On Monday Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone announced that Thad Lewis will start at qb Sunday vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Lewis has been on the practice squad since week one but following Jeff Tuel's awful performance last Thursday against Cleveland, Lewis will under center.
Marrone did add that Tuel was thrown into a tough spot in Cleveland. But what baffled me was the fact that Marrone said Tuel was only put on the active roster rather than the practice squad was the fact they feared another NFL team would sign him. Really?
Hate to break it to the Bills but the are million Tuel's floating around the league. And if he was so special why did the team pull the plug on him after playing a quarter and a half.
Marrone had to believe all along that Lewis is actually a better qb than Tuel or why else would he start. Marrone said that "Thad gives us the best chance. He can extend plays, he can run, he can throw it, now he has an opportunity to show us what he has,"
What if Lewis stinks out the joint? What do the Bills do then?
Lets remember the Bills only acquired Lewis in the first place was to play in the team’s final pre-season game against Detroit along matt Leinart, because EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb were injured at the time
The Bills drafted Maneul and signed the veteran Kolb as a security blanket. They signed Tuel, an undrafted rookie, to be the developmental guy. I get all that, but the plan should of changed once Kolb went down.
To the Bills credit they did talk with former Bucs qb Josh Freeman, who signed with the Vikings.
Only the Bills will lose their top two qbs to injuries then bench their third stringer in favor for a guy who has one NFL start under his belt.