for Fitzpatrick, especially as a leader, but no longer as a long-term answer as a starting quarterback, which further makes last year's new deal look like a mistake.
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