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Bills planning to start Jeff Tuel in Week One

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The Bills went into camp with two quarterbacks competing for the starting job, but, as of now, they aren’t planning to start either one of them against the Patriots on September 8.

Bills coach Doug Marrone said Monday that the plan right now is for Jeff Tuel to start against New England while E.J. Manuel continues recovering from knee surgery and Kevin Kolb deals with a concussion. Marrone confirmed that diagnosis for Kolb, but said that speculation about it being career-threatening is premature as the team and Kolb are concentrating on recovery at the moment.

Going with Tuel over the newly arrived Matt Leinart or Thad Lewis makes sense as Tuel has spent the entire offseason working in the offense and has had some good moments in his preseason appearances. But, as Marrone said with some understatment, “obviously this wasn’t the plan” for the 2013 season in Buffalo.

That explains why Marrone is holding out hope that Manuel can make it back in time for the game against the Patriots, but reality is forcing the team to make plans that they probably didn’t contemplate when setting their sights on the year to come.

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  1. floratiotime says: Aug 26, 2013 12:51 PM

    The team will all pile out of a paisley colored Volkswagen with face paint and big red noses.

  2. wvuandsteelers says: Aug 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    Clownin’ Around for Clowney?

  3. maxkingpin says: Aug 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    Seems like the right decision as of today. We’ll see what happens in the next week & a half.

  4. shackdelrio says: Aug 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    Tuel Time

  5. jayjumpers says: Aug 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    Somewhere Bill Belicheat is drawling…

  6. twilson962 says: Aug 26, 2013 12:53 PM

    Um, I’m picking up the Pats D immediately!

  7. trbowman says: Aug 26, 2013 12:53 PM

    Nothing surprises me anymore. Thad Lewis wasn’t bad against Pitt last year.

  8. socalmaverick says: Aug 26, 2013 12:54 PM

    What a Tuel!

  9. socalmaverick says: Aug 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    Jeff isn’t even the sharpest Tuel in the shed…..

  10. allnflfan says: Aug 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    If he survives against Detroit, that is.
    The words “Kolb to IR” or “Kolb released/injury settlement” cannot come soon enough. Glad this is getting sorted out before the season.

  11. vbbills says: Aug 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    I have been a Bills fan my whole life. We have had plenty of tools at quarterback.

  12. Bar None says: Aug 26, 2013 12:57 PM

    How badly do they wish they still had Fitzpatrick for a game or two? Starts strong…

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    If Tuel can’t go, the next man up is the team bus driver. He could also get the nod if he has a good week of practice.

  14. TheMorningStar says: Aug 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    Oh man, i saw Tuel the last time he started a season opener…when he was at Wash St. He played like crap.

    But, and it pains me to say this being a Patriots fan, it seems ANY QB can light New England’s porous pass D..and has (Orlovsky, Fitzpatrick, Kolb, etc).

    Maybe the kid will play ok. He couldn’t have asked for a better D to go against, save for the Saints or Packers.

  15. joetoronto says: Aug 26, 2013 1:00 PM

    Ay, caramba.

  16. clssylssy says: Aug 26, 2013 1:02 PM

    Despite all the jokes and negativity, Kevin Kolb’s concussion is a very sad end to a NFL career…but, it could be worse and at least at this point he could go on to enjoy his beautiful children and lead a good & active life. I’m sure he can make a life outside of the NFL or on it’s periphery in some capacity. Sometimes, you just have to know when to walk away and I’m hoping Kolb will choose to retire rather than continue to try to defy the odds with more head injuries!

  17. channelguy says: Aug 26, 2013 1:03 PM

    Tuel has been surprisingly competent in camp and the exhibitions. His arm isnt STRONG, but in short to intermediate routes, it seems good enough. Given that the Bills are run-first anyway, this isn’t a disastrous situation.

    On the other hand, Gilmore being out 8 weeks with a broken wrist IS a disastrous situation.

  18. luponatrix says: Aug 26, 2013 1:03 PM

    These “Tuel is a tool” jokes are hysterical and very original. I’m glad PFT has such a clever readership.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:07 PM

    Oh great. The Pats have a history of beating up on good QBs and making the unknowns that come in to replace them look like all stars.

    Maybe week 1 won’t be as easy a win as I thought it was going to be.

  20. scmems07 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    im going to be rolling on the floor if tuel starts beating teams takes the starting job for the season.

  21. southpaw2k says: Aug 26, 2013 1:09 PM

    Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the obvious question…..

    Who is Jeff Tuel?

  22. easternboltfan says: Aug 26, 2013 1:10 PM

    Meanwhile, 87 year old Vinnie Testaverde works out and waits by the phone for that inevitable phone call…

  23. multiplemiggs says: Aug 26, 2013 1:11 PM

    Jeff Tool haha what a joke. Yet for some reason the Jets are the embarrasment of this division? Boy I Love Losing Superbowls – BILLS

  24. rex1979 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:12 PM

    This is horrendous. That is all.

  25. skinsfanwill says: Aug 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    Parlay sheets will be missing the Bills games this season.

  26. facetooth says: Aug 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    Jeff Tuel? I’d rather start Jeff Corwin. At least he knows how to handle hog-mollies coming after him.

  27. getyourownname says: Aug 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    Bills are probably still in better shape than the Jets.

  28. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    So how does it feel to regret cutting Tarvaris Jackson?

  29. blackbug99 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    I’d take Tuel over the two Jokers, or should that be Jesters, they have on the Jets!!

  30. contactkylesmith says: Aug 26, 2013 1:18 PM

    WHY GOD, WHYYYY!!!!!!
    -Stevie Johnson

  31. jimmyt says: Aug 26, 2013 1:19 PM

    Thad Lewis would probably give them a better chance. On a side note, is it too much to ask for at least one other team in that division to realize that it is time to “blow it up” and rebuild instead of handing the division to the Patriots year after year after year?

  32. chiadam says: Aug 26, 2013 1:19 PM

    Patriots – 51
    Bills – 0

  33. raiderufan says: Aug 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    So the Jets lose Sanchez, the Bills lose Kolb and Manuel and the Raiders lose Matt Flynn….

    Don’t look now but my Raiders may have jumped a few spots in the power rankings!

    Smith is a bigger ball control concern than Sanchez…Tuel was the #3 until Saturday….and we get a QB who is at the very least exciting….

    That’s a W in my book! Small Victories this season! Small Victories!!!

  34. underrated49ers says: Aug 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    Looks like CJ Spiller is the new Adrian Peterson, will there be anything besides 8 man fronts against this offense?

  35. nygf says: Aug 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    ….who???

    The spread won’t be high enough for Week 1.

  36. homelanddefense says: Aug 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    “multiplemiggs says: Aug 26, 2013 1:11 PM

    Jeff Tool haha what a joke. Yet for some reason the Jets are the embarrasment of this division? Boy I Love Losing Superbowls – BILLS”

    ______________________________

    Gotta love a fan base that claims their back to back trips to the AFC Championship game as a huge feather in the cap, only to go on and make fun of others for losing 4 consecutive superbowls.

  37. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    Acronym of the day man. That is gold!

  38. whatjusthapped says: Aug 26, 2013 1:23 PM

    Don’t feel bad Bill’s fans, it could be worse, you could have Ponder at QB.

  39. jaysfan64 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    Sad thing is, the Bills still haven’t really replaced Jim Kelly yet…
    Once they do, then the real impressive trick will be replacing Frank Reich…

  40. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Aug 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    Why not Brad Smith?

  41. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 26, 2013 1:26 PM

    Go downey for clowney.

    And I just picked up new England’s defense.

  42. chazatlas says: Aug 26, 2013 1:28 PM

    Is the Matt Leinart era in Buffalo over already?! What happened to their QB with the beard, is he backing anybody these days?

  43. jayniner says: Aug 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    I thought the 49ers were the only team with 5 QB’s on their roster…

  44. dchetz says: Aug 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    Acronym if the day? Yeah, like 20-years ago

    You probably think saying “Whoomp, there it is!” is still cool.

  45. channer81 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    I’m not a Bills fan but Tuel looked very good against the Colts but very pedestrian against the skins..I think the kid could surprise some people, he may not have an amazing day but I bet he makes Jets fans jealous.

  46. browns627 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    Truth is often the favorite Tuel of those who deceive.
    -Bryant H. McGill

  47. flyerguy73 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:36 PM

    Can’t wait to see that train wreck!

  48. kgun80 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:38 PM

    Maybe just maybe it’s all a smoke screen maybe EJ is fine? Probably not.. Most likely not. But we can hope. Tuel isn’t terrible he’s had his moments but in no way is he a starter. He may have stolen the backup job because Kolb is just terrible but as much as I could hope for a miracle the Pats will probably crush them opening day. Guess I better bring an extra bottle for the tailgate.

  49. seattlecoug says: Aug 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    Go Cougs!

  50. Stiller43 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    What is the line for this game? Pats -21?

  51. cornholebrother says: Aug 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    channer81 says:
    Aug 26, 2013 1:34 PM
    I’m not a Bills fan but Tuel looked very good against the Colts but very pedestrian against the skins..I think the kid could surprise some people, he may not have an amazing day but I bet he makes Jets fans jealous.

    The Bills didn’t get a first down in he second half with Tuel.

  52. browns627 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    has anyone called don strock yet??? he’s still better option

  53. supesfan34 says: Aug 26, 2013 1:52 PM

    Tuel was a very good college QB when healthy. Injuries ruined his last season at Washington State, or he probably would’ve been drafted. I’m not surprised that he has looked pretty good in the pre-season.

    Go Cougs!

  54. corkspop says: Aug 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Tuel has looked good. Now he gets all the reps with the starters. I’m less worried about Tuel at QB than I am with Gilmore out at CB. And who are you people that think Thad Lewis at QB is a better choice? Really? Even though he hasn’t even met the team yet, let alone seen a playbook???

  55. pftisterrible says: Aug 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    The Bills trade a late draft pick for a serviceable backup QB in Tarvaris Jackson, keep him inactive all year, cut him in the offseason, and now are forced to start an undrafted rookie at QB in week one.

    What a joke of an organization

  56. steelers6rings says: Aug 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    Still better than the Jets’ situation.

  57. iammrbinky says: Aug 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    Tuel’s NFL experience is against the bottom of a 90 man roster in vanilla schemes. You’ll see a college point spread in this game.

  58. fordmandalay says: Aug 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    0-16.

  59. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    Tuel will be fine week 1, I think… Here’s the thing, he will have Chandler back and the entire 1st string ready to roll. I think Pettines D will help keep the loss of Gilmore to a minimum, ecspecially with Byrd back in the fold. This is a game where I think Stevie can really show that he is, or isn’t, a true #1. He needs to take command and make sure he is on his game, no turnovers, no dumb penalties, and make sure he bails Tuel out. If Jeff has time to throw, the offense will be alright, not great, but decent. The way the Pats were exposed by the Lions front 4 the other night is atleast making me think this game is winnable. Still leaning NE way unfortunatlely… Ne24-Buf14

  60. geefan1 says: Aug 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    Too bad they’re not playing the Jets in week one. They could broadcast it on Comedy Central.

  61. mackcarrington says: Aug 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    Sometimes you got to hit rock bottom before you start to climb back to the top.

  62. fireeyes111 says: Aug 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    Get well soon EJ. This team needs you.

    And I mean needs you BAD, because man… starting an undrafted rookie in your season opener against New England? Yeesh.

  63. fortunesmith says: Aug 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    Tuel would be the first rookie undrafted free agent QB to start an opening day game since 1967.

  64. miamizombie says: Aug 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    A man with a tool can get a job done better than a man without a tool

  65. FinFan68 says: Aug 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    jimmyt says:
    Aug 26, 2013 1:19 PM
    On a side note, is it too much to ask for at least one other team in that division to realize that it is time to “blow it up” and rebuild instead of handing the division to the Patriots year after year after year?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Not sure what you are trying to say here. The Bills and Dolphins have (on the roster right now) roughly the same number of players that were on their respective teams in 2010. It is less than 15 for both teams even when you count guys that were on IR and never played that year.

    The issue for the Bills seems to be blowing it up too often. How many times have they had to reorganize their roster because the scheme changed from the previous year? I think they should roll with Manuel for at least 3 years and keep the head coach for 5 regardless of how bad it might get.

  66. silverhornet says: Aug 26, 2013 2:40 PM

    Clown(ey) ‘em

    ?

  67. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    Isn’t this how Kurt Warner got his chance? Tom Brady? Tuel is about to rule.
    I hope you are all wrong and he kicks patriot but.
    You can hope for things like that living in Los Angeles. We don’t even have a back-up to root for.

  68. suggsbradycrowder says: Aug 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    If the Playoffs were to start today, the Pats would have the #1 seed… they are already 1-0

  69. toonloonboon says: Aug 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    tuel lips

  70. toonloonboon says: Aug 26, 2013 3:03 PM

    Despite all the jokes and negativity, Kevin Kolb’s concussion is a very sad end to a NFL career…but, it could be worse and at least at this point he could go on to enjoy his beautiful children and lead a good & active life.

    —–

    reply:
    right. i heard he’s making a pillow out of $100 bills to rest his head.

  71. furnhole says: Aug 26, 2013 3:06 PM

    Going to make their long miserable Winter longer and more miserable.

  72. tjacks7 says: Aug 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    toonloonboon says:
    Aug 26, 2013 3:03 PM
    Despite all the jokes and negativity, Kevin Kolb’s concussion is a very sad end to a NFL career…but, it could be worse and at least at this point he could go on to enjoy his beautiful children and lead a good & active life.

    —–

    Assuming he moves to a place where it never rains, the wind never blows, and he saved enough money to pay someone to put down a slip-free mat in front of him before he takes a step.

  73. thesilverbandit says: Aug 26, 2013 3:47 PM

    E.J. will start the season.

  74. xinellum says: Aug 26, 2013 4:03 PM

    Don’t fret Buffalo. I remember in Baltimore when Kyle Boller was injured and Troy Smith came down with a throat infection and lo and behold a rookie out of Deleware State of all places, a kid named Joe Flacco, who nobody knew, started. Not saying Joe is great but he is a Super Bowl MVP and has as many wins over the last 5 years as Manning, Rodgers and Brady. So who knows, sometimes when rookies start you end up with a surprise or he could be another Ryan Leaf.

  75. thefiesty1 says: Aug 26, 2013 4:43 PM

    The Bills are now on the clock for the first pick in next years draft on a coin flip with the Jets. That’s the only win for them this season.

  76. yanksbills says: Aug 26, 2013 4:54 PM

    At least I’ll be able to enjoy opening day now without the added stress of believing the Bills might actually beat the Pats again.

  77. kwickett85 says: Aug 26, 2013 5:01 PM

    He’s a Californian…. Cali boys don’t play good in Buffalo. Rob Johnson, JP Losman, Trent Edwards…all Cali boys.

  78. thetooloftools says: Aug 26, 2013 5:01 PM

    THIS IS MY MAN !!!!!!!!!!

  79. tedmurph says: Aug 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    The reason the Bills and the Dolphins can’t make progress against the Pats is they can’t find a QB in a QB league(Jets did it briefly w/D). How long has it been for both teams, look at the list. The draft is a crap shoot, but you can’t whiff every draft for yrs. Tannehill instead of RWilson. PWhite. Not drafting Dalton or Kaepernick when they were available. Paying Henne and FItzpatrick. Drafting Long instead of MRyan or Flacco. That and unstable coaching has been the story. Nice to have 5 or 6 wins on the board in August.

  80. nananatman says: Aug 26, 2013 5:40 PM

    Remember 1990 Bills fans, a QB that wasn’t supposed to play, Jeff Hostetler or something like that who wasn’t Phil Simms (who has an easily spellable name) and how well that can work out. Wide Right!)

  81. bills399 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:14 PM

    where do jets fans get off bragging about only getting to back to back AFC championships, then pathetically attempt to make fun of the bills who went to 5 AFC championships in 6 years….ACTUALLY WINNING 4 OF THEM. Another thing jets fans, u cant brag about winning a Superbowl when that was in 69 if u weren’t even born yet. You would have to be a minimum of close to 50 years old to brag about that.

  82. keepyerstickontheice says: Aug 26, 2013 6:44 PM

    “Tuel Time” is playing with house money.

    If he loses, he loses to Tom Brady in the twilight of his career, no shame in that. But if he wins, the goals posts come down and 80,000 fans carry him on their shoulders all the way to the Gold Dome.

  83. bigdaddydooko says: Aug 26, 2013 7:04 PM

    Upset pick of the year: Bills over the Patriots, week one.

  84. tedmurph says: Aug 26, 2013 7:46 PM

    bigdaddydooko says: Aug 26, 2013 7:04 PM

    Upset pick of the year: Bills over the Patriots, week one.
    ———————————————————-

    Only if you get three TDs. What will the upset pk be wk Tuel, I mean two?

  85. alldonesmith says: Aug 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    Ouch. Sorry Bills fans :/

  86. whodey420 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:56 PM

    I’ve got Stevie Johnson as a WR in one of my auto draft leagues! Guess he’ll be sitting on the bench come week 1! Might even offer him up for a trade!

    Wonder if anyone in my league is a Bills fan?
    I’ll have to check!

  87. multiplemiggs says: Aug 26, 2013 11:18 PM

    what jet fan bragged of two afc championships? Nowhere do i see that on this thread. The Toronto Bills are a disgrace, as are the Dolphins and neither team has won crap in years. The “circus” jets still embarrass them every year with a crap team and the patriots are bunch of cheaters. The whole division Is a joke.

  88. hjworton46 says: Aug 27, 2013 3:36 AM

    I wonder who the Bills are going to take as no.1 pick in next years draft ?

  89. FinFan68 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:47 AM

    hjworton46 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 3:36 AM
    I wonder who the Bills are going to take as no.1 pick in next years draft ?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Probably the best player available after the Raiders and Jaguars make their picks

  90. FinFan68 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:49 AM

    *Forgot to add the Jets (#1 overall) then Raiders and Jaguars

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