Brandon Beane “still in the process” of finding franchise quarterback

AP

Bills General Manager Brandon Beane hasn’t talked specifics of the team’s plans at quarterback for the 2018 season, but it’s a good bet that Tyrod Taylor isn’t front and center in them.

The Bills owe Taylor a $6 million roster bonus if he remains on the team into the new league year and Beane’s comments go along with Taylor’s midseason benching as clear signals that the team is looking elsewhere. Beane said on WGR 550 that the teams that consistently make the playoffs are the ones with franchise quarterbacks and that the Bills are “still in the process of getting that accomplished.”

Beane said he’s seen all of the quarterbacks that could go in the first round, but declined to share his thoughts on them. He did say that the call to bring any of them to Buffalo would come from him.

“It’ll be a collaborative deal, [but] at the end of the day, it’ll be my decision to make,” Beane said. “Sean and I will talk things out, and we talk out a lot of things. Everyday stuff here, things that happen in the week, in the games, and we talk about those decisions and plan them out. We will go through a lot of those scenarios leading up into the draft, but you do have to have one final voice to make that call. I’ll do that, but everything will be a collaborative [effort]. Sean will be very involved in the process.”

The Bills could also go the free agent route, but their six picks in the first three rounds give them a lot of ammo to use to target and go after a quarterback that catches their eye at the top of the draft.

19 responses to “Brandon Beane “still in the process” of finding franchise quarterback

  1. With 6 picks in the first 3 rounds the Bills should be able to draft talent to fill needs, including QB. I’m not sure how comfortable I am with starting a rook week 1 though.

  2. We always think we know which college QB’s are going to be good pro’s, and sometimes we do. But most of the time the QB’s don’t get drafted in the correct order according to how they end up playing as pro’s. Just because the Bills pick later doesn’t mean for one second that they’re not going to have the opportunity to draft the best QB prospect in this draft. Running backs and cornerbacks are pretty easy to see because those positions are 95% physical. QB is 95% mental, so that gets a little complicated. That’s why I laugh every time I see scouts and coaches attending workouts for QB’s. They’re only seeing 5%, yet they often make their decision based on that. No wonder Brady and Montana went late in the draft. Hopefully Beane is smarter than most scouts and coaches.

  3. CharlieCharger – If corners and running backs are easy to see why is it routinely teams at the top miss but teams at the bottom come up with a late round find? Because every position is hit or miss to say otherwise is incorrect. Do you hear about qb misses more? Yes because if your a 3rd round qb your still expected tonbe the future of your a 3rd round corner their hoping more of a nickel guy so in other words expectations are lower.

  4. .
    The Bills have lost consistently to the Patriots for one main reason…. The Patriots have Tom Brady.

    I think Buffalo knows that this is the year to parlay their draft capital into a top shelf QB pick. I would look for them to move up to #3 or #4 (Indy and Cleveland)
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  5. If you’ve followed the NFL for a longish time, it was an unbelievable team the Bills had from late 80’s into the 90’s. One kick away from at least some recognition. It was the beginning of Belichick’s legacy, taking away the best receiver who ever crossed the middle. And Reed was. Period.

    To this day, they literally had, on paper and on the field the best ‘window’ a team ever had. The Vikings were a distant 2nd. The Bills were that good.

    As a Giant fan, I root for the Bills 2nd, them being the only team in left NY. I hope they get a break and pick the right guy. They seem to be headed in the right direction with the rest of the franchise.

    I know people don’t want to hear Alex Smith but he won’t lose you games. He also played for Reid who might be a genius but loses brain cells mid game. Get Smith and throw a dart in the draft. The window is opening…

  6. Its actually 5 picks in the first 3. We traded away a 3rd for KB.

    Regardless, this FO will be remembered by how well they do in this offseason. IMO, pick up a veteran FA QB (I like Teddy)and get Rudolph at #21. Keep your picks and solidify the defensive side of the ball with DT/LB.

  7. 6ball says:
    January 12, 2018 at 11:07 am
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    The Bills have lost consistently to the Patriots for one main reason…. The Patriots have Tom Brady.

    I think Buffalo knows that this is the year to parlay their draft capital into a top shelf QB pick. I would look for them to move up to #3 or #4 (Indy and Cleveland)

    No the Bills have lost consistently to the Patriots because the AFC East is a terrible division, and has been for most of a generation. Tom Brady in Cleveland or in Miami or say, Buffalo wouldn’t be the same. He would just be Tom Brady. TB is only good because of Bill Belichick, and the Pats only have the record they do because they play in a weak division.

  8. As per Joe Montana: I had a friend who went to Notre Dame. He was good friends with Montana’s favorite receiver Chirs Haines.

    He and Haines thought Montana was a bit aloof but swore up and down he was a 1st round pick and superstar waiting to happen. What a homer…and correct. But I still think Montana was a system QB with a great team.

    On the other hand,

    If you couldn’t see Marino’s talent, you were blind The good ole boys shouldn’t have watched reefer madness.

    Some of them jump out at all of us, some are head scratchers. Hackenberg, Manziel, Really?

    If you can’t hit the broad side of a barn or are not a ‘gym rat’ , you have zero chance in today’s NFL. No way Namath was a gym rat, he would not succeed today.

    PS

    Bert Jones is the most talented QB I’ve ever seen play. Rosen can pass like that. But the body…

  9. I am hoping the Bills attempt to make a trade with Kansas City for Alex Smith or Cousins from Washington instead of gambling on a rookie QB. Going with a veteran would also give Buffalo the chance to shore up their weakness at positions like LB, G, WR & DT with the six draft picks in the first three rounds.

    With Smith you know as long as you can keep him upright he can ball with the best of them… he doesn’t even require a strong stable of receivers, just a strong O-line.

    Cousins would be the most ideal since he is still fairly young, mobile, strong armed for the bad weather and accurate. He wouldn’t be cheap, but I believe you would get quick results with him under center instead of waiting a year or two with a rookie.

  10. reddzen says:

    January 12, 2018 at 11:28 am

    6ball says:
    January 12, 2018 at 11:07 am
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    The Bills have lost consistently to the Patriots for one main reason…. The Patriots have Tom Brady.

    I think Buffalo knows that this is the year to parlay their draft capital into a top shelf QB pick. I would look for them to move up to #3 or #4 (Indy and Cleveland)

    No the Bills have lost consistently to the Patriots because the AFC East is a terrible division, and has been for most of a generation. Tom Brady in Cleveland or in Miami or say, Buffalo wouldn’t be the same. He would just be Tom Brady. TB is only good because of Bill Belichick, and the Pats only have the record they do because they play in a weak division.

    ——–

    Pats record vs. non-divisional opponents since 2003: 139-40, or 77.6%
    Since 2008: 88-28, or 75.8%
    Since 2015 (last 3 seasons): 29-6 or 82.6%
    Sure, the division hasn’t been great, but to say the pats only have the record they do because of a weak division is laughable.

  11. This is the time to make a strong run at Kirk Cousins. If that fails, then the best QB in the Draft after a couple of teams waste early picks on the two California duo. Go get the guy that puts the team on his back and wins games. Don’t settle for the guy who doesn’t lose them (Alex Smith).

  12. To say the pats are only this good because if the division is a joke. Sure there may not be as many division titles if they were in with Pitt and Baltimore but maybe, it’s the other way around. If the pats weren’t in the division, Buffalo would have made a few more playoffs. Tom Brady has their number, itnis whatvit is. When he is not there anymore, it becomes a more level playing field but I can’t imagine New England just sucking

  13. Alex Smith won’t go to Buffalo, not only is he a horrible fit for Buffalo but with teams like Arizona in the mix who will be in the Alex Smith sweepstakes, AZ is the far better pick as the next landing spot for Smith. Reid will send Smith likely where he wants to go if they have a few choices in a trade, Arizona fits Smith far better. Smith’s arm isn’t made for Buffalo, AZ’s warm weather and dome stadium is a far better fit and Arizona is also a better more stable franchise w/ a better team in place. It will likely cost a 2nd round pick to get Smith which AZ would have no issue giving up .

  14. I love the weak AFC East chatter….ok boys how does your team do against Brady??? Poorly I thought so. The AFC East on average goes like 1-5 against the Pats every year. They win 16%-25% of the games, meaning you need to go 10-4 against EVERYONE else just to make the playoffs. Assume you split AFC East games, you got 4 losses in the division, leaving you what 1-2 games to lose ag everyone else. You other divisions are funny. Cleveland, Houston, Jax (recently), Tenn, whatever team is bad in the AFC West…..plop Buffalo in the AFC South or give them a few shots in the North or West and in the last 17 years they’d have made playoffs a few times….. NE dominates everyone so stop looking like a moron and say AFC East is weak. Buffalo went 3-1 ag the AFC West and 2-2 against the NFC South. We aren’t even a goodish team so bring it. and yeah I hate NE too, but stop silly uneducated AFC EAST is weak sauce

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