posted on September 20, 2010 16:31
In their latest player switch, the Buffalo Bills have announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick has become the starter at quarterback.
Head Coach Chan Gailey made the announcement in his weekly Monday news conference this afternoon. Gailey says it's permanent, rather than a week-to-week type of move.
"This is a move going forward," Gailey insisted, "for however long we go in this direction."
Gailey wanted to stress that Trent Edwards performance in the first two games this season - only 241 yards passing, just one touchdown, and two interceptions with seven sacks - was not the reason for the switch.
"The implication might be that it's all Trent's fault," said Gailey, referring to the team's record. "That's not the case. We've got a lot of things we need to work on.
"We're just looking to...get the right combination going with personnel. Maybe it fits better with Ryan. We'll just have to see."
Gailey says Edwards handled the change very professionally. He will serve as the back-up for the upcoming game against, on the road against the division-rival Patriots.
"You always worry about (how a player will handle being demoted)," says Gailey. "You're concerned about the individual, as well as you're concerned about production on the field. But he may have to go in and play on the second play. That may be the case this week.
"I think he'll prepare. I think he'll get ready."