Sept 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the pre-game warmup for their game against the New York Jets at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
There have been weeks where the given quarterback of the Buffalo Bills has withstood much more vitriol than Ryan Fitzpatrick has had to deal with following his stinker of a Week 1 performance. Still, he's at the forefront of a group of Bills players, coaches and front office executives that have been the focal point of angry Bills fans since Sunday.
GM Buddy Nix, however, continued to make it very clear that the team is firmly behind its $59 million quarterback in a Friday morning appearance on WGR 550's The Howard Simon Show.
"We're in with Fitz," Nix said in response to a question about potentially making a quarterback change if Fitzpatrick continues to struggle. "He's not going to struggle. He'll get better, and he's not going to turn the ball over. We've got our quarterback, and we're going to get started in the right direction. We've got to do that, and we know it."
Before that particular point of the interview, Simon asked Nix if the GM was "troubled" by what he saw from Fitzpatrick last weekend (18-of-32, 195 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT in Week 1).
"I'm troubled by the turnovers," Nix replied. "You always are. It's not always just the quarterback. The quarterback gets the stats, he gets the praise, and he's going to get the blame. That's just the way the game is. Ryan knows that we can't turn it over. I know it, everybody knows it, and he knew it going in. We've got to get - receivers have got to be on the same page, and we've got to be smarter with the football."
Fans will continue to worry about Fitzpatrick over the long term even if his play rebounds from last week. It will help everyone's sanity if he has a strong showing on Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs, even as the Bills prepare to play without the services of top offensive threats Fred Jackson and David Nelson.