Tarvaris Jackson still not ready to be Bills backup


The Bills traded for Tarvaris Jackson to give themselves an upgrade over Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young at backup quarterback, but it will still be a little longer before Jackson is ready to play that role.

Jackson is still immersing himself in the Bills offense after the late August trade that brought him to Buffalo. That means that Thigpen was the backup against the Jets in Week One and that he will be filling the same role when they face the Chiefs in their home opener. Coach Chan Gailey suggested it might not be the last week with that setup in place.

“He’s still not ready to go,” said Gailey, via Chris Brown of the team’s website. “He’s still got a lot to learn. That was a tough situation he was in and he’s still learning the whole system. He is.”

It was hard to expect things to play out any other way given the point in the season when Jackson was acquired, but it’s less than an ideal situation for the Bills in the event that they need to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick. While you’d expect the team to figure out a way to get Jackson up to speed should they need someone other than Fitzpatrick to start a game, Thigpen would be the only option in the middle of a contest and Jackson’s presence makes it clear that isn’t something that fills the Bills with great comfort.

10 responses to “Tarvaris Jackson still not ready to be Bills backup

  1. TJoke will never be a competent backup for anyone. He has been given many starting opportunities on high talent teams (see 2007 and 2008 Vikings) and he has been a major flop.

    The best backup the Bills have will remain Tyler Thigpen. Even when TJoke is deemed ‘ready’ by the coaching staff, he never really will be because he doesn’t have what it takes between his ears.

  2. Plain and simple……TJoke is very athletic but his problem has always been the empty space between his ears. After four years in Minny, they had the playbook scaled down to where it could’ve been put on “twitter” and TJoke still didn’t have a clue.

  3. I think Chan needs to get over his ego and let these guys play. I know T Jackson may not be the smartest quarterback but he should be able to do enough to get by. Last season when spiller was on the bench for months cause he couldn’t get the offense, now we have tj graham inactive because he doesn’t get the offense while fellow rookie Stephen Hill is lighting the bills up with 2 tds…

  4. Man…..there are a LOT of haters pouring in off of one game. People have been predicting 10-6, and now that they’re 0-1, they are now the #1 overall pick in the draft. Let me give you guys a hint…..you expect a team to lose a game if you predict them to go 10-6. Just throwing that out there.

  5. Note to Coach Gailey rip a page from the great Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys, if the offensive playbook is so difficult for the majority of your players, maybe, you need to re-evaluate the playbook. Yes, you might be a genius, but a losing genius. After watching Sunday game, I question the coach, why would CJ Spiller be on the bench when he is clearly the better player.

  6. I don’t think it was the intention to bring Tarvaris in and immediately have him be the No. 1. Fitzpatrick can get it together still, but in the event he can’t, Tarvaris has been learning the inticacies of the offense and will be ready to go soon. It was a total blunder on the part of the Seahawks to let him go, but a coup for the Bills to pick him up. He’s one of the best backups in the league and would be able to transition seamlessly to the starter’s role if need be.

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