Throughout the year, we've heard so many different perspectives and opinions on Fitz and his ability to lead the offense going forward. Until recently, my opinion has been somewhat mixed. That all changed watching this one video...
Buffalobills.com posted a video (http://www.buffalobills.com/media-center/videos/Top-10-Performances-Steve-Johnson-vs-Cincinnati/d659f312-0797-4db1-be72-2cc43e2a074a) describing Stevie Johnson's performance against the Bengals in their series on the top 10 Bills performances from 2010. They invited the Wide Recievers coach in to analyze the Stevie's play. For me, watching this video didn't do much to change my perspective on Stevie. He certainly ran his routes well, and made the most of the opportunities he had. Much moreso however, this video changed my perspective on Fitz.
The amount of information Fitz needs to process to run Chan Gailey's offense is astronomical. On an average passing play, the Bills will have up to 5 different recievers on the field (including running backs). To further complicate the process, his recievers will often have options to run multiple routes based on what the defense is showing. The decision regarding which one to pass to requires Fitz to identify what the defense is showing, which route will best capitalize on the defense's call, how each individual receiver is going to run his route, and how to deliver the ball in order to have the most success. Meanwhile, Fitz needs to account for any blitz that may be coming his way. The decision on where to deliver the pass must be made in a VERY short period of time with incredible accuracy and timing. The slightest flaw could easily result in a pick-6. Watching this video, and concentrating on the speed and accuracy of Fitz' decision making lead me to firmly conclude that Fitz has the ability to lead this team this year and beyond.
Sure, this video was showing highlights of the best plays made in that game. I am completely aware that Fitz has made his share of bone-headed decisions. But in my perspective, he has the athleticism, passing ability, intelligence and leadership to be a top 10 passer in this league. Give him a few years in Chan's system, with Chan drawing up plays that compliment Fitz' skill set, and we will all wonder why we ever questioned him.