Time is running out on Bills' Edwards
The Buffalo Bills QB battle this summer out in western New York between Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t grab a lot of national headlines. I get that, but I am still curious to see how it plays out—because I want to see how Edwards responds.
Yesterday, Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reported that Edwards took all of the first team reps in OTAs. I have never bought into who gets reps in the spring, but isn’t this where Edwards should be come training camp?
I like the opportunity here. When a new coach comes in—especially an offensive coach—the QB gets a fresh start. Yes, Chan Gailey, along with new GM Buddy Nix, have watched all of last season’s film when it comes to Edwards. But, this is a new scheme, a new playbook and a new way to practice from an offensive perspective. And, Edwards needs to take advantage of that—especially in August.
The coaching staff will chart every throw that these three QBs make once camp officially opens up. They will watch them throw to receivers in one-on-one drills, examine their footwork in 7-on-7 and look to see how they command the huddle during the 11-on-11 team periods of practice.
But, the preseason games are when Edwards can take this job. Run the basic offense, move the football and score touchdowns in what we consider throw away games on Friday nights in August. Show the new coaching staff that you can handle the most vanilla of offensive packages. Do that and you will get rewarded when this Bills team actually starts to game plan for week one and throughout the regular season. Then we will see the multiple personnel packages, the exotic plays, etc.
To get there he has to prove that he is a starter in this league. That means producing for the new staff this summer and then winning football games come September—and staying healthy. Part of being accountable and part of being a QB in this league. Beat New England and force this coaching staff to keep him around next season and start building a winner.
We know time is running out on Edwards, but we can’t doubt the opportunity he has right now. The Bills passed on drafting an impact QB in this year's draft, but that won't happen again if this club doesn't win in 2010.
Beating out Fitzpatrick and Brohm? Should be easy if we still see the former Stanford QB as a starter in the NFL.
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