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It's been way too long since we've had a dependable quarterback.
Growing up, I was spoiled as a Bills fan. Jim Kelly joined the team when I was quite young, but I remember the Super Bowl years vividly and thought that it was common to have such a great QB on the roster.
Oh how little I knew.
From 1986-1996, Jim Kelly's record as quarterback of the Buffalo Bills was 101-59, good for a .631 winning percentage.
Since then, no quarterback other than Doug Flutie has had a winning record in a Bills uniform (21-9). In the 16 seasons since, the Bills have compiled a record of 109-147. That's only eight more wins in five extra seasons.
That is absolutely abysmal.
Speaking of abysmal, take a look of the QBs that have started games since Jim Kelly retired: Todd Collins, Alex Van Pelt, Doug Flutie, Rob Johnson, Drew Bledsoe, J.P. Losman, Kelly Holcomb, Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Collins lasted one season and Alex Van Pelt was nothing more than a backup.
The Flutie/Johnson debacle still angers me as I was a Flutie guy.
Bledsoe seemed like a good idea on paper, and he did lead us to our last winning season in 2004 (9-7), but his lack of mobility and our disastrous offensive line was a bad combination.
Losman was an absolute reach in the first round in 2004. He had a cannon for an arm, but much like the earliest cannon's in our nations history, he was extremely inaccurate. His inability to play QB led to the short-lived Kelly Holcomb era.
The dink-and-dunk era of Trent Edwards had its promising moments, but overall he didn't live up to the endorsement that Bill Walsh gave him.
Brohm had two garbage starts and showed he wasn't an NFL-quality QB.
Last, but certainly not least when looking at these names is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick started the 2011 season strong and was given a $59 million extension. This clearly was a mistake as Fitzpatrick went 8-18 the rest of the way.
After reading all of that, you can understand why Bills fans are clamoring for a new QB, even in a supposed weak rookie class.
In the actual draft class, Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson are my only first-round QBs. However, if the team feels strongly about Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Bray (my dark horse QB), Mike Glennon, E.J. Manuel or another signal-caller, then go for it.
At worst, the rookie QB flops and puts the team in prime position to look at Teddy Bridgewater in 2014.