Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 1/14/12
First of all, let me say that I think Ryan Fitzpatrick is a decent quarterback. By decent quarterback, I mean if he was on a team with a good defense, he might get you to the playoffs. And I'll also preface this by saying the Buffalo Bills haven't been to the playoffs since 1999, a streak of 11 seasons. Now the Bills go out and hire a quarterback coach, David Lee, who helped the Dolphins instill the "Wildcat" offense. Faaaantastic.


The bad part for the Bills, whether or not you like the wildcat offense or not, is that they just signed Fitzpatrick to a six year, $59 million contract last October. You could say the Bills are "all in" with Fitzpatrick. Not that he's a terrible quarterback by any means. He's decent enough as long as he has a good running game, like any quarterback.

When Fred Jackson, the Bills leading rusher got injured November 20th against the Dolphins, the Bills never recovered. And by never, I mean never. The Bills were 5-5, including the loss to the Dolphins. They finished the last six games 1-5.

Over the last five games, Fitzpatrick threw 9 interceptions (in three games), and eight touchdowns. Probably, the biggest tell, though, was his completion percentage, as it was 65.3% prior to the Miami game (nine games) and 59.8% over the final six games. The drop in completion percentage can certainly be attributed to the Bills throwing it more. Prior to the Miami game, Fitzpatrick had 32.3 attempts per game compared prior to the almost insane 47.8 attempts per game afterwards. By comparison, Drew Brees averages 41.1 attempts per game. The NFL leader in attempts was Stafford with 41.4. With that many attempts, it really is not surprising to see Fitzpatrick's completion percentage take a dip. Like I said earlier, he's much better when he has a good running game.

And now, we have a quarterbacks coach on board who is coming from Ole Miss. That's right. Last place in the SEC Ole Miss. Ole Miss finished next to DFL in yards per game with a mind numbing 151.7, ahead of only Kentucky. It gets better. They threw only nine touchdowns all season. NINE! Should I continue? This guy was the offensive coordinator! The last time he was an offensive coordinator, it was with Arkansas in 2007. That team had Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Payton Hillis as running backs, and had four members of the offensive line make first or second team All-SEC. Casey Dick, the Razorbacks starting quarterback for most of the season, was benched later in the season for his younger brother Nathan, who was a freshman. So much for being an offensive guru.

It's unfortunate for Fitzpatrick. Chan Gailey, the current Bills coach, has barely shown any improvement. He's gone from 4-12 in his first year to 6-10 in his second year. Remember, he only lasted two years with the Cowboys. And now he has made, what I think, is a disastrous hire as his quarterbacks coach.

But Lee is a member of the Club, now. It doesn't matter how bad he is as a coach, he's a card carrying member. Someone will give him a job. Now you have a traditional pocket passer, who could develop into, dare I say, and elite quarterback, and a coach ill equipped to get him there. Good luck, Bills.
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