TIME FOR FITZ AND THE GUYS


By Juan Eduardo Prada
25/10/2009


Buffalo Bills fans have to like what Ryan Fitzpatrick have done so far. Although the ex-Harvard quarterback doesn’t have outstanding numbers, he is bringing the wins trying to keep the team’s season alive.

Fitzpatrick, who the Bills signed as a free agent in March from Cincinnati, rallied the Bills from a 10 point deficit against the Jets to a 16-13 overtime victory in a badly needed triumph. Last week he had another challenge facing the Panthers on the road, and again he pulled out another victory going 11-22 for 123 yards and a touchdown. The guy feels comfortable in this position and he likes to play the role of a leader. "There comes a point in this league where you can't really learn much watching film and throwing scout team balls and all that. It's all about getting out there,” Fitzpatrick said.


Fitzpatrick may have gained more than the coach’s confidence since Jauron forgot to even mention Edwards when reviewing his list of injured players. "I'm trying to think if there are any more," Dick Jauron said, before a reporter reminded him about Trent Edwards. In addition to finding chemistry with Lee Evans for a second consecutive week, Fitzpatrick numbers also are going up taking into consideration that he has won five straight games, including going 3-0 to close last year with Cincinnati while filling in for injured starter Carson Palmer.


On the other hand we have to give credit to the Bills defense in the last couple weeks. Fitzpatrick’s few plays have been a testament to the defense creating turnovers. They had five interceptions versus the Jets, and last week with a Panther’s offense having success sustaining drives all game, the defense took advantage of every opportunity they had generating four takeaways (one fumble and three interceptions) which led to 17 points. Yes, Carolina outgained the Bills substantially in first downs and total yards; however our offense didn’t turn the ball over in the entire ball game.


The Bills host Houston on Sunday, then have their bye, which will allow Fitzpatrick extra time to become more accustomed to the offense if he is going to take the starting QB position. At the end, even though Edwards is now out and TO suddenly has gone as quiet behind the microphone as he has on the field, the Bills have a new group of guys that are stepping up every week making this 2009/10 run more interesting for Buffalo Bills fans.

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