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Ryan Fitzpatrick: Expect big things from the Bills

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When the Lions made the playoffs last season, sole possession of the NFL’s longest playoff drought moved to Buffalo, where the Bills haven’t made the postseason since losing the “Music City Miracle” in the wild card round following the 1999 season. But Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick sounds like a man who’s confident that playoff drought will soon end.

Fitzpatrick said on WGR in Buffalo that this year’s Bills are better than last year’s 6-10 club, and he and his teammates don’t see any reason they won’t make the playoffs this season.

I think you expect big things out of us this year,” Fitzpatrick said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Our defense and just going up against them in OTAs — they have really improved and they’re pushing to make us better, and so that’ll help us out a lot as well. But we’ll sit down. We haven’t really set any team goals or offensive goals yet, but feeling in the building right now is we gotta get back to the playoffs. We gotta get in the dance and see what happens.”

When Fitzpatrick says the Bills have to get back to the playoffs, he may be thinking not only of what it would mean to the franchise, but about his own future with the franchise. At the time that the Bills signed Fitzpatrick to a six-year, $59 million contract in late October, it appeared that Fitzpatrick would lead the Bills to the playoffs last season. Instead, after starting the season 5-2, the Bills went 1-8 the rest of the way.

If Fitzpatrick is wrong in his prediction about big things for the Bills this year, this may be the last year he’s in a position to make a prediction for the Bills.

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26 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick: Expect big things from the Bills”
  1. airplayful says: Jun 18, 2012 3:21 PM

    You gotta play the games first, but it’s hard not to feel positive about the Bills chances this season.

    Just get there, Fitz. 12 years is a long time.

  2. cantgetenoughwp says: Jun 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    Vince Young’s dream is alive!

  3. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:36 PM

    I believe the pats will win the division, however, the bills have a good shot at a wildcard.

  4. EJ says: Jun 18, 2012 3:36 PM

    I have confidence in Fitzpatrick, what I don’t have confidence in is the IR bug. Buffalo was in the top end of the most players on IR last season. It wasn’t Fitzpatrick’s ribs or new contract signing, It was the fact that half of the team was injured. This year the Bills seem to have a little more depth on the team, especially Defense. So maybe if they stay somewhat healthy, the Playoffs won’t be far away.

  5. pompadoorknob says: Jun 18, 2012 3:40 PM

    the afc is due for a shakeup this year. bengals and bills on the rise, steelers, jets and ravens have been put on notice.

  6. funktron2x says: Jun 18, 2012 3:48 PM

    I see Ryan Fitzpatrick as Jon Kitna 2.0. Sorry, Bills fans, but he hasn’t done anything worthy of that contract. I actually do hope he proves me wrong as i don’t really like the pats, jets or dolphins, tho.

  7. ballsohardu says: Jun 18, 2012 3:48 PM

    Yepp look out afc …. Bills and bungals are getting HOT

  8. patridge21 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:52 PM

    You gotta love the positive media as a bills fan!!! we have suffered through some horrible years with no credit ever given to anybody in a Bills Uniform!! The time is now boys and the Pats are gonna be the only team out of the east fighting for a Wild Card Spot!!!

  9. bvolke says: Jun 18, 2012 3:55 PM

    Call me crazy but I think the AFC totally changes this year and the Bills could be in position to make a Super Bowl run.

  10. donterrelli says: Jun 18, 2012 3:58 PM

    Expected big things from the Bills last year. I’ve liked Fitz since he’s been in the league. Cool , calm, I think he can do it.

  11. 6ball says: Jun 18, 2012 3:59 PM

    .

    @EJ

    Astute post …….the Bills second group was not quite ready for prime time . Their starters are highly competitive. But once the injuries hit, things unravelled rather quickly . The Chiefs were in a similar predicament .

    .

  12. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:59 PM

    We were expecting big things after the 6-0 start last year.

  13. go9ers says: Jun 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    Expect big things — like third place in the division

  14. cincinnasti says: Jun 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    They may hold the longest current drought… However I think the longest drought in history still belongs to the Bengals and most likely will never be broken.. 1990-2005…

  15. cincinnasti says: Jun 18, 2012 4:04 PM

    And The Bengals still have the longest drought without a playoff win.. I believe.. I could be wrong though..

  16. redlightrieman says: Jun 18, 2012 4:08 PM

    The Bills will turn heads this season, but not sure if their ready to take the divison of the Pats, but they will definitely be better than the Jets this year. Too many problems and question marks in NY for the Jets to make a run this year.

    1) Pats 12-4
    2) Bills 11-5
    3) Jets 7-9
    4) Dolphins 4-12

  17. dlln147 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:14 PM

    Now I’m a Bills fan, I might be a little optimistic but I actually think that they can win the division. Most everyone is putting them down for a wildcard but anything can happen. They can stink it up again or show up the Pats and surprise everyone. People are acting as if it’s not possible, remember what the Dolphins did the year after going 1-15. Anything is possible!

  18. bangitfootball says: Jun 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    Vince Young says Bills are “Dream Team”

  19. bangitfootball says: Jun 18, 2012 4:40 PM

    Ryan, one word of advice.
    Shhhhhhhhh.
    Just play . Dont talk.

  20. 69finfan says: Jun 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    Bills Fans. Why would you want to make a Super Bowl run? Your team can’t win the Super Bowl, it’s not in the cards. If you couldn’t win with the group of players the Bills assembled in the early 90′s, going 0-4 what makes you think you can win one now? Good luck though.

  21. laxcoach37 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:46 PM

    I like Bills Fans. You are mostly optimistic, football intelligent and rarely slam another Team while praising yours. Admitting, I am a Dolphins Fan here and have to agree with some of you. However, the Fins are not 4-12 Team . Typically the Dolphins split the Bills and or the Jets. In others they get 3-4 wins in the Division. Now the Jets will have something to say with 4 AFCE wins and the let’s say the Pats actually lose 2 games. I think your looking at a near 3 way tie and depending on Steelers, Ravens, Bengals that Wildcard goes to tiebreakers and would be 10-6 or higher. Sorry, Bills Fans it won’t happen. Easier Schedule for AFC East. No Playoffs this year, but soon…
    PATS 13-3
    BILLS 9-7
    DOLPHINS 8-8 (ahead of Jets because we generally own you regardless of our overall record) just sayin’
    JETS 8-8

  22. buffalomafia says: Jun 18, 2012 8:10 PM

    I say Bills have shot @ wild card.

    But I think it will take one more year of a good draft & free agency to be great again!

    You have to remember the Bills don’t have another WR taller than 6′ to compliment steve johnson!

  23. backindasaddle says: Jun 18, 2012 8:20 PM

    It’s good to see the Bills improving and it’s even better to see Buffalo fans with some hope and energized again.

  24. kgun80 says: Jun 18, 2012 8:46 PM

    @69finfan
    Let’s get this straight.. So we can’t win because we lost 4 before.. The Bills superbowl run was unparalleled!! Not to make excuses.. But we lost to NY Giants.. Parcells may be the greatest coach ever!! Gibbs another amazing coach!! And that Dallas team( as painful as it is to admit) may have been the greatest collection of talent ever on an NFL roster!! When was the last time the fins were there???!!
    Sick of the haters!!

  25. mrcogburn says: Jun 18, 2012 10:24 PM

    We know one has to be delusional to be a Bills fan, but I guess the same axiom applies to being a Bills QB.

  26. bleed4philly says: Jun 18, 2012 10:35 PM

    Translation: our season will be over in December, not November.

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