Things went downhill for Buffalo after giving Fitzpatrick a six-year, $59 million contract in late October. The Bills (6-10) finished the year 1-8 in their last nine games. Injuries certainly contributed, but Fitzpatrick's play didn't help. He threw for 3,832 yards and 24 touchdowns but also led the league with 23 interceptions.
Fitzpatrick will be Buffalo's starting quarterback for the foreseeable future, and Nix remains confident in his quarterback.
"I got no reservations about Ryan. He had some bad games, but the thing we know for sure is we've seen him do it," Nix said during this week's season-ending news conference. "We've seen him have the good games. He is what we thought he'd be. I think when we started losing players and losing weapons for him, he compensated by trying to carry the load some and playing with different receivers each week. It sounds like excuses, but they're reasons."
Buffalo also has plenty of cap room and Nix expects the team to be players in free agency. If that's the case, the Bills could fill a lot of holes in March leading up to the draft. Buffalo owns the No. 10 pick, which should help land another impact player. The Bills could use an outside pass rusher, an offensive tackle and depth in the secondary.
"If a guy is there in free agency that fits what we need, we're going to be aggressive," Nix said. "We're going to try to do whatever we can do. ... We're at a point where we can spot three or four positions, where if we can fill those with the right guys, and get our injured guys back, I think we will be competitive."