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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.

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51 Responses to “Leach praises Tuel, but admits he has “never really won any games””
  1. jrcoop says: Aug 26, 2013 9:34 PM

    Be afraid Patriots, be very afraid.

  2. icebowler says: Aug 26, 2013 9:36 PM

    The Patriots are in big trouble against a QB they have no “film” on.

  3. packfntk says: Aug 26, 2013 9:37 PM

    Ok, before we get too many “tuel=tool” comments, lets just put it to rest. It’s not clever anymore.

  4. truthfactory says: Aug 26, 2013 9:40 PM

    The AFC East is going to be so weak this year. Pats will basically have 5 BYE weeks, and Buffalo should just consider a forefit in week 1.

  5. 509seahawks says: Aug 26, 2013 9:40 PM

    go cougs!

  6. mwitt5148 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:43 PM

    Tuel’s is a feel good story. Hope he makes the most of his chance. And huge credit to their scouting department for finding him.

  7. cwk22 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    Rooting for the guy to be successful and live his dream.

  8. peopletrains says: Aug 26, 2013 9:46 PM

    I kind of like this kid. I hope he plays well.

  9. offthelows says: Aug 26, 2013 9:47 PM

    The story should say:

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

  10. cavington says: Aug 26, 2013 9:48 PM

    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.

  11. EJ says: Aug 26, 2013 10:00 PM

    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.

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    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.

  13. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    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.

  14. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    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.

  15. justchuckn says: Aug 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    bad luck buffalo

  16. swaggyy says: Aug 26, 2013 10:02 PM

    Yeah cause he had so much talent around him, Mike.

  17. calminknowledge says: Aug 26, 2013 10:05 PM

    Maybe Jeff will start week 1.
    Maybe coach Marrone is Tuel-ing with the media.
    Nassib looked good in his system, I bet Tuel will too.
    Go bills!

  18. proudlycanadian says: Aug 26, 2013 10:08 PM

    It is a team sport and while in college, he played for a team that was quite bad.

  19. tolan04 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:16 PM

    I never thought I’d miss fitz during a time like this.

  20. skinsfaninok says: Aug 26, 2013 10:17 PM

    hope for Buffalo he is the next “out of No where stud ” they deserve it

  21. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 26, 2013 10:18 PM

    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.

  22. draculalambert says: Aug 26, 2013 10:20 PM

    think Tom Brady, 2001…

  23. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 26, 2013 10:24 PM

    Well, Mike Leach landed at Washington State because Craig James is a tuel.

  24. fatguystrangler says: Aug 26, 2013 10:29 PM

    Pats in week 1? Talk about baptism by fire for the kid. Mike Leach is a tuel.

  25. steelers6rings says: Aug 26, 2013 10:32 PM

    Winning is not a job requirement for the Bills.

  26. edwinmoses says: Aug 26, 2013 10:38 PM

    so is Tuel speaking in the 3rd person or is that a misquote

  27. ydousuk says: Aug 26, 2013 10:44 PM

    Maybe the problem was the coaching?

  28. barometerrrrising says: Aug 26, 2013 10:44 PM

    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.

  29. corkspop says: Aug 26, 2013 10:45 PM

    This kid’s good. Take the Bills and the points.

  30. footballradioshow says: Aug 26, 2013 10:47 PM

    At least they have it better than the Jets. Anxious to see EJ get healthy and back in there. Hopefully he only missed Week 1

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 26, 2013 10:50 PM

    PAC 12 is a tough conference. You have to be a great quarterback to win there. Like…..uhhh….some of those USC guys……

  32. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 26, 2013 10:54 PM

    How the f do you get to the NFL when you go 4 – 22 in college?

    By that standard I should play on the PGA tour. I’ve never broken 80 but I’m dedicated.

  33. yanksbills says: Aug 26, 2013 11:12 PM

    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.

  34. doublezero74 says: Aug 26, 2013 11:21 PM

    Call me crazy, but this is just the type of guy to go off on the Pats. They love turning giving up big games to hack QBs

  35. dallashomer says: Aug 26, 2013 11:32 PM

    Am I the only one who finds this situation hilarious?

  36. bennyb82 says: Aug 26, 2013 11:43 PM

    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…

  37. thetooloftools says: Aug 26, 2013 11:59 PM

    He’s my hero !

  38. therealraider says: Aug 27, 2013 12:25 AM

    My 4 team week 1 parlay is NE over BUF, PIT over TEN, TB over NYJ and K.C over JAX. #WINNING

  39. anygivensundayfan says: Aug 27, 2013 1:07 AM

    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)

  40. crj202 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:34 AM

    Lol! This ought to be fun to watch

  41. z561 says: Aug 27, 2013 2:10 AM

    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.

  42. exboomer says: Aug 27, 2013 7:49 AM

    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.

  43. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Aug 27, 2013 8:29 AM

    A 4-22 record makes him a perfect fit with the Bills franchise.

  44. fordmandalay says: Aug 27, 2013 8:32 AM

    Isn’t it time for the Bills to become an Indoor Football League team?

  45. rnt2000 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:15 AM

    “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.

  46. itsjustmyopinionbut says: Aug 27, 2013 9:47 AM

    @ 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.

  47. whitdog23 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:07 AM

    who’s to say the “other people” are leinart and lewis? I think coach leach was referring to manuel and kolb

  48. nytroutdog says: Aug 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    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)!

  49. mackcarrington says: Aug 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    Yikes… Shades of Dan Darragh and Ed Rutkowski!!

  50. seabronco says: Aug 27, 2013 2:52 PM

    He truly is an awful qb, I used to watch him play in college and he was crap. Yeah he was good for wsu, but that doesn’t mean much.

  51. nekelund says: Aug 27, 2013 10:32 PM

    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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