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Fitzpatrick says he’s the guy to turn things around

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In the early stages of the 2011 season, Ryan Fitzpatrick was becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the league.  Since then, he has been becoming one of the most average.

But Fitzpatrick thinks he can turn it around.

I’m confident.  I know there’s a lot of doubt outside,” Fitzpatrick said Wednesday, via the Associated Press.  “I’m the guy.  I’m the guy that’s supposed to turn this thing around.  And you know, we’ve still got eight games to do it.”

Actually, there’s plenty of doubt inside.  Last week, G.M. Buddy Nix said the team needs to find a franchise quarterback.  Which strongly implies that they don’t have one.

Fitzpatrick said Wednesday that he and Nix had a “long chat” in Nix’s office.  And all that that implies.

“I understand what happens in the NFL. I understand that it’s a performance-based business,” Fitzpatrick said. “For quarterbacks, you have to win games or else.”

The “or else” is coming, especially since his contract has a $3 million roster bonus due in March and a $4.25 million salary for the 2013 season.  If Fitzpatrick doesn’t make Nix believe that Fitzpatrick can be the franchise quarterback for which Nix is looking, Fitzpatrick will be leaving.

“For me, it’s not like I get a shot at this, and if it doesn’t work out I can go somewhere else and do the same thing,” Fitzpatrick said.  “This is my shot.  This is everything that I’ve worked for.  And I know that it’s either going to work here or that’s going to be it in terms of being able to be the guy.”

He’s right.  If Fitzpatrick loses his job in Buffalo, he’ll enter the clipboard phase of his career, playing only when the starter is hurt.

Fitzpatrick would go a long way toward keeping that from happening if he beats the Patriots in New England on Sunday.

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21 Responses to “Fitzpatrick says he’s the guy to turn things around”
  1. grogantomorgan says: Nov 8, 2012 10:38 AM

    Sorry Fitzy, most likely your turnaround will start the following week. New England at home will not be a friendly place to be this weekend.

  2. gf2711 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:40 AM

    Yes Fitz, please turn around and hand the ball to Jackson and Spiller.

  3. stevincinci says: Nov 8, 2012 10:44 AM

    Future commentator / lawyer. Smart guy to get millions from Buffalo first though.

  4. billsfan66 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:44 AM

    Nope Fitz. You are not the guy. I watch you every week overthrow, under throw and get your guys killed because you can’t hit them in the numbers. Your long ball is nonexistent and you plainly have no confidence. The Bills need to lose out and get a top pick for whatever QB they want. Problem is, with this franchise we would have ruined a guy like Luck.

  5. jetblackninja says: Nov 8, 2012 10:50 AM

    Are you taking crazy pills or something? The Patriots are going to roll them out by 24 points.

  6. SparkyGump says: Nov 8, 2012 10:50 AM

    What do you expect him to say? “I couldn’t hit a broadside of a barn with the doors closed” or “I read defenses like my grandma drives”? No, there’s no fitzmagic, just a flash in the pan. Maybe Ralphie boy can draft a decent qb THIS time….

  7. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 8, 2012 10:51 AM

    It may not be true, but it is good to hear. I think he knows he isn’t the answer, I mean, thats all everybody in Buffalo talks about, so it must be hard to go to work everyday knowing that everybody thinks you suck. I said it after last Sundays game, if Fitz plays as well as he did Sunday, and the defense can play near the level they did, this team can win the games that we thought they would going into this season. It all comes down to gameplanning and making adjustments. I’m going to rant here, and I hope it makes it through, but I think these are valid points. To every talking radio in Buffalo, what did you expect to happen when the Bills signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson? It seems to me that every body expected the whole defense to get better, in all phases. I did not, signing pass rushers does not improve your run-defense, ecspecially in a 4-3. Yes, Williams has not made enough splash plays like sacks and fumbles, but to blame him for the gashing they recive from the running game is way off base, and just show how little football knowledge you have. Yes I am looking at you Schopp and Bulldog. Nobody will agree, but David Nelson’s injury changed this offense drastically. You now have 1 big man running seams and inside-outs instead of 2, those routes are the highest percentage passes Fitz throws, and you can pick up big yardage with those. If the passing game would ever mature, that would help neutralize the opponents running game. This team needs to get back to being agressive, in all phases. Don’t react, instead, force your opponents hand. This has been Jaraun-ish the past few weeks, and it’s upsetting. It’s not the QB’s fault, he didn’t call 12 running plays, and he also tried to make something out of nothing with the game on the line and got grilled because he fumbled. This team, right now, has nothing to play for, nothing to lose, so let’s see if they come out Sunday and hang tough with the Pats, and just play all out and who cares what happens, the best is a playoff berth, the worst (still pretty good) they get a crack at a top QB prospect. I’m cautiously optomistic, but I liked the team I saw Sunday, only lacking a bit more tenacity and trying to force some big plays of their own. This team is closer than people think, and it’s refreshing to hear an attitude that isn’t “Woe is me”

  8. Grinds My Gear says: Nov 8, 2012 10:52 AM

    I think he meant turn things over.

  9. salmen76 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:02 AM

    Ha Ha! That’s funny Fitz! You are not a good QB. If you were you would be the starter for a real team like the Pats or the Saints or the Packers or the Texans. But you ain’t. But i do see why you’re saying what you’re saying. Cuz you want to continue to collect the salary of a “good” QB cuz you know deep down you ain’t good. If i woke up tomorrow morning and Fitz was the QB of the Saints i’d be sad and i would dig my paper bag out from the 60s and 70s and most of the 80s that i used to wear. I knew Fitz was a bust when the Bills drafted him. Ha ha! Geaux Saints!

  10. mikepbuffalo says: Nov 8, 2012 11:16 AM

    I like Fitz as a guy. He knows he isn’t doing the job, but he is trying.

    He has played well in the last two games, but unfortunately had a costly INT against TEN and the Bills abandoned the run to start the second half.

    If Buffalo drafts a QB, I wouldn’t mind them keeping Fitz on to mentor the rookie.

  11. ernie ernie says: Nov 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    Did he mention what team he would turn around? LOL

    I’ve only seen him play twice. The Bills are never on where I live, and he didn’t impress me at all.

  12. coseybedaman says: Nov 8, 2012 11:33 AM

    Ive said it a million times. Fitz is not our problem. Play calling, receivers, and defense is our problem. Fitz has proven what he can do when things are going well. He isnt the Tom Brady or Peyton Manning that can carry a bad team, but he is definitely able to be a winning starting QB. This “losing out” garbage is the most pathetic thing Ive ever heard from a football fan. Lets lose out so that we can develop a QB for the next 3 years who 90% of the time turns out to be no better than Fitzpatrick already is!!

  13. coseybedaman says: Nov 8, 2012 11:34 AM

    Furthermore if any games are going to be put on Fitzpatricks shoulders that he “lost us” where is the blame for the Brian Moorman decision? I have seen Powell do nothing, but shank big punts since he has been here. STOP DANCING AROUND THE PROBLEMS BUFFALO AND GET THIS DEFENSE FIXED!

  14. lionsfan415 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:41 AM

    “Ha Ha! That’s funny Fitz! You are not a good QB. If you were you would be the starter for a real team like the Pats or the Saints or the Packers or the Texans. But you ain’t. But i do see why you’re saying what you’re saying. Cuz you want to continue to collect the salary of a “good” QB cuz you know deep down you ain’t good. If i woke up tomorrow morning and Fitz was the QB of the Saints i’d be sad and i would dig my paper bag out from the 60s and 70s and most of the 80s that i used to wear. I knew Fitz was a bust when the Bills drafted him. Ha ha! Geaux Saints!”

    You sir are an idiot, Fitzpatrick was drafted by the Rams in the 7th round, in fact he’s somewhat of a succses story since he was a 7th rounder from harvard that can actually throw halfway decent, do i think he’s great, heck no, do I think he’s a good back up, I think he would be one of the best backups. But to say he was a Bills bust, is dumb.

  15. cliverush says: Nov 8, 2012 11:49 AM

    It will be difficult for the Bills to run on the Pats so Fitzie will be forced to throw against a weak Defensive backfield. The first meeting between the teams this year provided a look into a Pats D that gives up big plays. Although the return of injured starters should shore up the Pats DB situation Fitz will need great protection to excell. Not an upbeat outlook for the Bills.

  16. superputman says: Nov 8, 2012 12:35 PM

    Clearly he was talking about turning the team around via high draft picks.

    I’ve been a fan for a long time, for 24 years, since I was 7.. I’ve been watching Buffalo through thick and thin.. but I can’t anymore. No more NFL for me. If I can’t have a ‘horse’ in the ‘race’ then I’m not going to go to the ‘racetrack’ anymore.

    Ralph Wilson’s strategy of keeping fans interested enough to keep hoping -while having little to no real chance of winning- has progressively failed to work, and after our big contract QB fumbled last week, I gave up.

  17. dougy1970 says: Nov 8, 2012 12:43 PM

    Give me the Stanford guy over the Harvard guy any day.

  18. flakeybiscuits says: Nov 8, 2012 1:11 PM

    It’s a shame because, well, even if he did play great football like the beginning of 2011, I wouldn’t be surprised if we one won three more games from here on out. Our D = historically awful

  19. CKL says: Nov 8, 2012 1:29 PM

    @rabidbillsfan,
    I think your guys will play my Pats tough. They usually do. Those lopsided scores the past 2 games don’t tell the real tale of how these two teams usually play each other. Heck for the better part of those last two games, the Bills were hanging quite tough.

  20. billsmafiapeezy says: Nov 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    “I knew Fitz was a bust when the Bills drafted him. Ha ha! Geaux Saints!”

    First off Salmon76, your comment is horribly put together. Secondly, the Bills never drafted him. If you are going to try and be smart, you should probably look stuff up first.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:36 PM

    CKL says: Nov 8, 2012 1:29 PM

    @rabidbillsfan,
    I think your guys will play my Pats tough. They usually do. Those lopsided scores the past 2 games don’t tell the real tale of how these two teams usually play each other. Heck for the better part of those last two games, the Bills were hanging quite tough.
    ————-

    Which adds to my previous comment. The Bills were neck and neck until the Bills turned the ball over in what, five out of six possessions and the Patriots scored like 38 straight.

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