Jim Kelly goes both ways when it comes to Trent Edwards
So, which way is it, Jim?
The former Buffalo Bills quarterback has apparently done a 180 when it comes to Trent Edwards, the often embattled current quarterback of the Bills. It’s either a 180 or Kelly is now speaking out of both sides of his mouth.
Never one to hold back when it comes to his opinions on the team, Kelly has now shared two diametrically opposed opinions when it comes to Edwards. The Hall of Famer told the Buffalo News on Friday that Edwards is the starting quarterback for new coach Chan Gailey this season.
“I hope it's Trent,” Kelly told the newspaper at a Buffalo Bisons game where his charity was having an event. “I know Trent, I've known him for a couple of years and I think everyone hopes that one guy will step up.”
That doesn’t jibe with what he said back during the middle of last season when he basically flamed Edwards in USA Today.
“I like Trent personally," Kelly said at the time. “He works hard. But he's had three years. It's time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I'm the owner, that's what I'm thinking.”
This time around, Kelly is pointing the finger at former coach Dick Jauron and a lousy offense and apparently that is why he’s now willing to give Edwards a amulligan.
"Everyone talked about the thing between me and Trent and the bottom line is he didn't have an offensive line last year with all the injuries, and he had a system that I totally thought stunk," Kelly said. "It's a new start, not many people get a third opportunity to show what they can or cannot do.
"He's a good kid and he works hard. He's got the ability but I hope he gets in a system and has some healthy guys in front of him. It's unfair to judge someone to totally over the season when a guy has an offensive scheme that I was mind-boggled that they stayed with.”
The other choices are Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm making Edwards a clear favorite from our vantage point. Kelly doesn’t have a lot of credibility on this one any longer, though.
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