We're still more than an hour away from the kickoff of the Buffalo Bills' first game of the 2014 season, and reports are already surfacing that the team is ready to pull the plug on their starting quarterback when necessary.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday morning that, per a league source, the Bills will not hesitate to turn their offense over to veteran Kyle Orton should EJ Manuel play his way out of the lineup.
Buffalo's EJ Manuel and Ryan Fitzpatrick already on hot seat. Their teams won't hesitate to turn to backup QBs, Kyle Orton and Ryan Mallett.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2014
This is particularly surprising news, if true, mostly because Orton has barely been with the team a week at this point. More notable, of course, is the fact that Manuel has not even played a full season's worth of regular season games since the Bills made him the first quarterback they'd ever taken with their top first-round pick in franchise history.
It's yet another indication - on top of reports of front office division and the ongoing sale of the team - that the current Bills regime is, quite frankly, flat-out desperate to win in 2014.