Add former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly to the list of people who are starting to worry about the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback situation.
What are the Buffalo Bills chances of making a splash this season? Highly unlikely, but that doesn’t mean you can’t place a wager on literally anyone else to finish better than them. You can even go so far to make some super bowl betting. My money would be on the Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers, or Patriots.
Kelly joined Sirius XM NFL Radio and was asked what he thought of EJ Manuel and the Bills’ quarterbacks. The Hall of Famer didn’t hold anything back, either.
Adding to the quarterback issue is that neither Jeff Tuel or Thad Lewis has played well enough to win the backup quarterback job at this point.
“I think it’s what you see,” Marrone said. “They either have to play better or we have to look to see if there’s someone that can better that position, like we would any other position. If we feel at the end of the day that it’s not good enough to win with, which we haven’t seen that yet, there’s only two ways to go. Either you put a lot of work into those guys and getting them better until you get to that position where you feel comfortable with it, or you have to upgrade that position some other way.”
Lewis hasn’t been particularly happy about his play, either.
“I think it’s been alright,” Lewis said. “Not like I would have liked it to have gone.”
Being worried about his job security isn’t exactly new to Lewis. He was in the same position a year ago with the Bills, so he’s used to the uneasy feeling heading into the final preseason game before roster cuts.
“It’s been like that ever since I’ve been in the NFL,” Lewis said. “It’s nothing new, but at the same time, it’s football. There’s always going to be competition. If you’re scared of competition, you shouldn’t play the spot.”
Ultimately, Lewis or Tuel won’t determine the Bills’ success, though. Buffalo’s playoff hopes are riding on Manuel. Kelly acknowledged that in the interview with Sirius XM.
Bills coach Doug Marrone said Monday he’s behind Manuel 110 percent and is focused on his development. He thinks it’s important to surround the second-year quarterback with enough talent so that he can have a fair chance to succeed.
“We have to have people around him playing well, there’s no doubt about that,” Marrone said.
“The quarterback, when you’re winning gets too much of the credit and when you’re losing he gets too much of the blame. We’re going to progress with him. He’s not going to turn around and be a franchise guy overnight. That doesn’t happen often.”