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Gailey: You were spot on about Fitzpatrick

Posted on: October 30, 2011 6:35 pm

TORONTO -- Seven months ago, Buffalo Bills coach Chad Gailey sat at table at the NFL Owners meetings in New Orleans extolling the virtues of Ryan Fitzpatrick as his starting quarterback.

Those of us at the table looked around in disbelief. I nearly choked on my bagel.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Harvard kid who failed in two previous stop? That Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Now who's laughing?

The Bills, thanks to their dominating victory over the Washington Redskins here at the Rodgers Center in their annual trek north of the border, are 5-2 and in first place in the AFC East. 

Fitzpatrick is a big reason why. You look at him, the funky release, the dumpy body and a resume that until the second half of last season looked more like he should be playing up in Canada on permanent basis, and you wonder how he gets it done.

The Bills have now scored 20 or more points in each of their first seven games, which is something that not even the Jim Kelly-led Bills offenses did. Fitzpatrick didn't have to put up huge numbers against the Redskins, not with his defense playing so well and Fred Jackson running wild, but he did throw two touchdown passes. 

Did the Bills rush to give him that $59 million contact last week? I thought they could have waited, but after watching this team play for the first time I think they did the right thing.

Go ahead and laugh, Chan. You were right.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:12 am

Gailey: You were spot on about Fitzpatrick

I know...isn't he the guy that picks AGAINST Buffalo every week?

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:01 pm

Gailey: You were spot on about Fitzpatrick

Still amused that people comment on the contract value of players. Why, especially with no cap, should we care what players are paid. We know it's a crazy amount of money, but it shouldn't really matter to any of us. And it's actually a pretty fair deal, only half guaranteed. What's important about the contract is that it is signed and good QB is going to be there as long as the team wants him.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:40 pm

Gailey: You were spot on about Fitzpatrick

Great post. It's nice to see objectivity every once in a while around here. As a Bills fan, I agree, the contract is a bit pricey. His body of work doesn't really support this much $$$. Gailey knows a lot more than I do, so I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

In regards to the Skins, Shanahan is your problem, but it isn't Mike. His son is an awful coordinator. How could they run only 11 times against a Bills defense that is so shoddy against the run?
Good luck to your Skins the rest of the way.  

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:32 pm

Gailey: You were spot on about Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick is a bona fide NFL QB... no doubt... but that contract extension is a little pricey, considering he hasnt won consistently yet. Hey... you have to tip your hat to the Bills. Even though they whipped my team today, I have always enjoyed rooting for underdogs. i honestly hope they do well this season. I also like seeing underdog coaches like Chan Gailey succeed. Mike Shanahan is getting $7 million/year because he had the good fortune of having Elway win him 2 titles in Denver but I haven't seen anything that warrants him making that kind of coin in his 2 1/2 years in DC.

Skins owner, Dan Snyder should have taken a chance on Jim Schwarz when he interviewed at the same time Jim Zorn interviewed for the job and got hired. You don't always have to make a big splash with a coaching hire for it to work out ala Mike Tomlin/Pittsburgh, Jim Harbaugh/Baltimore... I think Snyder was trying to hire the next Joe Gibbs when he took Vinny Cerato's advice and hired Jim Zorn. In hindsight... it looks like they picked the wrong Jim.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 8:44 pm

Gailey: You were spot on about Fitzpatrick

 the dumpy body
Sort of a ridiculous thing to say, especially coming from someone who isn't athletic enough to be an NFL QB.  Like Prisco.  And everyone else on these boards.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 8:19 pm

Gailey: You were spot on about Fitzpatrick

Prisco, a Billeiver??   Wow...

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