Many Buffalo Bills fans will be hoping come April’s National Football League Draft the team will use one of their top picks to draft a franchise quarterback.
However, after hearing Chan Gailey’s comments after Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets Bills fans can forget about drafting a quarterback.
My first thoughts on Bills quarterback Brian Brohm’s performance was that due to his lack of on the field experience the speed of the game got to him. He always looked like he found the right receiver, but was just a shade too late getting there.
The thing is Bills head coach Chan Gailey also thought the same.
“I thought that Brian understood what was happening,” said Gailey. “I think the speed of the speed of the game, because he hasn’t played, I think that got him a little bit.”
If you never have played the game at any level you need to understand that playing an actual game is much faster than on the practice field. In a game things are faster due to adrenaline that is pumping and the different speed of the starting defense as the offense practices against third stringers. Also, practice can get very boring so players can tend to not have things in top gear.
Gailey continued on explaining what he meant.
“That thing comes a lot faster in the game and you have to drift and avoid and understand those little things that goes into making some of those plays,” Gailey said. “We take it for granite when Fitz is in there, because he does that and he knows the speed of the game. I think it would have been different if Brian had a lot more experience. I think he would have been able to handle some that stuff a little bit better, but he knew what he was doing it wasn’t like he didn’t know what he was doing.”
Brohm echoed similar sentiments in his post game press conference.
“First of all we were prepared for everything they threw at us out there today,” Brohm said. “We saw all that in practice, so there really is no excuses. I need to do a better job of getting the ball out of my hand faster when I know the pressure is coming and make sure that stuff don’t happen.”
The fact of the matter is Gailey has done a wonderful job this year with the offense and got Fitzpatrick playing the best football of his career. So, when it comes to the assessment of a quarterback I am going to defer to the guy who has coached a couple of Hall of Fame quarterbacks.
In the end, the guy deserves our respect to go along with whatever he decides at the quarterback position.