Leach praises Tuel, but admits he has “never really won any games”

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Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel could start the first regular-season game of his NFL career, due to injuries suffered by EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb.  So how will the undrafted rookie do?

His most recent college coach, Mike Leach of Washington State, gave a candid assessment to Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“First of all when it comes to size and strength of all those things, he’s solid,” Leach said.  But Leach points out that Tuel has “never really gotten in a rhythm,” due to injuries and coaching changes.

“I’m kind of curious to see how it’ll turn out.  I know he’s a dedicated guy and a good student of the game,” Leach said.

“[H]e’s never really won any games,” Leach added, in reference to Tuel’s 4-22 record as a starter.  “And I think that doesn’t mean he’s a bad quarterback. . . .  Despite the fact he hasn’t had a lot he needs to go out there and expect success. . . .  He’s got a couple years where that wasn’t reinforced.”

So what will Tuel do if he has to start?

“I think his upside’s higher than the other people that have been brought in,” Leach said.

The other people are Matt Leinart and Thad Lewis — a pair of players who were available for a reason.  Now that Tuel has a chance to play with no pressure and even lower expectations, maybe he’ll provide the Bills with a pleasant surprise.

Which means, for Week One at least, staying within 30 points of the Patriots.

51 responses to “Leach praises Tuel, but admits he has “never really won any games”

  1. I’m a long time bills fan but if he has “never really won any game” then, he will fit right into the Buffalo Bills.

  2. I have faith in the fact that Jeff Tuel will give Buffalo 110% whenever he steps onto the field, whether its week 1 or week 12. Between his great work ethic and his willingness to step up when called upon, he’s got a good future in this league.

  3. Can’t really hold it against Tuel, though. Washington State was absolutely dreadful during his time there. The Cougars OL was one of the worst I’ve ever seen and their defense was beyond putrid.

  4. Can’t really hold it against Tuel, though. Washington State was absolutely dreadful during his time there. The Cougars OL was one of the worst I’ve ever seen and their defense was beyond putrid.

  5. Can’t really hold it against Tuel, though. Washington State was absolutely dreadful during his time there. The Cougars OL was one of the worst I’ve ever seen and their defense was beyond putrid.

  6. Give Tuel the start, they shouldn’t rush Manuel or Kolb back for any reason. Leinart has never proved anything besides being a bust. So Tuel or Lewis would be the best bet. New England seems to struggle against lesser known quarterbacks, as I’ve observed over the years.

  7. If the Bills defense can play like the Lions did in the preseason, Tuel has a shot at a win. Brady is unbeatable if he has time to make a throw, but if his line breaks down and Very Big Men are raging at him, he folds like a turtle on a highway.

  8. This is when Buffalo’s high paid defense (especially those who think they deserve to be paid a lot more) needs to show what they’re worth. We might lose because of an inexperienced QB but if Brady scores 35+ on us, it ain’t because of Tuel.

  9. Wow…4 college wins and now he is starting in the NFL? I wonder how many QB’s have started with that little college experience…
    Hopefully he doesn’t eat a lot before the game…

  10. I don’t follow the Bills a whole lot, but happened to have watched a few of their preseason games and thought Tuel did a reasonable job at QB. With the Bills btw a rock and a hard place at QB until Manuel returns, I am hoping for that ‘pleasant surprise’ outcome for Tuel’s first NFL start – what a great opportunity to be handed to him (although unfortunate that it came at others’ expense, of course)

  11. In other words, this team needs to do whatever it takes to bring Tim Tebow in to the fold. Proven winner, plus the fact that he absolutely outclassed EJ Manuel every time they played in college.

  12. I find it very “curious” that Manuel still isn’t ready to play after having a “minor procedure” on his knee. It’s been two weeks and counting and he still isn’t healthy so I’m ready to raise the BS flag on Bills management and coaching staff. I think it’s time they came clean on just how serious Manuel is hurt.

  13. “To stay within 30 points” Makes it sound like we have no D to stop anyone. I hope he surprises everyone and makes a fool out of the haters. The guy has a lot of upsides just give him a chance….can’t be any worse that Fitz who had no arm and this guy can throw down field and has better accuracy.

  14. @ Exboomer – It’s been 9 days since his knee surgery. Not, “2 weeks and counting”. The prognosis was out 2-4 weeks after the surgery.
    That means 2 weeks is the short side if everything is perfect. Two weeks = September 1st. The earliest they thought he would return to practice is Monday September 2nd. Pats game is the 9th. It’s perfectly plausible that a week after surgery they believe it’s now going to take a week or two more than the best case scenario and it sounds like good decision making to plan now for Tuel to have to start on the 9th. I’ll take a rookie with 3 weeks to prepare over a rookie coming off of knee surgery that hasn’t practiced in 3 weeks.

  15. Tuel has been interesting to watch during pre-season: good work on progressions, calm demeanor and good footwork.

    Some of the other posters here simply aren’t very intelligent. There’s a definitive change in the Bills this year and, while that may not translate to wins this year, they are a young, talented team that appears to be on the upswing. Should be fun to watch (for the first time since Doug Flutie was at the helm)!

  16. But how did Tuel do in the all-important stand-in-a-toolshed-after-being-concussed drill, Coach Leach? That’s what we all really want to know.

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