Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone would ‘be a fool to’ choose E.J. Manuel over Kevin Kolb

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Kevin Kolb should be the man to lead the Bills.

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone wants to choose between quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and E.J. Manuel before the end of camp.

“As a coach the earlier it can get done the better,” said Marrone, 48, who Buffalo hired in January. “I’d be a fool to sit here and say otherwise. At what point? I don’t know.”

After tossing 28 scores, against 25 picks, for 5,206 yards over 34 games as a professional, Buffalo signed the 28-year-old Kolb to a two-year deal worth $13 million in March.

Comparatively, taken out of Florida State with the 16th pick in April’s draft, the 23-year-old Manuel inked a five-year contract valued at roughly $9 million last month.

Unfortunately for Buffalo, Manuel is entirely unprepared to operate Nathaniel Hackett’s “K-Gun” offense and the Bills would be wise to let Kolb supplant Ryan Fitzpatrick.

If protected in the pocket and surrounded by adequate talent, Kolb should be able to somewhat impress as a Bill in “The City of No Illusions.”

Removed from a pathetic 6-10 campaign and having not qualified for the playoffs since 1999, Kolb is an ideal short-term solution for Buffalo.

In stark contrast, Manuel is quickly flustered when pressured and the youngster would get slaughtered performing in 2013.

A standout athlete brimming with testicular fortitude, smarts and dedication, the native Virginian will eventually mature into a solid Bill.

Nevertheless, Doug Marrone would “be a fool to” not place Kevin Kolb under center against the Patriots in New England on September 8.

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