Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is not one to bite his tongue, and he most recently let it all fly regarding the New York Jets QB situation (you know, the Sanchez/Tebow drama).
He recently told NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access”: “Mark Sanchez is a quarterback who’s going to be sitting there every single game if he plays bad, and No. 1, you know Jets fans — they’re going to start booing.” He added, “I like them both. I thought Sanchez was a very good quarterback coming on. If I was a general manager or president or owner of the team, I wouldn’t have done that (trade) unless I got rid of Sanchez. But I think he’s a good enough quarterback to be there.”
I wonder what Kelly thinks about the Ryan Fitzpatrick/Vince Young situation we have right here in Buffalo. It’s definitely not as dicey as the Jets’ situation, but I couldn’t help making the comparisons. I’m thinking that the moment Fitz has a couple of bad games and throws some interceptions, even the slim chance that Vince Young could swoop in and have a good game is enough for people to start chanting “put Young in!”
Young is definitely a wildcard. If he were to get in a game this season, it could go one of two ways. He could show the flashes of the good QB that he once was, or he could crash and burn, leaving any hope of returning to an NFL starting quarterback in the dust. But the only way anyone’s going to know is if there’s an opportunity for him to show what he can (or can’t) do.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I think Fitzpatrick is the better quarterback, and hope (pray?) that he has honed his mechanics in the offseason enough to cut down on the interceptions. I think Fitz can lead us to that promised land (playoffs), but after last season (and the last few), he’s shown that he can have a string of great games, and also a string of really, really bad ones.
Since Jim Kelly, Buffalo has not had a QB that they could fully invest in, one who you could completely put all hope and confidence behind. Sure Flutie was exciting, but not since Jim could you trust that our QB was the one you wanted taking the snap because you thought he’s the only one who’s going to lead them to the win. Fitz started getting there in the beginning of last season, but the horrible end of last season dashed that feeling (just as has happened in the past with Losman, Edwards, etc). If Fitzpatrick has a great season this year, perhaps we can get the feeling back.