TEMPE, Ariz. If Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick seems unusually calm in the wake of his teams disastrous performances the past two weeks, well, thats because he is.
Hes always been that way, said Mike Reardon, Fitzpatricks coach at Gilbert Highland High School. Initially, I didnt know how to take him. I thought he was a teenager just shutting me off, but he wasnt at all. He absorbed everything, and he adapted to everything.
As an example, Reardon cites a game during Fitzpatricks junior year against state powerhouse Chandler Hamilton. The Hawks were down 17-0 early, and Reardon was venting his frustration with his offenses inability to run the game plan.
Im screaming: Ryan youve got to take control of that huddle! Youve got to get these guys going! We look like were intimidated! Reardon said.
He bends down and pull up his socks, so I said, Ryan, are you even listening to me?' He says, Yeah, and that was it. He didnt say another word. He just went back on the field, w...