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Doug Whaley says no plans for veteran QB in Buffalo

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The backup quarterback carousel took a spin on Thursday when Charlie Whitehurst jumped to the Titans and Kellen Clemens replaced him as the clipboard holder in San Diego.

That move is likely to shake Ryan Fitzpatrick loose in Tennessee, adding an experienced backup option for teams looking to make such an addition this offseason. Fitzpatrick was in Buffalo before joining the Titans and the Bills don’t have much experience on the depth chart, but General Manager Doug Whaley said Friday that the team isn’t looking for anyone at the moment.

“We are comfortable with where we are at the quarterback position,” Whaley said on WGR 550.

The Bills have E.J. Manuel heading into his second year after a rookie season compromised by a series of knee injuries that wound up costing him a big chunk of the preseason and six regular season games. Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel each started games in his place with Lewis playing well enough to make himself an option for the No. 2 job, but it seemed like a spot where the Bills might increase competition to be sure they’re as strong as possible behind Manuel.

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  1. jeffreyshulenburg says: Mar 14, 2014 9:01 AM

    I like this. You already brought in 2 coaches devoted to him, if that isnt enough, competition isnt adding anything but stress. We have talented backups if he gets injured. We are in a good place…this year

  2. bonerchamp says: Mar 14, 2014 9:07 AM

    Everyone knows that BJ Manuel has bust written all over him except the Bills FO. Shocker. Here’s to 15 straight years without a playoff birth!

  3. limitfive says: Mar 14, 2014 9:10 AM

    EJ will be fine if the front line can keep him upright more than last year and he doesn’t have to scramble for his life. Give the kid a chance! I think that Thad proved himself to be a very capable back-up. It’s all good! Why upset the apple cart?

  4. realnflmaster says: Mar 14, 2014 9:19 AM

    How can a franchise be this terrible for this long? Just move already!

  5. wvujess20 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:26 AM

    Just when I was starting to like Doug! Lets keep our current QB roster so this year when EJ gets hurt (which is going to happen) we can watch Tuel run around like a 6th grader at prom.

    I’m not going to knock Thad, but there are much better options out there… I hate to say it but Fitzmagic had no problem going to Tennessee as a mentor backup to Locker. You just have to address that EJ is the starter and not let the media start a QB controversy!

    Go Bills!!!

  6. iloveagoodnap says: Mar 14, 2014 9:29 AM

    If they dont have plans to draft another QB, this comes off as a bit foolish, but at the same time Thad proved to be a capable backup.

    On a positive note, this means no Vick, whih means I dont need to strongly consider a leap off of HSBC Tower.

  7. luther6 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:32 AM

    The last regime (which Brandon and Whaley have their fingerprints on) was so afraid of a QB controversy that it made some serious blunders. If these guys are wrong about Manuel, or if he gets injured, then this will be a mistake. Which means that it is a mistake.

    GMs and coaches make moves like this not out of strength but weakness. This is part of the weakness that has characterized the Bills front office for more than a decade. Painful.

  8. corkspop says: Mar 14, 2014 9:33 AM

    “Good” and “fine” don’t win championships. You need “spectacular” at this position. How many of the other 31 teams are saying to themselves… “If we could just land one of those Buffalo QB’s, we’d be set!”…?

  9. ddarlak says: Mar 14, 2014 10:03 AM

    We are talking about a backup QB right…. the guy you hope never sees the field….

    lets worry about players that you actually want on the field, you know making plays…. not holding clip boards…

  10. billsin20xx says: Mar 14, 2014 10:05 AM

    ““Good” and “fine” don’t win championships. You need “spectacular” at this position. How many of the other 31 teams are saying to themselves… “If we could just land one of those Buffalo QB’s, we’d be set!”…?”

    How many teams are saying that about probably 20 of the other teams, not just the Bills?
    Fitz is a good backup, but can’t take the team anywhere. If you bring in a backup you want one that might possibly help win.
    I bet you see one drafted again this year, in the later rounds. McCarron?

  11. steelerben says: Mar 14, 2014 10:12 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Fitzpatrick run out of Buffalo on rails because he was a “noodle armed QB that couldn’t win games”? How is bringing him back supposed to improve the position? And if not Fitzmagic, then who are you going to bring in? Mike Vick to start a controversy at the position? Mark Sanchez? Brandon Weeden?

    Superstar QBs aren’t just sitting around waiting for their phones to ring. And if you didn’t sign one, your best bet is to develop the guy you have. Manuel is basically entering year 1b of his career, you need to give him a few more games before placing a definitive label on the kid. Thad is a serviceable backup that is going to be able to run the same style of offense. If you’re down to your third string option, you’ve got plenty more problems to worry about than whether or not you have Rex Grossman sitting on the bench ready to go in.

  12. fiegln says: Mar 14, 2014 10:16 AM

    Go Dolphins!

  13. billsboy88 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:20 AM

    I could be wrong, but I think the Bills are still paying Fitzpatrick as part of the terrible contract they signed him to a few years back.

    With Fitz already accounting for a big chunk of dead money on the Bills salary cap, I find it hard to believe they would sign him to another contract.

  14. rrhess1529 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:28 AM

    If we don’t have a line to block it wont matter whos back ther..Need to many other positions filled, rome wasn’t built in a day…Go Bills

  15. ecnc30 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:45 AM

    EJ will be lucky to make it through preseason without another injury that takes him out of the lineup and he needs to play pre-season because he needs the reps and the experience. He will NOT make it through the entire season because he is injury prone, doesn’t” know how to take a hit, and is too stupid to learn how to run out of bounds. No playoffs for these guys and their college coaches again.

  16. jpaq68 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:04 AM

    EJ Manuel is the next coming of Blaine Gabbert, except it will take the Bills two or three years longer that it did the Jaguars to realize that he’s not a franchise (or even a starting) quarterback.

    Old Man Wilson will die never seeing his team break .500 before he goes.

  17. misteranderson41 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:35 AM

    bring back the Amish Rifle!

    i think whaley and the bills take Bama’s McCaron if he’s there in the 3rd

  18. catquick says: Mar 14, 2014 11:46 AM

    “If he gets hurt they’re screwed” shout the unwashed. I’d feel worse in NE is qb1 got hurt than here. Thsts true everywhere.

  19. evansvc says: Mar 15, 2014 9:48 AM

    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

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