Bills HC Chan Gailey Will Stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer INovember 29, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 25: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 20-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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AFC East head coaches are making a habit of supporting their struggling signal-callers this year.

This time, though, Rex Ryan is not the culprit. Bills head coach Chan Gailey offered his support of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.


I think we're talking about Fitz being the guy for us, and as we continue to get better, I think he's going to be the guy. I see us being able to be very productive as an offense with Fitz at quarterback. I've always said that, and I believe that.

I've seen him play extremely well. When you've seen a guy do it, then you have confidence in him. If you've never seen him do it, then you probably would have made a change somewhere else down the line already. We all saw what he can do, when everything's hitting on all cylinders. So that's why I have confidence, because I've seen him do it.

There are a few problems with that statement.

The first problem is that while Gailey may have seen Fitzpatrick play well, no one has ever seen him play consistently well or even consistently average.

The offense isn't actually getting any better, either. They ranked 14th in scoring last year (23.3 points per game) and rank 17th in scoring this year (22.1 points per game) so far. Fitzpatrick currently has the highest passer rating of his career, but the lowest QBR of any of his three years as starter for the Bills.

What's more, the statement shows a short-sightedness that many head coaches are guilty of. He may have seen Fitzpatrick do it before, but has Fitzpatrick progressed in any way since taking over as the starting quarterback? If anything, he has regressed in his ability to throw an accurate deep ball, an ability which was already marginal within his skill set to begin with.

It seems that regardless of outside opinion, Gailey is sticking with his guy going forward. Of course, that's a moot point if the Bills don't decide to stick with Gailey going forward, as well.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


Buffalo Bills

Building off the theme of this post, Bleacher Report featured columnist Alen Dumonjic explains how Ryan Fitzpatrick became a turnover machine.

Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News looks at the struggles of cornerback Justin Rogers, who has been asked to man the "star" position in the team's secondary.


New England Patriots

Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston relays the injury reports for the Patriots and the Dolphins, highlighting the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman six days after suffering a concussion against the Jets.

D.J. Bean of writes that Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is the latest case against first-round running backs in New England.


New York Jets

Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York looks at how the Jets are using videos to help with turnover problems.

Joe Caporoso of previews the Jets game against the Cardinals.


Miami Dolphins

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald points out that some Dolphins players are treating their game against the Patriots just like any other game on the schedule.

Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins defense will have a huge task on its hands to stop the Patriots offense.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained via team press releases.