Ok guys, Trent Edwards appears to suck. I've heard that. Over and over and over again. I think everyone needs to take a step back for a second, however. While I do not think Edwards is the reincarnation of Kelly, I still believe he is what we need right now. For a few reasons.
First, keep in mind the Bills have only played a few preseason games against actual opponents with a completely different Offensive Line and a whole new game plan. The no-huddle isn't for quarterbacks with low intelligence and little athletic ability. We all know Edwards is smart. He went to Stanford for crying out loud. He also has the athletic capabilities to take this team far. We've seen him outrun defenses and make those long bombs to Lee Evans. Defenses may have ruffled his feathers a bit this preseason, but that's to be expected when the play-calling and the players are new around him. Give him a bit of a break.
Second, while watching the game, I thought I was seeing it in slow motion. Why? Because the players looked as though they were slacking. Many of them weren't even at full speed. Then and there I wanted to turn the channel, though my love for the Bills prevents such blasphemy from happening, no matter how bad they look. The Bills always seem to be plagued with injuries. Has it occurred to anyone that they may be just taking it easy, having fun? They know, through practices, what plays they need to make. They also realize preseason is completely meaningless. Why risk an injury, especially knowing the Patriots game is the first of the season? People who deal with and work for the public are great actors. Football players are no different. So Trent throws an interception and he looks perturbed. On the field, maybe. But he has to in front of the fans and media. I think preseason is a waste of time and very risky. I would think most coaches agree with me.
Finally, everyone here seems to think that Dick Jauron is an idiot. Well, not me. He's as clever as they come. He knows he is in the hot seat this year and has completely changed the offense this year because of it. No one would bring in T.O. if they weren't serious about winning. Which brings me to my point. I read the article the other day about how the whole AFC East is sneaky. Their tactics are shady and they work from behind the scenes. What makes anyone think Jauron is any different? He knows what he's doing guys. Why were the reports coming out of camp and practices so positive but the preseason is nothing but a mess? If you ask me, I think it's because Jauron is hiding things. He wants teams to underestimate us. After all, we always play better as under dogs flying under the radar.
I just can't grasp how we regressed so quickly. That's why I'm not buying it. We all know Trent is not nearly as bad as he's been playing. He's still learning a new offense and learning to work with a different line, but by no means has his abilities decreased that much to warrant comparing him to Harrington or Losman. People are so quick to jump down the guy's throat and the regular season hasn't even started yet! Dick Jauron is a smart man. And you can laugh at that all you want but I stick by my words. The Bills are not putting all of their cards on the table for meaningless preseason games. I would even argue that they're playing terrible on purpose. Call me crazy.
The fact of the matter is, guys, we need to give our signal caller a little break. None of us knows what is going on behind the scenes. Trent is a better quarterback than what we've been seeing. So let's wait until regular season before advocating for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to take his place. Ok?