Should the Bills reinstall Trent Edwards at QB?

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards said on Monday he feels ready to come back from a concussion that kept him from finishing one game and starting two more before going on the bye week.

But should Edwards get his job back?



The Bills' offense has struggled regardless of the quarterback. Buffalo ranks 29th in total offense, 30th in passing offense.

The Bills did go 2-1 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, but he managed consecutive games with single-digit first downs. We're not sure if head coach Dick Jauron has made up his mind yet. He hasn't spoken to reporters in a week, but is scheduled to talk Wednesday afternoon.

Jauron's decision will depend on what the Bills want to accomplish the rest of the season. Maybe they want to continue to learn if Edwards can be their leading man. Maybe they want to shake things up.

Perhaps they simply want the quarterback who gives them the best chance to win.

That answer isn't obvious, but ESPN Stats & Information data digger Matt Lyon passed along some interesting stats that illustrate the differences between Edwards and Fitzpatrick.

  • Fitzpatrick takes more shots down the field. In fact, he ranks third in the NFL when measuring how many yards in the air his attempts travel. Fitzpatrick averages 10.0 yards per throw, behind JaMarcus Russell (10.6 yards) and Aaron Rodgers (10.1 yards).

  • Edwards, aka Captain Checkdown, averages 7.5 yards in the air per throw. That ranks tied for 34th among passers with at least 50 attempts.

  • Fitzpatrick has done well in the red zone, completing 66.7 percent of his passes with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 108.6 passer rating. Edwards has completed 42.9 percent with three touchdowns, no interceptions and 89.9 passer rating.

  • Against standard defensive pressure, Fitzpatrick ranks last among all quarterbacks who've made at least 40 attempts. Fitzpatrick has completed 58.5 percent of his passes with zero touchdowns and three interceptions for a 39.1 rating. Edwards has completed 63 percent with one touchdown and three interceptions and a 69.6 rating.

  • When defenses send five or more pass-rushers, Fitzpatrick is better. His completion percentage is only 41.4 percent, but he's more careful with the ball, throwing two TDs and no interceptions. Edwards has completed 54.1 percent with four TDs and three interceptions.