Further Evidence Edwards Is Done

Posted on December 9, 2009 by Patrick Moran

If it wasn’t already a foregone conclusion, Trent Edwards’ season and perhaps career as the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback was quietly nailed  shut this afternoon.  As the Bills returned to practice to prepare for a trip to Kansas City this Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick remained as the first string quarterback.  As has been the case recently, he took the vast majority of first team reps at practice, a sure fire sign he’ll be under center come Sunday.

It should come as no surprise, though Buffalo Bills head coach Perry Fewell said three weeks ago upon giving the starting job to Fitzpatrick that he gave them the best chance to win that particular game (Jacksonville), and that he would evaluate the starter on a week-to-week basis with the guy he felt was best suited to get the Bills a victory getting the nod.

Unless Fewell is suffering from a serious bout of amnesia, that can’t possibly hold water. He was on the sideline last year when the then 5-5 Bills traveled to Arrowhead last November.

Edwards absolutely owned the Kansas City Chiefs last season.  Buffalo beat the Chiefs in Arrowhead, 54-31 and Edwards was the biggest reason why. In that game, he connected on 24-of-32 passes for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns without an interception. He distributed the ball to seven different receivers, including Lee Evans, who had five catches for 110 yards.  He also scampered in for a pair of rushing touchdowns, including a 15-yarder right before the end of the first half.  It was arguably his best game as a pro.

So for Edwards to not get the starting nod this week, based on Fewell’s reasoning behind selecting his quarterback, it serves as evidence that barring injury he won’t be seeing the field again this season, if ever again in Buffalo.

Fewell has already said Brian Brohm is unlikely to see the field this season because he was signed too late and doesn’t have a strong enough grasp on the playbook to throw him on the field.

It’s not that Edwards’ benching last month was undeserved.  For the season he only tossed six touchdowns against seven picks.  He was completing 60.1% of his passes but threw for only 1,170 yards.  More importantly, he was too hesitant to take shots down the field and failed to produce lasting chemistry with Terrell Owens.

Having said that, if I were running the Bills I’d insist Edwards was put back at starter.  Fitzpatrick is an established backup and you already know what you’re going to get.  Edwards is maddening in the sense he’s had a handful of great games against a plethora of cowardice performances.  While not likely, perhaps getting back in the lineup after the first healthy benching of his career could ignite a fire that makes him play more aggressively.

At this point, what does Edwards, and the Bills for that matter, have to lose?

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3 Comments on Further Evidence Edwards Is Done

  1. Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Link, 12/10 | Buffalo Bills Blog

    [...] Further Evidence Edwards Is Done : Buffalo Sports DailyPat Moran, who two weeks ago called for Briam Brohm to get a look, now wants Trent Edwards back as the starter since he lit up the Chiefs a year ago. [...]

  2. Henry

    Well put. But since Perry’s job is on the line that won’t happen. He’ll stick with Fitz until the end. Unless he hears word from up top.

  3. Matt

    Play Brohm and see if he can play or not. This is a 4 game extended preseason. Time to play the young players. Bills mgmt should order Fewell to do what is best for the team and tell him he is not getting the job!

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