Trent Edwards was released by the Buffalo Bills today. By choosing to release Edwards, the Bills have also admitted that they don’t know what they are doing as a franchise, and will have to start aiming in a new direction once again. It also follows a trend in the NFL where a quarterback is benched by one team, that team tries to trade him but asks too much, and then ends up releasing him for nothing in return. Edwards will probably get picked up off the scrap heap by another NFL team that might need a strong back-up, but it’s hard to imagine him starting again in 2010.
Edwards was supposed to be the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills this year, and they had been expressing high hopes that the team was going to make strides with him as the leader. ESPN reported today, though, that the team announced they were releasing Edwards in a simple two-paragraph press release a day after back-up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick provided a great outing for the Bills. They still came up short, losing to the New England Patriots by the score of 38-30, but at least the Bills provided some excitement on Sunday, and didn’t look as lifeless as they have these past two seasons.
In his two starts this year against Miami and Green Bay, Edwards only threw for 241 yards and one touchdown, while getting intercepted twice and sacked seven times. His passer rating is way down at 58.3, and on Sunday the Bills decided to go in a different direction. One thing that should be pointed out is that the Packers and Dolphins have two of the best defenses in the league, so they could make any quarterback look less-than-stellar on the football field. This is the last time that Edwards will be seen on the field as a member of the Bills, though, and the Fitzpatrick days have begun for Buffalo fans.
Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Now with the Bills, he played for them last season after Edwards struggled, and took over permanently on Sunday. Against New England, Fitzpatrick went 20-28 from the field for 247 passing yards and two touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions, so there is room for improvement, but the Bills felt this was the decision that would be best for the future of the team. This Bills team still doesn’t have an identity, though, so there is still a lot of work to make this a team that will challenge for a playoff spot.