I know what you’re thinking. I always know what you’re thinking.
When Kevin Kolb said this earlier today at his press conference after he was officially signed by the Bills…
…what else is he supposed to say? Well, we have a few more realistic ideas:
- “I hope to be the starting quarterback (right now, I’m only a ‘strong candidate‘) and beat out Tarvaris Jackson, and whoever the hell my new head coach drafts sometime in the first two rounds”
- “I hope that guy’s name isn’t Geno Smith, because then I will resume doing little beyond making hand signals.”
- “If I am the starting quarterback, I hope to be moderately better than Ryan Fitzpatrick.”
- “I’m really good at handing off. I can do that”
- “I can be adequate until you find my replacement.”
If it’s managed correctly with the proper levels of running and leaning on C.J. Spiller, the Bills’ offense can be successful under Kolb. Essentially, he needs to be Alex Smith-lite.
But championship aspirations? This seems quite timely and appropriate…
Being wrong is a hobby I take great pride in. While others boldly(?) call Geno Smith a top five or even top three quarterback, I still firmly believe that he’ll tumble from that pristine pedestal, and be there for the Bills at No. 8.
When I wrote about the anatomy of that slight fall from the top five’s good graces, it ended up reading as more of an elaborate process of elimination. That alone is telling; whereas last year teams were clawing to get Robert Griffin III when St. Louis auctioned off their pick, and the Dolphins were even more than eager to draft Ryan Tannehill and make him a top ten QB, this year many of the QB-needy teams drafting early are making moves to shake that status, and avoid Geno Smith.
No one really knows what the hell the Jaguars are doing at No. 2, especially the Jaguars. With Matt Flynn in Oakland and Carson Palmer in Arizona, Jacksonville still feels like the only hurdle for Smith to clear before landing in the strange combination of snow and fire that is Buffalo.
When he arrives there, all he’ll have to do is beat out the Bills’ version of Alex Smith.
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The Buffalo Bills have signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch to a one-year deal.
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Three years ago on Easter, Kevin Kolb became the defacto starter in Philadelphia. The Donovan McNabb era ended when the long time Eagle starter was shipped off to Washington. Though he had just two starts under his belt, Andy Reid was confident in Kolb’s ability to become an effective starter in the NFL.
We know what happened next. Kolb started five games in 2010, losing his job to Michael Vick. After being traded to Arizona he struggled to find success with the Cardinals, starting 14 games over two years.
Three years after becoming the starter in Philly, Kevin Kolb may be at the right place at the right time once again, this time in Buffalo. The Bills signed Kolb to a two-year contract worth potentially $12 million on Saturday night.
Buddy Nix and the Bills coaching staff replace Ryan Fitzpatrick with Kolb, an upgrade only in the sense that the former Cardinals QB costs much less. The Bills have done their due diligence on the Quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, holding private workouts with Geno Smith, E.J Manuel and Landry Jones thus far.
Kolb joins Tarvaris Jackson and an unknown rookie in a three way battle for the starting gig. History is probably going to repeat itself.
The Buffalo Bills will need to add another Quarterback to their roster, even if they draft one in a few weeks. According to reports, Buddy Nix and company have their eye on Cardinals castoff Kevin Kolb.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports the Bills are interested in Kolb, according to a league source.
Few Quarterback combinations could inspire less confidence than a duo of Tarvaris Jackson and Kolb, but if the Bills are looking to have an open competition during Training Camp, the addition of Kolb makes some sense.
Kolb was awful last season. In five starts the former Eagle threw for 1,169 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions last season. He didn’t get help from the Cardinals offensive line, who redefined the word atrocious in the NFL lexicon.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders have shown interest in Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
Flynn signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks in the last off season with the expectations that he would be the Seahawks’ starting QB, only to lose his job to rookie Russell Wilson.
Flynn only appeared in 3 games with the Seahawks last season, completing 5 passes on 9 attempts for 68 yards.
Buddy Nix has been making news for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. A couple of pranksters got the scoop of the off-season in Bills land, recording a conversation between Nix and Bucs GM Mark Dominik. During the conversation Nix laid his cards out on the table regarding the Bills’ tumultuous Quarterback situation.
“You can’t afford to pay that kind of money to a guy that’s fighting for probably a backup job,” then ended with, “we gotta get one somehow. Bad time to need it.”
The ‘guy’ was Ryan Fitzpatrick. A day after the conversation was released the Bills released Fitzpatrick. With Tarvaris Jackson the only QB under contract heading into the 2013 season, the Bills will be in the market for a signal caller when the draft rolls around in April.
Canoe Sports’ John Kryk conducted a ten minute interview with Nix at the NFL annual meeting in Phoenix. Nix dished on some of the Quarterbacks that available. Read the rest of this entry »