The Bills aren’t in the “sooner rather than later” camp when it comes to naming a starting quarterback.
They aren’t quite in the wait for the last minute group either, however. Coach Doug Marrone talked about the competition between Kevin Kolb and E.J. Manuel on Sunday and said that the two men are splitting reps 50-50 in a battle that doesn’t need to end until after the team has played their third preseason game.
“Again, you like to sit there as a coach and say you’d like that decision to just come up in front of you,” Marrone said, via the team’s website. “Really if you can get 10-12 days prior to that first game, that’s when you’re going to get pressed for time and have to make a decision on a quarterback. That’s when you’re probably going to start preparing 10 days out of the first game.”
If someone runs away with things in practice and preseason games, the Bills can make their decision ahead of that point but there’s probably no great pressure to do so given Marrone’s take on when you need to know the identity of your quarterback. And there are potential benefits to giving Manuel as much time as possible to gain comfort and confidence in the offense if it turns out that is his biggest obstacle to taking the job right from the start.