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Posted on: September 27, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Revis likely out; Pace could be back

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Revis It doesn’t sound like Jets CB Darrelle Revis will play next Sunday vs. the Bills, but in some good news, it appears that LB Calvin Pace might see the field. 

Not playing Revis makes sense. The Bills QB situation is pretty ghastly – even with Buffalo releasing Trent Edwards today – and I wouldn’t expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to challenge New York’s secondary enough for the Jets to feel Revis’ absence. Plus, with a hamstring injury, the team will be extra cautious with Revis so this doesn’t become a long-term problem.

“He’s moving around better and he feels better,” Ryan told reporters, including the New York Post. “But you almost have to be 100 percent to play corner or you’re going to be facing this the whole season.”

Pace Pace, meanwhile, has missed all three games after breaking his foot in the preseason. But Ryan said Pace could return to practice Wednesday.

In Pace’s place, Jason Taylor has received much more playing time at outside linebacker than he originally might have expected.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:11 am
 

Edwards and then Fitzpatrick; where's Brohm?

B. Brohm will not be Buffalo's next starting QB. That honor goes to R. Fitzpatrick (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Bills announced Ryan Fitzpatrick would take over the Buffalo starting quarterback duties away from Trent Edwards, I wondered why they hadn’t turned to the youngest quarterback on the roster. The one we know the least about. The one who, for all we know, could be the best of the bunch.

I wondered why coach Chan Gailey hasn’t given Brian Brohm a shot.

We know what Edwards can do – a 60.9 career completion percentage to go with 25 TDs and 27 INTs and a guy who’s closer to a .500 record as a starter than you might think (14-18). We also know he’s been utterly unreliable this season. In effect, a disaster.

We know what Fitzpatrick can do – a 57.8 career completion percentage to go with 21 TDs and 27 INTs and a guy who’s not very close at all to a .500 record as a starter (8-14-1).

Neither has been a great NFL quarterback. Neither gives Buffalo fans much hope. So, I wondered, why not just start Brohm?

I talked with Bills Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak about this, and here’s what we determined.

Edwards is struggling mentally right now – yep, that’s what happens when you lose your first two games by a combined score of 49-17 – and he’s not throwing the ball vertically down the field, settling for checkdown after checkdown. Fitzpatrick sees the field better than Edwards, but he’s got less arm strength. Still, at this point, Gailey wants at least to try to get the ball to receivers down the field, and Fitzpatrick’s athleticism and smarts give him two other checkmarks.

Basically, it’s come down to the lesser of two evils. And for now, that’s Fitzpatrick.

But what about Brohm? Well, basically, it comes down to this: Brohm hasn’t performed well enough to win the coaching staff’s confidence. He wasn’t consistent enough at training camp – against the second- and third-string defenses, no less – and though we might see Brohm eventually (especially if Fitzpatrick plays like he’s played his entire career), he’s not ready to take over quite yet.

So for now, Buffalo gets Fitzpatrick. Maybe, we’ll see Brohm later in the year. Maybe, Edwards will regain the staff’s trust.

Either way, Buffalo will be experimenting in the basement of the AFC East.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:48 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 9:47 am
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: Quarterbacks droppin like flies

Posted by Will Brinson



Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .

Up until Kevin Kolb's concussion, it sure seemed like the only quarterback controversies we'd see this season would be on a bunch of crummy teams. Now, the Eagles could still end up stinking, but it sure doesn't look ilke that will be Michael Vick's fault -- through one-and-a-half games, he's been absolutely dominant on the offensive end, prompting pundits to point out that he may finally be maturing into the quarterback everyone wanted him to be in Atlanta.

So, yes, he will be making a LOT of money this time next year, thanks for asking. Because, as we'll detail shortly, there are plenty of teams in the NFL that could use a potential Pro Bowler who can rush for 100 and throw for 250 all in the same game.

But, having said all that, it's necessary to understand that Michael Vick won't be starting for the Eagles and there is no "technical" quarterback controversy.

For now.

Kevin Kolb will get the nod this weekend against the Jaguars who, fortunately for him, appear to be vulnerable through the air, sitting at 29th overall against the pass (an even 300 yards per game allowed).

Also fortunate for him is the game being played in Jacksonville, as far away from the only people who believe there's a debate about who to start under center (that would be the ever wonderful Philadelphia fans) for the 'Guls.

One good game from Kolb and we all go back to not freaking out about Vick starting, watching him perform well in spot action, and debating about who'll overpay him this offseason.

Well, at least until Kolb's next bad game anyway.

The same can't be said for a number of other quarterbacks in the NFL, though.

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Matt Moore, for instance, may never see the field as a Panther again. That depends solely on how Jimmy Clausen plays this Sunday.

Admittedly (I use that word because I'm a Panthers fan who also dislikes Notre Dame and therefor find myself consistently conflicted about Clausen), the team has looked better offensively during the short stretches that Clausen's played.

He's young and he seems like he might be a bit of a bag, but at least he doesn't try to do his best David Carr impersonation by hanging in the pocket for as long as humanly possible before making ill-advised decisions.

Which, you might have noticed, is what Moore's been doing.

Oddly, it never made sense that John Fox wouldn't bother using Clausen unless the Panthers season was completely down the drain; he seems destined to leave Charlotte regardless of the outcome for 2010. But the early move to the rookie presents an interesting situation -- if the Panthers reel off a slew of victories and make a run (they're not winning their division or making the playoffs, but they can at least try), maybe it gives Jerry Richardson some hope that Foxy can coach up the young franchise quarterback and give him reason to offer the long time coach a deal.

Of course, Foxy might tell him to get bent and it won't matter. But that's another story for another day.

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Buffalo's "controversy" is only "controversial" in that it involves multiple quarterbacks -- anyone who didn't think that Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards were going be taking turns as the official Bills hide-a-mole all season along hasn't followed that team closely enough.

Really, the only surprise is that Chan Gailey decided to make a move this quickly. Or is it that he waited this long? I can never tell with that team.

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Vince Young and Kerry Collins have been taking turns swapping jobs for as long as Reggie Bush has been immorally gripping a Heisman trophy. However, all indications from Jeff Fisher are that VY is still the QB and Collins' cup o' joe on Sunday was merely because of the Steelers defense and how poorly it matches up with Young's game.

(Aside: Pittsburgh's just good, y'all. People are going to have to start profusely apologizing to Peter King in February if Troy Polamalu stays healthy. Unless those same people drafted Ryan Mathews on their fantasy teams anyway.)

That doesn't mean that Vinsanity is free of getting the hook in the future though; he simply has to keep his head together moving forward, and not be the reason why the Titans beat themselves. That's entirely possible, although games against the Giants, Denver and Dallas aren't exactly that first week freebie Young got against the Raiders.

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Oakland is now a "controversy free zone." Or something -- Tom Cable doesn't want to talk about whether Bruce Gradkowski is going to start, he just wants to know why JaMarcus Russell is wearing a Jason Campbell mask and still on his roster.

It's really outstanding just how horrible Oakland has made Campbell; not that he was Jim Plunkett (well, he wasn't Plunkett to anyone that has a modicum of sanity remaining anyway) before, but it sure seemed like he could be a shade above mediocre and manage to help the Raiders make a run. So much for that though -- Campbell's been 30 of 52 for a TD and two INTs so far in the season, good enough for a stinker of a 61.9 QB rating.

Gradkowski isn't exactly Plunkett either, but at least he's not Curtis Painter. Although, in hindsight, maybe Painter's job would be a lot less difficult if he just got traded to Oakland and had the opportunity to back up someone who's not Peyton Manning.

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David Garrard is our final quarterback who got benched in Week 2 for poor play. Fortunately, he was able to pull a Judge Smails on Luke McCown's hamstring just before the backup led the Jaguars to their second score of the day, allowing Garrard to sneak in and toss a potentially job-saving TD.

The removal of Garrard in a painful blowout to San Diego is interesting, if only because he'd looked so stout in Week 1 while the Jags were dismantling the Broncos. Oh, and because everyone spent all preseason demanding that Jack Del Rio infuse controversial concern into the depth chart, only to have him firmly reject the notion that Garrard might lose his job.

It's safe to say that Garrard is safe to play … for now. But if the Jags keep sink further behind the leaders of what appears to be a very difficult division, people could get panicky.

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Jamaal Charles and Jerome Harrison have to have kidnapped the children of their respective coaches (Todd Haley and Eric Mangini). There's no other explanation for why they see so few touches despite being so clearly the better backs on their team.

And I hear you, Chiefs fans who say "HEY SHUT IT, WE'RE 2-0, HALEY RULEZ!1" Also those of you who say, "Excuse me, Mr. Brinson, but Charles really doesn't do that much damage with his carries" -- I hear you too. But the thing is, and this is the thing: why not, you know, actually utilize Charles? Not that he should get the rock 30 times a game in between the tackles -- that would be silly. But a screen or two perhaps? That's not so much to ask, right?

As for Harrison, he has fumbled plenty and he has seen some shoddy rushing behind a Browns offensive line that only seems concerned about getting to the golf course; it just seems like Mangini keeps putting him in worst-possible scenarios, like getting three straight carries while being backed up against his own end zone. Don't worry, though, Peyton Hillis is there to not punch it into the end zone!

But, hey, maybe Haley and Mangini just really appreciate having two running backs that can handle the rock. It's not a problem like with quarterbacks.

Unless you're in Philly, of course. Then it's a "beautiful thing".

Well, at least until that first next bad game from Kevin Kolb.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 3:49 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Another quarterback sent to the bench

Posted by Andy Benoit

Add Trent Edwards to the growing list of benched quarterbacks. The Bills have announced the Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start in Week 3 against the Patriots. Edwards has just 241 yards passing in Buffalo's two losses this season. His passer rating is 58.3. The Bills have scored only 17 total points. Need we say more? T. Edwards (US Presswire)

Like with the Panthers and Jimmy Clausen, it’s somewhat curious that the Bills would make this decision public knowledge so early in the week. The Patriots will now spend their time preparing for Fitzpatrick when they could have been wasting their time preparing for Edwards. But the Bills, at least, won’t spend their time denying rumors and dealing with a controversy these next few days.


Though both ineffective, Edwards and Fitzpatrick bring different characteristics to the table. Edwards is a more traditional pocket passer; Fitzpatrick is more improvisational. The Bills’ offensive line is bad, so having a quarterback with the mobility to elude a pass-rush is critical. Fitzpatrick provides the mobility needed to buy time, but he lacks the dynamic athleticism to be a playmaker. His greatest attribute is moxie, which is never a good sign.

Part of the reason Fitzpatrick focuses on eluding the rush is because he doesn’t have a strong enough arm to make throws downfield with bodies around him. That said, he’s at least willing to attempt those throws downfield. Edwards has been maddeningly cautious these first two weeks, settling for dumpoff passes the way Dancing with the Stars settles for B-list celebrities. Even in a desperate come-from-behind effort at the end of the Miami game, Edwards still didn’t look to stretch the field.

If Bills fans had a vote, they’d probably elect Brian Brohm to start. They can hold out hope. Knowing what we know about Fitzpatrick (who started multiple games in 2010), it wouldn’t be a surprise if Chan Gailey makes more quarterback changes this season.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: September 12, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Today's key inactive players (AFC)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Channing Crowder, LB, Dolphins:
This, of course, is not a surprise, but Miami will miss him on the inside of its 3-4 defense. Look for Tim Dobbins to get his playing time, but he's also gotten plenty of work in the preseason with Crowder's absence.

Michael Bush, RB, Raiders:
Darren McFadden will start, and that actually might not be the worst thing in the world for QB Jason Campbell. You have to like McFadden's veteran leadership, and he might actually provide some relief for Campbell.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots:
He was questionable coming into today's game, and with no one sure how Wes Welker will perform for a full game, losing your No. 3 WR is a tough blow against a Bengals secondary that will be tough. But look for rookie TE Aaron Hernandez to benefit.

Brian Leonard, RB, Bengals:
Unless you watch Cincinnati every week, you won't understand how big a blow this is for the Bengals. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better RB in the league at converting on third downs.

Brady Quinn, QB, Broncos: He's the emergency No. 3 QB, and though this move is relatively insignificant, it just confirms that Tim Tebow is officially the backup to Kyle Orton.

Matt Leinart, QB, Texans:
You surprised?

Ikaika Alama-Francis , LB, Dolphins: This is a bit of a surprise, because he had been battling with rookie Koa Misi for the starting spot. There had been some concerns about Misi's ability to hold the corner on running plays.

Brian Brohm, QB, Bills:
After a preseason QB battle with Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brohm is officially the No. 3 behind starter Edwards and backup Fitzpatrick.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Thomas is battling a foot injury, but this is disappointing for the first of Denver's first-round picks. Thomas practiced all week, but apparently, he's not ready to play.

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Bengals serious about signing Terrell Owens

CINCINNATI – Bengals owner Mike Brown and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis haven’t always agreed when personnel issues arise.

Brown fancies himself a redeemer – which is why the Bengals always seem to bring in players of ill repute – while Lewis is constantly trying to keep a harmonious locker room with no single individual who feels he can run amok. The most infamous disagreement occurred in 2007 when Brown re-signed WR Chris Henry over Lewis’ public objections.

Today at the annual Bengals media preseason luncheon, Brown seemed excited about the possibility of adding Terrell Owens, saying he looked into Owens’ eyes when the two met earlier this year and came away convinced Owens could add to the team without taking anything away. Lewis, at least in months past, hasn’t seemed keen on the idea of bringing on another receiver that attempts to hijack all the attention of the locker room.

But perhaps QB Carson Palmer changed his coach’s perception last week when he worked out with Owens in California and called to give Lewis his positive report.

“Carson’s comments to me … let’s just say … they resonate well,” Lewis said. “I know when Carson has something on his mind when he calls me and I call him back from an unknown number and he answers. I know something serious was on his mind.”

The Bengals, it turns out, are serious about wanting to sign Owens – who also is attracting strong interest from the Rams.

“We’re talking with his representatives and with him,” Brown said. “When he was here, I met with him personally. Privately, he’s not the same as his public image is depicted. He’s a pleasant person. He’s a quiet person. I found him engaging. I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing. If he chooses to come here, he could help our team. We’ll see how that plays out. It’s his decision.

“I judge him by what I see. There’s a lot of commentary about people who are in the public eye. Some of it is way overboard. Some it is because people don’t know the whole situation. Yes, people can make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player.”

The Bengals, from a personnel stance, don’t really need to make this move. Owens wasn’t great in Buffalo last year – though, to be fair, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the one throwing passes his way – and the Bengals have plenty of depth in their receivers room.

Chad Ochocinco is No. 1 and free agent acquisition Antonio Bryant – who the Bengals signed instead of Owens – is the No. 2 receiver. At best, Owens would be the No. 3 threat, but it’s clear Andre Caldwell would try to stake his claim there. Plus, rookie Jordan Shipley, an inside receiver, was impressive in offseason workouts and is a lock to make the roster. Cincinnati also has youth at the position with third-year player Jerome Simpson and second-year player Quan Cosby fighting with Matt Jones for the final roster spots.

“Somebody is going to get stifled,” Lewis said. “There’s no way around that. It’s one of the difficulties of professional sports is that balance. What is the best thing for 2010 and long-range and trying to fit that balance together.”

So, why bring in Owens? Simple, Brown said. He’s still a good player.

“He changes field position,” Brown said. “He makes a lot of long plays, plays that win games. I’d rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Somebody likes Trent Edwards - today at least

J. Kelly with Darius Rucker (Getty) Well, it seems like Buffalo QB Trent Edwards – who will compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm for the starting position when training camp opens – has impressed at least one casual observer. The same casual observer who said eight months ago that perhaps the Bills should move on without Edwards on the roster.

The casual observer is former Bills star QB Jim Kelly, who told the Buffalo News Friday night that he hopes Edwards wins the starting job.

"I know Trent, I've known him for a couple of years and I think everyone hopes that one guy will step up," Kelly told the News’ Rodney McKissic.

Last November, of course, Kelly told USA Today a different story in regards to Edwards.

"I like Trent personally," Kelly told USA Today. "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."

It sounds like Kelly - who's rocking out with Hootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker in the picture to the right (I use the term "rocking out" rather loosely in this case) - himself is confused by just what in the heck what he’s thinking. But Edwards, I’m sure, will take it.

For the record, I agree with the Jim Kelly of 2010. Unlike the Jim Kelly from 2009, I also think Edwards should be the starter in Buffalo this season.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:21 pm
 

Gailey comments on QBs, Lynch

In a session with the media that completed mini-camp, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey had a couple interesting comments – most notably on the three-way race for starting quarterback and on RB Marshawn Lynch’s status.

Gailey – who has said he will have a pecking order between Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm to see who will win the quarterback job – won’t tell his players who’s where in the pecking order until they return for training camp next month.

Though it stands to reason that Brohm likely will be No. 3 on that list (my guess is that Edwards will beat out Fitzpatrick for the right to steer that offense), Gailey has been impressed with Brohm’s performances lately.

“The last two weeks, he’s made a jump,” Gailey said. “I thought he practiced well. We’ll have to see how that progresses once we get pads on. But he made a good jump.”

Gailey also talked about Lynch, who missed much of the offseason workouts before returning in the middle of June. He, according to Gailey, still has plenty of work to do before he can compete for a spot on the team.

“I don’t think he’s caught up,” said Gailey, who went five months in his new job before he actually met Lynch. “You can’t miss that much and be caught up. But he seems to be a fairly quick study.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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