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Bills realize Fitzpatrick is not the answer

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11:28 AM ET 11.02 | Billis GM Buddy Nix came as close as he ever has to admitting Ryan FItzpatrick is not a franchise quarterback. Nix said he hopes the Bills will have an opportunity to acquire a franchise quarter, implying Fitzpatrick is not the answer. "I don't want to leave here without a franchise guy for the future in place," Nix told WGR. "I have not said that before but I'm saying it now because its fact." The Bills are 3-4 entering Week 9.

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November 2, 2012  11:31 AM ET

Doesn't seem like Mario is either!

November 2, 2012  11:32 AM ET

If the question is multiple choice, Fitzpatrick isn't even one of the options.

November 2, 2012  11:56 AM ET
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If the question is multiple choice, Fitzpatrick isn't even one of the options.

Ouch.

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November 2, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Funny, just a year ago, Fitzpatrick signed a 6 year, $59 million extension.

Buffalo's mistake..........

November 2, 2012  12:10 PM ET
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He may not be, but the defense is allowing 32.4ppg, last in the NFL.

Buffalo's 2nd mistake "Mario"........ain't so super without his supporting cast.

November 2, 2012  12:13 PM ET

WOW......... Buffalo makes alot of mistakes that are costly ones........Lot of money to pay two players at key positions that can't produce.

November 2, 2012  12:21 PM ET

The Texans weren't going to sign Mario for such large numbers. They had players that could do the job and probably a better fit for Phillips D. Same thing with the LB they traded to Phil. The media loved him but the Texans are doing fine without him. He didn't fit the scheme either. As far as Fitzpatrick, he's an ok backup. Alittle too streaky for my liking. Glad to see the Bills have come to their senses. Too bad it was after giving him a large contract.

November 2, 2012  12:46 PM ET

Bridgekeeper: "What is the ground speed of an unladen swallow?"

Sir Gailey: "Fitzpatrick."

November 2, 2012  12:57 PM ET

The problem in Buffalo is either that the GM doesn't correctly evaluate talent, or that the coach doesn't correctly use the talent provided, or both. I think it is primarily on the coach, but it is hard to tell from the outside. You can't really evaluate the players when the people making the decisions and calling the shots aren't doing their jobs properly. So at this point: keep the QB, fire the coach.

November 2, 2012  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Funny, just a year ago, Fitzpatrick signed a 6 year, $59 million extension.

... After which he reverted to what we all pretty much knew he was.

November 2, 2012  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Funny, just a year ago, Fitzpatrick signed a 6 year, $59 million extension.

And the very next week the Bills started losing - for 7 straight weeks.

November 2, 2012  01:43 PM ET

They should have asked somebody before they signed him to that contract...

November 2, 2012  02:38 PM ET

Trouble is, there are a lot of QBs who have played just well enough to get a large contract from their team as a result of hope (that they play this way all the time) and fear (that another team will sign them): Fitzpatrick, Derek Anderson a couple of years ago with Cleveland, Joe Flacco, Matt Flynn, Matt Cassell, to name a few. It's not just the Bills.

November 2, 2012  02:42 PM ET
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Trouble is, there are a lot of QBs who have played just well enough to get a large contract from their team as a result of hope (that they play this way all the time) and fear (that another team will sign them): Fitzpatrick, Derek Anderson a couple of years ago with Cleveland, Joe Flacco, Matt Flynn, Matt Cassell, to name a few. It's not just the Bills.

Fair enough. But I don't believe Flacco belongs in that group. He has been efficient in his five years and basically made the throw that should have taken the Ravens to the SB last year.

November 2, 2012  05:40 PM ET
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Funny, just a year ago, Fitzpatrick signed a 6 year, $59 million extension.

That is actually quite funny. He got $10 million up front and by now has, what, $16 million more? What Fitzpatrick needs to do is retire, but what the Bills need is a new GM.

 
November 2, 2012  10:22 PM ET
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Fair enough. But I don't believe Flacco belongs in that group. He has been efficient in his five years and basically made the throw that should have taken the Ravens to the SB last year.

Yeah I have to agree on Flacco he has shown that he belongs in the nfl maybe not in the conversation with Brees, Rodgers etc etc but certainly a viable player

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