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Fitzpatrick gets the nod

About an hour before Bills coach Dick Jauron was fired, a report surfaced that Ryan Fitzpatrick was set to take over the starting quarterback job.

There’s no way to know yet whether this was a similar case to the infamous Rob Johnson-over-Doug Flutie decision that was attributed to Bills owner Ralph Wilson.   But Fitzpatrick will get the call this week in the end. 

Interim head coach Perry Fewell confirmed the news at his Wednesday press conference after delaying the decision Tuesday.  Fitzpatrick’s numbers are much worse than those of Trent Edwards, but the Bills went 2-1 in the games he was heavily involved in.

This demotion is a major career setback for Edwards, who appears to have lost most of the support he has in the building. 

Edwards is signed through 2010, so next year’s head coach will have to decide if he’s starting material.

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7 Responses to “Fitzpatrick gets the nod”
  1. realdealryan says: Nov 18, 2009 3:29 PM

    The support he had in the building crawled back into his coffin with $9mil from Ralph yesterday.

  2. BillsFan27 says: Nov 18, 2009 3:30 PM

    It doesn’t take a coach to tell you Edwards isn’t starting material.
    Draft… here we come!

  3. leatherneck says: Nov 18, 2009 3:32 PM

    The Bills need a strong-armed quarterback who can throw through the hard, cold winds of the northeast.

  4. beyond2k says: Nov 18, 2009 4:01 PM

    The Bills need a quarterback that can throw past the line of scrimmage.

  5. toonster says: Nov 18, 2009 4:21 PM

    Trent Edwards is far from the main reason why this team has struggled. He hasn’t been good, but a better OC would really make things that much better. They are in a difficult spot if their intent is to dump Edwards this offseason. They have to fix the trenches on both side, and in particularly, on the defensive side, to stop the run and get more pressure defensively from the front 4. The problem for them was running that style of defense without the personnel to really accomplish what was needed from the DL.
    Part of me thinks they are better off tearing down and starting over, despite a decent group of youngsters. The Pats have capably rebuilt themselves on the fly, while the Dolphins look to be getting younger.

  6. Alzado's Vein says: Nov 18, 2009 5:10 PM

    Captain Checkdown isn’t the answer. New regime usually means new qb. Jake Locker – mark it down.

  7. qblax16 says: Nov 18, 2009 5:10 PM

    Wow… just more stupid then I can deal with.
    This guy’s career with Cincy says it all he’s garbage. Trent isn’t great, but man let him finish the season.

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