ORCHARD PARK NY - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills readies to pass against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 26 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Full disclosure: I am writing this quick post for selfish purposes. I've gotten so many inquiries since the Buffalo Bills got blown out by New England on Sunday regarding the possibility of Ryan Fitzpatrick getting benched that, for whatever reason, this probably should be addressed on-blog.
Chan Gailey is not going to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick. Don't believe me? Take it from coach himself.
"If he's capable of playing, I want him to play," Gailey said Monday. "Right now, he gives us the best chance to win. If he can't play, if he can't practice Wednesday, we'll get the other two guys ready."
Fitzpatrick is coming off of the worst performance of his Bills career, turning the ball over five times (three interceptions, two fumbles) in Buffalo's 34-3 loss to New England. Had he not had a five-pick day in his rookie season, it'd have been the clear-cut worst game of Fitzpatrick's career (and for the record, he had a rushing TD in that five-INT performance).
He's also banged up - enough where he might miss Wednesday's practice. But it appears very likely that he'll be healthy enough for his team's season finale, and if he is, he'll be under center, right where he belongs. (Sorry, Brian Brohm.)