Early this season, Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL, and the Bills rewarded him with a six-year, $59 million contract. That contract looks like a mistake now, as Fitzpatrick and the Bills have gone into a steep decline since then.
But while the contract might look like a mistake to many of us, it doesn’t look like a mistake to Bills coach Chan Gailey, who says he has no doubts that Fitzpatrick is the Bills’ quarterback of the future.
“No, none, zero,” Gailey said. ”We’ve all seen him do it. We know he can do it. I think as soon as we continue to work on getting everybody on the same page I think Fitz would be fine. If that was my biggest problem I don’t think I’d have any problems.”
Gailey, whose team is on a six-game losing streak, has a lot of problems. Whether Fitzpatrick is one of those problems or will be part of the long-term solution is debatable. But the mere fact that it’s a debate, less than two months into a six-year contract, is bad news for the Bills.