Found March 15, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
This weeks Water Cooler features Brandon Hess and Bradley Gelber Manny Lawson comes to Buffalo after playing for Cincinnati and San Francisco. (courtesy YNN Buffalo) Who’s to blame that Buddy Nix had his conversation exposed online and what’s the significance? Brandon Hess: Honestly I believe this could have happened to many GM’s in the league, it just looks worse for Buddy Nix because it adds to the laundry list of embarrassing things that continues to happen to this organization. What’s your reaction to the Bills cutting Ryan Fitzpatrick? Hess: Did anyone ever think that Fitzpatrick was the answer at quarterback for this franchise? I’m not sure who is, but Ryan’s departure was inevitable.  He’ll make a serviceable backup somewhere, but honestly good riddance. Bradley Gelber: Not surprised, but just like we talked about with Lindy you still feel for the guy on a personal level. A lot of what transpired wasn’t only Fitz’s fault. There’s no way the Bills should have given him the six-year, $62 million contract that they did to begin with. From the “Fitz Scream” to helping guys like Stevie Johnson develop I’m sure he’ll be missed in the locker room, but he just lacked the physical tools to get it done as a starter. He’ll end up as a back up somewhere. After cutting Fitzpatrick, does this mean the Bills will select a quarterback at #8 overall? Hess: With Alex Smith having already been traded, Matt Flynn and Nick Foles unlikely to be moved it appears the draft is the only place for Buffalo to land a QB.  Unfortunately there’s no quarterback truly worthy of a top 10 pick this year, but the Bills might have to reach for one out of fear that he won’t be there in the second round. Gelber: I think it certainly increases the likelihood. Like I said this wasn’t a surprise. Fitz was clear in his final interview that he knew this was coming so I’d like to think the Bills had a plan in place for a while now. I think there’s a sense of panic for fans when you look at the current roster and see Tavaris Jackson as your starting QB. Whether it’s drafting a guy outside of the first round like Nassib & bringing in another veteran QB to compete with T-Jax to backup, or just taking a guy at no. 8 I think we’ll see a few moves in the QB area before the season. Thoughts on the Bills signing Manny Lawson? Hess: I like the signing.  Manny won’t set the world on fire, but the Bills need to load up at linebacker and Manny will be one of many additions as Mike Pettine assembles a rotation for his new look defense. Gelber: I like it as a depth move since he’s athletically gifted & versatile which will allow him to play in the Bills’ various defensive fronts. He’s also solid in the run game and this will probably send Bradham back to the weak side. While he never reached his potential in SF or Cinci I think he just needs to find the right system that fits him. Overall I think it’s a solid move. How do you feel about the Bills taking the quiet approach so far in free agency? Hess: Being quiet and being inactive are two different things. Quiet isn’t necessarily bad, but allowing both Levitre and now Rinehart to leave via free agency has put the Bills behind the 8 ball. They’ll need to make a move to land a veteran guard or two in order to cobble together an offensive line. Gelber: What’s new? Last offseason was certainly loud and crazy, but aside from that when have the Bills been a headline grabber? I could care less if they’re making the news early on or not as long as they fill the needs of this team before the season starts. If we’re quiet and go into the season with no LG & T-Jax as our starting QB that’s one thing, but if we’re patient draft the right guys and sign FA’s that make sense down the road than hakuna matata.     The post QCS Buffalo Water Cooler: Bills Free Agency Edition appeared first on Queen City Sports.

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