After a questionable rookie season that saw him suffer multiple knee injuries and fail to make major strides as a starting quarterback in the NFL, questions arose as to whether or not the Buffalo Bills were going to bring in another QB — rookie or veteran — to compete with E.J. Manuel for the team’s starting position.
On Monday, those questions were officially put to rest as head coach Doug Marrone stated that the team was “all in” with Manuel as the starting QB.
“We’re secure with our quarterback position. Obviously we’re all in with EJ, and with Thad (Lewis) and Dennis Dixon and Jeff Tuel,” Marrone said at the League Annual Meetings in Orlando, Fla via John Kyrk of the Toronto Sun. “We’re really excited with what we bring to the table at that position.”
Marrone added that the Bills never inquired about Michael Vick before he joined the New York Jets. He also stated that they didn’t want to bring in a QB who would be a threat to take snaps from Manuel.
“We wouldn’t do it unless they knew they were coming in as a backup and a mentor to EJ, so it would have to be the right fit,” he said. “And they would have to come in knowing their slot.”
The Bills are clearly giving Manuel every chance to succeed as a starter, and get the team back to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Now, it’s up to Manuel to take advantage of the opportunity at hand.
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