By Sal Maiorana - Rochester D&C
ORCHARD PARK - There has been a lot of talk lately about the Bills need to find their quarterback of the future, and the 2013 draft is the likely avenue for that pursuit.
However, coach Chan Gailey isn't ready to say that if the Bills do draft a quarterback in April, that he would immediately become the starter ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
"We've always said we're looking to develop a quarterback for the future, but I don't think it's the near future," Gailey said Wednesday afternoon. "I think we're talking about Fitz being the guy for us and as we continue to get better, I think he's going to be the guy so I see us being able to be very productive as an offense with Fitz at QB and I've always said that and believed that."
Obviously, that's not what most fans want to hear considering that Fitzpatrick is 14-26 as Gailey's starter, 18-30 overall in three-plus years with the Bills.
This season, the Bills offense has sputtered repeatedly, and it ranks 25th in passing while Fitzpatrick's 84.9 quarterback rating ranks in the middle of the league.
Fitzpatrick admitted Wednesday that he hears the boos, and he feels the pressure of needing to get things turned around in a hurry.
"Again, what I said a few weeks ago, especially as a quarterback, it's all about production, it's all about wins, that's the No. 1 important thing," he said. "Each week I have to continue to go out there and help the team in any way I can in getting these wins.
"That's a big part of it for me, it's something that weighs on me, it's weighed on me all year long in terms of not being able to do it, not be as successful as we've wanted to be. I've got no choice but to go out there and continue to put together successful plays and successful drives and win games."