Gauging Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick And Chan Gailey, One Year In

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills calls signals behind Eric Wood #70 against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Between 13 starts in 2010 and the first three games of the thus-far-thrilling 2011 season, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has now spent a full season's worth of games (16) operating an offense orchestrated by head coach Chan Gailey.

In that time frame, Fitzpatrick has completed 59.2 percent of his passes (327-of-552) for 3,841 yards with 32 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 86.3. The Bills are 7-9 in those contests.

Fitzpatrick continued his hot start to the 2011 season in yesterday's 34-31 win over the New England Patriots. Though he threw two interceptions - one which glanced off a receiver's hands, and another which effectively served as a punt on a fourth down - he also shredded New England's banged-up secondary to the tune of 369 yards (the second-highest total of his career) and two more scores on 27-of-40 passing. He's currently No. 12 in the league in passing yardage (841) and tied for second in passing touchdowns (9).

In leading the Bills to their impressive 3-0 start, Fitzpatrick has emerged as seventh-rated passer in the NFL. His command of Gailey's offense has obviously improved, as has his accuracy; he's completing 64.9 percent of his passes this year, by far a career high. These two work well together. It's time to make sure they're both here for a while.

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