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Chan Gailey notes rookie quarterbacks are playing well

Chan Gailey AP

Being a reporter requires a finely tuned ear, so as to detect subtle clues about a team’s intentions.

Take for instance last week, when Bills general manager Buddy Nix said he wanted to draft a quarterback this coming offseason.

And then today, Bill coach Chan Gailey, in discussing rookie quarterbacks, said “you draft them to play them now.”

Could be wrong, but it’s almost like the Bills are thinking about changing gears.

“You don’t draft them to let them sit,” Gailey said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “There’s a few people that are doing that, but for the most part you’re drafting those guys to play.

“They’re thrown in there, and they’re responding extremely well right now.”

The Bills, when picking third in 2011, would have certainly taken Cam Newton had he fallen past Carolina and Denver. Last April, picking 10th, the top three quarterbacks were already off the board before they had a chance.

Granted, Gailey was talking about the fact his team plays four rookie starters in the next six weeks (Ryan Tannehill twice, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson), but it’s hardly a coincidence the Bills are seeing all these kids playing well, and taking notes.

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14 Responses to “Chan Gailey notes rookie quarterbacks are playing well”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:28 PM

    knowing the bills we will take another running back..:(

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2012 1:38 PM

    Somebody reach under the bus and pull Fitzpatrick out.

    Holy smokes, why not just cut him, Chan?

  3. brenenostler says: Nov 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    Sounds like Geno is headed to Buffalo if you ask me.

  4. hehateme2 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:55 PM

    He wishes he had one…

  5. kane337 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:57 PM

    Fitzpatrick is the future.

  6. ampats says: Nov 13, 2012 2:01 PM

    Last April, picking 10th, the top three Quarterbacks were already off the board before they had a chance ??????

    There is a concept called trading up in the draft, maybe Nix might want to try it sometime?

  7. j0esixpack says: Nov 13, 2012 2:01 PM

    I don’t think Fitzpatrick is a bad QB. I think he and other young QBs very much look up to a 6th round pick like Brady who made it big strive to be like him.

    Of course, Fitzpatrick took his desire to be Tom Brady a little bit too far when he threw his final pass in the game directly to McCourty of the Patriots, but aside from that he had a pretty good game.

  8. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:02 PM

    The Bills are a disgrace. Why hire a retreat coach? Why pay a QB from Harvard?

  9. EJ says: Nov 13, 2012 2:07 PM

    Fitzpatrick has actually been playing pretty well the past few games. The interception at the end of the Patriots game wasn’t his fault, TJ Graham ran the wrong route, Fitz’s throw was nice, but no one was there. The Bills will draft a Quarterback next season, but don’t expect them to do it in the first round, maybe the second or third.

  10. buffbill99 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:14 PM

    “Buddy Nix said he wanted to draft a quarterback this coming offseason.”

    That’s more the subtle.

  11. cliverush says: Nov 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    Why would he not have confidence in a QB who played a perfect game against the Pats. Big deal, so what if he threw his last pass right to a defender to end the game. Poor Buffalo fans, it must have been torture to watch this one. First the refs screw you, then victory is snatched from you by your own men.

  12. steelerben says: Nov 13, 2012 2:46 PM

    ampats says:
    Nov 13, 2012 2:01 PM
    Last April, picking 10th, the top three Quarterbacks were already off the board before they had a chance ??????

    There is a concept called trading up in the draft, maybe Nix might want to try it sometime?

    _________________________________

    No way the Colts were giving up the pick that got Luck. Not after giving up Peyton.

    The Redskins gave up the farm for RG3.

    That leaves mortagaging your future for Ryan Tannehill. Might seem like a good idea now, but if you recall during the draft everyone thought they were nuts for taking him that high.

    However, players picked by the Bills before Russell Wilson was off the board:

    – Stephon Gilmore CB
    – Cordy Glenn OT
    – TJ Graham WR

    Which one of them would you trade for the QB that was too short now?

  13. gadzod says: Nov 13, 2012 3:12 PM

    @Steelerben – The only player between those 3 I would trade for Wilson is Graham. Cordy Glenn is going to be a stud LT, and Gilmore is already showing he can play with some of the top receivers in the game. He is playing pretty good for a rookie in my opinion.

  14. itscompton says: Nov 13, 2012 5:53 PM

    The Bills should be looking for another QB, While Fitzpatrick can get hot and look good for short stretches the guy is not a winner.
    Last Sunday is a great example, when the local game ended here they started showing the end of the Bills game. I see the Bills have the ball inside the red zone down by 6 with less than a minute left and I think to myself, “no way they win cause the QB will screw it up” and boom next play interception in the end zone, game over.

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