Fitzpatrick was a visibly emotional leader as he helped lead the Bills to a 4-1 start. His never-say-die attitude on the field seemed contagious, and others stepped their games up as a result. Yet this emotion which the rest of the team seemed to feed on has all but disappeared during the most recent 5 game losing streak. It showed up briefly in their latest loss when Roosevelt dropped a key pass. But then, just like magic, his emotion was gone.
This was also quite evident in how Fitzpatrick handled the offense in the 4th quarter. Sure, he ran a modified hurry-up, and helped the Bills pull within a score. However, he also took his sweet time doing it by eating up nearly 6 minutes of precious game clock to do it. He had no issues dumping off short passes in-bounds, then would let nearly 20 seconds run off before the next snap. Instead, taking a chance further down the field was needed. Even if there was an incompletion, it at least stopped their biggest enemy--the game clock. And instead of short dumps, why not audible to a Spiller draw when the D is clearly playing the pass? The result might end up being the same--a short gain with the clock running. But Spiller clearly showed how dynamic a player he can be and that draw could end up a big gain or TD--a much better chance than the dump off passes he made in the 4th quarter.
I don't believe many will argue that Fitzpatrick's talent is average at best for a starting NFL QB. But what helped this team to a 4-1 start was his emotional leadership. What helped convince the Bills to re-sign Fitzpatrick was how he helped bring out the best in other players. But it's time for Fitz to get back to what made this team successful. It's time he finds that drive to win and that emotion which is so desperately needed by this team.