If Pete Metzelaars had the chance to improve the Bills, then he would begin by replacing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports.
“I don’t want to throw Fitz under the bus, but you’ve got to get an answer at quarterback,” Metzelaars told me. “That’s got to be the No. 1 priority.”
Metzelaars has intimate knowledge of Buffalo’s offense as the tight ends coach. He was dismissed along with the rest of the staff when the team fired head coach Chan Gailey.
He didn’t dither when asked what the Bills’ biggest problem is.
“If you have a dominating defense, you can get by with an average to below-average quarterback,” Metzelaars said. “If you don’t have a dominating defense, you need a winning quarterback in the NFL.
“Fitz is an average to below-average kind of guy, and unfortunately he made some bad decisions at the end of games and then didn’t make plays at the ends of other games we had chances to win. So it’s got to start there.”