(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer It was a feel-good story while it lasted: Harvard quarterback gets the Buffalo Bills off to a surprising start and is rewarded with lucrative contract extension.
A year later, Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to only look at his inconsistent production and losing record to understand why the national attention and colorful ''Fitz-Magic'' references have disappeared, replaced instead by questions about his immediate future.
And general manager Buddy Nix didn't need to go public last week in expressing a desire to draft a ''franchise quarterback'' in order to get Fitzpatrick's attention.
''I understand what happens in the NFL. I understand that it's a performance-based business,'' Fitzpatrick said Wednesday, noting the two had a long chat in the GM's office. ''For quarterbacks, you have to win games or else.''
That now becomes the challenge for the ...