Bills planning to start Jeff Tuel in Week One

AP

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.

90 responses to “Bills planning to start Jeff Tuel in Week One

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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!!!

  10. “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”

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    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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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???

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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?
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    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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!)

  29. 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.

  30. “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.

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

    Upset pick of the year: Bills over the Patriots, week one.
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    Only if you get three TDs. What will the upset pk be wk Tuel, I mean two?

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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 ?
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    Probably the best player available after the Raiders and Jaguars make their picks

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