Quarterback search must continue in Buffalo

The quarterback position in Buffalo has been a hot topic since the end of the 2009 season. Trent Edwards’ name has been brought up countless times. Does he stay? Is he a fit for new head coach Chan Gailey’s offense?

Lots of questions for the Bills and their quarterback situation, plus lots of ways to spin it, analyze it and speculate on where this franchise is heading. But the bottom line is that the Bills need a quarterback that can win against New England.

All of that other talk is fine, but until this franchise can beat Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, it doesn’t matter. And, let’s not forget about Miami and the Jets—because they are right there at the top of the AFC East race as well.

Recently, Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News wrote a piece where he gave a 50% chance—or higher—that Edwards is back in Buffalo next season, adding that Gailey may want to see what he has in Edwards for at least one season before he pulls the plug on the former Stanford QB.

Gaughan goes on to speculate on the Bills’ chances to land a QB elsewhere, using names such as Michael Vick—one I still like—and Donovan McNabb if the Eagles are looking to trade their franchise QB and hand over the starting gig to Kevin Kolb, and of course, the draft.

Good ideas, but that is what this time of year is for.

But, my opinion on Edwards hasn’t changed. He has had his opportunities to show us what he can do as a starter in this league, and after a while, you have to go a different direction when the production isn’t there.

Owner Ralph Wilson wants a QB who can throw the ball down the field. That’s no secret, and you have that with Vick. I am not going to put him in the upper category by any means when we are talking about the league’s best, but he does have the arm and the athletic ability to produce points and wins for the Bills.

The draft? Most likely Sam Bradford will be scooped up by the time the Bills pick at No. 9, and as Gaughan mentioned, Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen could be available if he slides past Washington and Seattle—which I see as unlikely. Do the Bills move up come April and make a deal to snatch a QB like Clausen?

Sure, lots of ideas, but the one thing I am going to stand by is that Edwards has had his chance. And even with a new coach and a new offense, if there is a player, a Vick, a McNabb, a Jason Campbell, a Troy Smith or a top-ten rookie, the Bills need to pull the trigger and find a QB who can beat Brady, Sanchez and Henne.

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For more on the Buffalo QB situation, check out this article from Bleacher Report.

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