With free agency quickly approaching and the draft not long after there has been plenty of talk about the available quarterbacks and the Bills picking one of them up to compete with EJ Manuel. Even though there were plenty of fans that were not too pleased with EJ Manuels performance in his rookie season I feel it would be a very bad decision to go after anyone to potentially compete for a starting quarterback role in Buffalo.
Whether you like it or not EJ Manuel should go uncontested for the responsibility of leading our offense and to bring in anyone as a possible threat to that position would be a very poor decision. You don’t give a rookie quarterback 10 games before you throw him in the trash and move on to the next potential “superstar”.
Truth is Manuel played far better than expected going into the draft. Considering Geno Smith was believed to be the first quarterback to be taken in the 2013 draft I would say Manuel proved Buffalo’s scouting department had a leg up on what a shit fest that would of turned into. I know Buffalo doesn’t have a quarterback as great as Mark Sanchez to fall back on in case they busted on the pick but I think they definitely picked the better man on this one.
We Bills fans waited for years for the team to draft a quarterback in the first round to build around, and the very next year you want another one? Why? Because he didn’t play like a like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in his very first year? Manuel is as smart as they come and I’m willing to bet that once he gets a feel for reading NFL defenses he is going to shred them to pieces.
Instead of taking the time, effort, or draft pick on the next best thing we should be building around Manuel instead of forcing him to compete for his job. If he becomes a liability then by all means go after somebody else, but all Manuel has done so far is show that he is capable of leading an offense and that does not warrant shoving him out the door after one season.
As seen in the recent Super Bowl you can have the greatest quarterback on the planet but if the rest of your team is not capable of performing then your whole team is complete garbage. Lets focus our time and effort on improving the rest of the team, then we can accurately determine if Manuel is the guy or not. Until then though leave Manuel alone and let him lead this team without having to worry about his fans not believing he can do his job. Honestly, what kind of fan tells a man as athletic, intelligent and well mannered as Manuel that he doesn’t deserve to play the game? If we bring in another competing quarterback we are simply doomed.