Brian Brohm, Buffalo Bills, Should Find Success Together

Tommy Torkelson@Tommy_TorkelsonCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 3: Brian Brohm #11 of the Green Bay Packers throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on September 3, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans beat the Packers 27-13. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Earlier this season, the Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Brian Brohm off of the Green Bay Packers' practice squad. Little did they know, he'd be starting for them before the season came to a close.

With injury, comes opportunity. Injuries to Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick have opened the door to Brohm's entry into the offense this season.

Brohm will lead a struggling Bills team (5-9) into Atlanta this Sunday. His time with the Bills has been short, so it is up for debate whether Brohm will have a firm enough grasp of the offense, at least to be a serviceable option for the final two games of the season.

Brohm, a former standout from the University of Louisville, was a projected top 10 pick, before a disappointing senior season left him to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round in 2008.

After struggling to pick up the offense in Green Bay, Brohm hit the practice squad. Receiving an offer from the Bills, he signed with the team on Nov. 18.

The question the city of Buffalo is asking itself now, is likely "Can this Brohm kid play?"

The answer, although there is plenty of counter-evidence, (see 2008, 2009 training camps, and preseason reps with Green Bay) is yes.  



Buffalo has no better option available and the season is a wash, regardless of finishing record. With the addition of Terrell Owens, a best-possible finish of 7-9 would still be a disappointment, should the Brohm era begin with a 2-0 record. Brohm will get his shot.


If Brohm can play in a system which focuses on "making throws when you have to", meaning two or three key throws per drive, he'll be fine. Shouldering the load is not something to expect from Brohm, at least not yet.



Brohm will have plenty of offensive targets, playing with Lee Evans, Terrell Owens, and Marshawn Lynch. When at their best, this could be a very potent offensive core. Add in a young wideout in James Hardy, and Brohm should find success with quite a few red zone targets.



In all, Brohm has a lot yet to prove. He hasn't shown his 07 Louisville form, (4,024 yards, 65.1 completion percentage, 29 touchdowns, 12 interceptions) which led scouts to call him the "most NFL-ready quarterback" in his draft class.

He will get his chance in Buffalo, and must impress early. His window of opportunity may close as quickly as it opened, if he lays up a three or four INT day.

The thing about Brohm that has held him back isn't his physical tools. He's 6'3", 225 lbs, and is mobile enough to keep his pocket presence under pressure, but the issue lies in his ability to take on an offense, and operate efficiently.

This can be best defined as a mental error. Making a poor read, forcing a throw, or not reading a defense well enough to understand the coverage can all be coached up. A quarterback coach can work with Brohm on all of these issues.

His potential outweighs his downside, by far. If Buffalo finds itself with the 2007 Brohm, an effective, efficient passer, and a leader to which his team rallies around, the future could be bright for both parties.