For the 2010 Buffalo Bills, the quarterback position is one of great debate. However, one thing is certain. The fans, and even some of the players, are lobbying for a new quarterback.
The 2009 season was one of turbulence and despair for players, fans, and management. Dick Jauron's "vanilla" offense is no longer going to cut it.
As a group the Buffalo quarterbacks ranked 23rd in touchdowns (17), 24th in passer rating (71.7), 30th in net passing yards (2,515) and 31st in first downs (126). They also combined to throw 19 interceptions, the seventh-highest team total in the entire NFL.
Chan Gailey said that the quarterback evaluation would take time, but they know they need one fit for the elements in Buffalo. It was stated that they are looking more for arm strength than actual accuracy, because accuracy can be learned with the right teachers.
Throughout the slideshow, several options for the Buffalo Bills will be displayed, from free agency, to the draft, to trades.
The Buffalo Bills need a quick replacement at the quarterback position, but it is unknown who will be kept as a backup. Fans have lost faith in Captain Checkdown, aka Trent Edwards, long ago.
Ryan Fitzpatrick showed signs of leadership and the ability to win, but I doubt he can become a franchise quarterback.
Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, and Chad Pennington top the list for "marquee names" in this year's free agent class. Nothing special here.
Baltimore's Troy Smith is a free agent, and Buffalo Safety, Donte Whitner, Smith's former teammate at Ohio State, is currently lobbying for him to come to Buffalo. Buffalo would need to tender a fifth-round pick as compensation for Smith.
As of now, quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen top the Big Board for their position in this year's draft. Drafting a quarterback with the No. 9 overall pick could be a good thing, but Buffalo fans would immediately call for them to start right away, which could devastate their careers.
Buffalo's young and ineffective offensive line would lead to the demise of any rookie quarterback behind them, due to the increased speed and intensity of the game at the pro level.
Mel Kiper Jr. has made a case for Jimmy Clausen going to the Buffalo Bills, and I am not against this at all. Clausen played in a pro-style offense at Notre Dame, and although they weren't close to being national champions, Clausen showed strong poise and pocket prescence, as well as a strong arm.
For the Bills, drafting a quarterback later in the draft would be the best option in my opinion. There wouldn't be cries from the media and fans for him to start right away, and they would have adequate time to learn the offense, learn the ways of the NFL, and eventually take over the reigns in 2-3 seasons.
One quarterback I like that could fall deep in the draft is Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour, who passed for 12,905 yards and 102 touchdowns in his college career.
Other notable late picks: Jevan Snead of Ole Miss, Tony Pike of Cincinnati, Thaddeus Lewis of Duke, and Jarrett Brown of West Virginia.
After another playoff loss, it seems inevitable that the Eagles will be parting ways with Donovan McNabb this offseason, to turn the reigns of the franchise to Kevin Kolb.
After reading Dan Van Wie's article found above, I began pondering the idea. McNabb has a strong arm, knowledge of the game, and could easily groom a youngster into taking over for him when it's time to retire.
Philadelphia has an aging secondary, while Buffalo has a surplus of young players that can make plays. Maybe Donte Whitner and draft picks for McNabb? I wouldn't mind.
McNabb could be an instant burst to this offense, and he has the experience and mobility to play behind a sub-par line.
Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix have worked with premiere quarterbacks at almost every stop they have been. I don't expect them to change this any time soon. The question is, when will we have another franchise quarterback?
Jim Kelly is turning 50 next month, and we haven't had one since he left. Pretty sad.
What do you guys hope the Bills do this offseason?