Good morning Bills Fans,
Today is the first day of a new series that I will be starting called Over/Under. I will do five of these over the next week or so. I'm going to make them as interesting and as thought provoking as possible and hopefully stir up some controversy and hopefully piss some people off :-). I'm sure this topic will ruffle a few feathers this morning, so consider this Joe! bitter.
The first Over/Under is about Fitzpatrick. Supposedly he's been a whipping boy of mine over this past week, so much so that my buddy Suteck thinks I actually hate the guy. But Fitzpatrick "moves the needle", so he will always make for an interesting discussion.
The over/under is set at 1.5.
How many seasons will Ryan Fitzpatrick last as the Bills starting QB?
We all heard the arguments for and against Fitzpatrick, so I won't bore you with that. But to vote over/under 1.5 seasons as a starter for Fitzpatrick, you have to have to consider a few things.
Best ways for Fitz to retain his job as a starter for the next 1.5 seasons:
- Stay Healthy
- Be more consistent
- Win more than 7 games
- Don't become the talent bottleneck on the team (stetzwebs). In order words, don't be the reason why the team doesn't succeed.
- Hope and pray that Gailey is still the coach
Best ways for Fitz to lose his job in the next 1.5 seasons:
- Vince Young or Thigpen emerges as the better QB
- Fitzpatrick and/or the team struggle early.
- Serious injury and the backup performs admirably
- Drafting a QB in the first round of next year's draft
- The team underachieve mainly due to Fitz's incompetence
In summary, to vote Over, you pretty much believe that the team will perform well enough this year with Fitzpatrick as the starter, and half of next to keep his job safe. Whether you believe he's good or not, really shouldn't matter. To vote under, you pretty much have no faith in the guy, and as long as he's the starter this team is doomed to mediocrity.
Whatever conclusions that are drawn from this, are fine by me. However, you rationalize your vote, be sure to explain.
So what do you say Bills Fans? Over/Under 1.5 season for Fitzy as the starting QB?