The Buffalo Bills haven’t wasted any time since the firing of Dick Jauron on Tuesday to start making changes.
Perry Fewell was named the interim head coach, and his first decision came down yesterday when he announced that the club would start Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday over former starter Trent Edwards—a move we all could see coming given Edwards’ struggles this season. Mike Shanahan’s name has been bounced around the rumor mill, and owner Ralph Wilson has stated that no job would be safe.
We knew change would occur, but what I am curious about is the signing of quarterback Brian Brohm from the Green Bay practice squad, which was confirmed last night—because this should all but signal the end of Edwards as the Buffalo QB.
We don’t know much about Brohm as a pro except that he was beaten out by Matt Flynn in Green Bay to back up starter Aaron Rodgers, and that we often don’t see second-round QBs hanging out on the practice squad. But that is besides the point for the Bills, because they obviously see some sense of a future for him in Buffalo. They cut QB Gibran Hamdan today to make room on the roster for Brohm, and in doing that—along with his two-year deal—he may just be part of the bigger future for Ralph Wilson’s Bills.
Edwards is certainly not. Anyone you talk to inside of the Bills’ facility will tell you the same thing—he is struggling. Terrell Owens hasn’t produced, Lee Evans hasn’t produced and this offense as a whole has been a disappointment.
Fewell’s decision to sit Edwards has just moved the process forward of making a permanent change at the QB position in the future. As our own Mike Lombardi wrote the day that Jauron was let go, the Bills need a size/speed team to compete in the elements, and Edwards doesn’t provide that. He doesn’t have the arm to throw the ball down the field in the weather, and he doesn’t have the ability to make plays for the offense that the Bills want to be.
Could Brohm do that? We don’t know, and anything we do say is speculation until he is given a chance with his new team. Yes, it is obvious that he wasn’t a fit in Green Bay, as he struggled when given opportunities in the preseason to win not only the backup job but a roster spot. However, the Bills and their scouts obviously have something in mind for the former Louisville star.
One scout I talked to compared Brohm's arm strength to that of Matt Ryan’s in Atlanta. Is that good enough to win in December at Ralph Wilson Stadium? The Bills are going to find out, as they will with plenty of changes that are sure to come.
Edwards was just the first victim of that change.
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