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Kelly Speaks Out on Fitzpatrick – Says Defense Needs to Help Out Bills

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Tim Ryan and Solomon Wilcotts Tuesday afternoon and was naturally asked about Ryan Fitzpatrick and his outlook for the 2012 season. Kelly had an interesting point about what he feels will help Fitz the most this coming season in making the Bills a true playoff contender.

“As offensive players we always say your defense is your best friend and you go out and get a Mark Anderson from the Patriots, a Mario Williams from the Texans, you get hopefully Shawne Merriman healthy now, a couple of great draft picks the last couple of years, if this team stays healthy and this defense stays healthy then Ryan Fitzpatrick’s best asset will be a dominating defense that will shorten the field for him so he doesn’t feel like he’s carrying the whole burden of the Buffalo Bills, not just the team, but the whole city on his shoulders,” Kelly said according to

“He knows he can’t do it himself. Last year was his first year, but he didn’t have OTAs to help him prepare with his teammates and really jell as a team. So this is really his first year with a full offseason and getting familiar with the offense and the players he has around him. He has to play better and I think he knows it. He doesn’t need me to tell him that. I’ll tell you what though I’m more excited about this year than any of the last 10 years at least. I know that.”

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  1. Shawn

    July 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

    This is very true. If heart alone could win games, Fitzpatrick would never lose. But in the real world a QB like Fitzpatrick is going to need the team firing on all cylinders for them to be successful this year.

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