FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 01: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball in the second half against the New England Patriots on January 1, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ESPN's Ron Jaworski has been methodically putting out a popular series in which he ranks and dissects the top 30 quarterbacks in the NFL. Moving in reverse order, Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills has made his appearance, coming in at No. 24 overall.
It's not a terribly surprising ranking for Fitzpatrick, who rates ahead of the likes of only Kevin Kolb, Matt Moore, Matt Flynn, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert and Tim Tebow in Jaworski's eyes. The problem: inconsistency borne of erratic mechanics.
"As I've studied him, I've really struggled with his inconsistent mechanics. The result: accuracy issues, too many missed opportunities... Many factors go into consistent, week-to-week quarterback play. Mechanics are not talked about enough. Ryan Fitzpatrick is very erratic with both his footwork and throwing motion," Jaworski said.
Jaworski has also been careful to highlight the positive aspects of each quarterback's game throughout the series, and has gone on record as liking Fitzpatrick's high points and the fact that his issues are fixable.
"Last year there was no offseason and that hurt guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick who needs that work. He’s going to get that work now because he has an outstanding quarterback coach in David Lee," Jaws said last week on WGR 550. He later continued, "Mechanics are the foundation of playing that position on a consistent basis. What I’m looking forward to is the hard work that he’s going to do and seeing a much more consistent quarterback this season."
Jaworski's ranking puts Fitzpatrick barely outside the bottom quarter of the league in terms of starting quarterbacks. What do you think, Bills fans: too high, too low, or just right?