As Trent Edwards Goes, So The Buffalo Bills Go

Garrett HirschmanContributor IOctober 28, 2008

It appears there is no hiding the Bills key to success.


It's Trent Edwards.


That may seem like a simple enough concept, but when you consider that Edwards is only 24 years old and in his second year as a pro, it says a lot. 


There are many teams in the NFL who depend on their quarterback to win them games, but those teams have quarterbacks such as, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Drew Brees, and the list goes on. 


There are also teams who have quarterbacks whose primary job is to not lose.  Matt Cassel comes to mind for New England, or Ben Roethlisberger in his first year with the Steelers.  These kinds of quarterbacks are protected and coddled by their teams.


Trent Edwards saw some of this last year when he played only 9 games.  This year he is being treated like a veteran and it has been paying dividends for the Bills.


Until Sunday against Miami that is.


Sunday showed Bills fans just how important the play of Trent Edwards is to the success of the team. 


Yes, its true that the play of the quarterback has tremendous impact on the game, but I am surprised at how much this team's success seems to be tied to Edward's play. 


It has been welcomed by the Bills coaching staff, in fact they are the ones who have handed this young team over to Edwards. 


Against the Dolphins Edwards played mediocre and then terrible in the fourth quarter which has been rare for him this season.  He had an interception, a fumble and a sack in the end zone, all in the fourth quarter, which collectively lost the game for Buffalo. 


Sunday was a reminder that this team is still young and that Trent Edwards is still young, and these types of growing pains are going to occur from time to time. 


No veteran quarterback would have stuck the ball out like Edwards did on the 4th and 1 play late in the game.  It was a "rookie" mistake, and a bit surprising for Edwards.  That just shows how well he has been playing and the standard he has set for himself.  Everyone, from the coaches, players, and fans have great confidence in Edwards.  To this point, including the Miami game, he has not done anything to make anyone lose that confidence.


Sometimes you just have a bad game.


Edwards play Sunday should be a lesson to the Bills.  Sometimes you have to help your quarterback out. 


Jason Peters was badly beat on the safety by Joey Porter, which will happen, but at that point of the game you would like your pro bowl left tackle to give your quarterback a little more time, thought Edwards should have had the ball out by then.


Robert Royal reminded us all why Tony Gonzalez would have been such a great addition to this team.  Royal is not a smart player and he continuously makes dumb mistakes at bad times, like his fumble late in the game.


One bright spot Sunday was the running game, what little of it was used, that is.  The offensive line was finally able to get a push at the line of scrimmage, and Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson had some holes to run through.  Turk Schonert just did not stick with it.  Maybe it was his confidence in Edwards that led him to go away from the run.


The Bills have a good group of young talent.  The defense is playing well, the offense is playing well, and the special teams are as good as they have been in recent years.  But as the season goes on, the Bills are only going as far as Trent Edwards takes them.


Maybe to the playoffs, maybe further.