Apparently trying to get the raw rookie murdered, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team will flirt with starting E.J. Manuel under center against the Patriots in New England on September 8.
“Time will tell,” said Whaley, 41. “He does have the work ethic and the leadership qualities that he’ll have a chance. But we believe competition brings out the best in everybody. Between him, Kevin Kolb, Tarvaris Jackson, even Jeff Tuel, we’re excited to see who comes out on top of that position battle.”
Although brimming with potential, the former Seminole is entirely unprepared to operate Nathaniel Hackett’s “K-Gun” offense.
After tossing 28 scores, against 25 picks, for 5,206 yards in 34 games as a professional, Buffalo inked Kolb to a two-year deal worth $13 million in March.
Despite failing miserably in Arizona, it’s difficult to fairly judge, or even analyze, the 6-foot-3, 218 pound Kolb playing for a hideous Cardinals squad.
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.
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.”
Comparatively, Manuel is quickly flustered when pressured and the youngster would get slaughtered performing in 2013.
A standout athlete with great toughness, smarts and dedication, Manuel will eventually mature into a solid Bill.
Nevertheless, for sanity and health purposes alone, the native Virginian needs to hold a clipboard this autumn.
Rather than stating “time will tell,” the Buffalo Bills should make it clear that E.J. Manuel is not even a consideration for this season.by