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To Improve the Buffalo Bills, Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick Must Go

December 30th, 2012 at 4:17 PM
By Samuel Gerould

To one NFL analyst, the Chan Gailey-Ryan Fitzpatrick relationship should be headed towards a break-up.

James Walker, a writer for espn.com, believes Gailey is not the right head coach for the Buffalo Bills and that Fitzpatrick isn’t the right quarterback for the team. Walker said the Bills need to “stop spinning their wheels,” and that Gailey and Fitzpatrick are keeping the team from achieving success.

“The success of any NFL franchise is closely tied into the success of its coach and quarterback,” said Walker. “Buffalo has one of the league's weakest pairings. The Bills must cut ties with both. Getting rid of just one will simply stunt Buffalo's growth in 2013. Keeping both would potentially cripple the franchise. This was a no-excuse year for Gailey and Fitzpatrick — and both fell flat.”

If the Bills were to cut Fitzpatrick, Walker said the team would save $4.45 million on the salary cap. If the Bills keep Fitzpatrick on the roster, then his cap hit would be $10.45 million. The Bills could find a replacement for Fitzpatrick elsewhere, Walker said.

“Cutting Fitzpatrick appears to be a no-brainer,” Walker said, citing poor decision-making and play by Fitzpatrick. “Bills general manager Buddy Nix already expressed the desire to upgrade the position via the draft or free agency.”

Walker said Bills’ officials have had more than enough time to gauge if Gailey and Fitzpatrick are the right pair to lead the team. And, he said it’s obvious they aren’t the right fit.

“The sooner Buffalo starts over with a new head coach and quarterback, the quicker the Bills can turn things around,” Walker said.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, NFL

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