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Koopa
10-06-2005, 01:00 AM
well i guess letting drew bledsoe go was a mistake cause they turning to a former brown, smh @ the bills managment. anyway i don't like losman he seems to cocky and i want to punch him in the mouth everytime i see him.

Although there has been no official announcement from coach Mike Mularkey, the Buffalo Bills plan to start veteran quarterback Kelly Holcomb on Sunday as at least a temporary replacement for youngster J.P. Losman, ESPN.com has confirmed.

The decision to enact the switch, after Losman started the first four games of the year, was made Tuesday, with the quarterbacks apprised of the plan. The Bills, 1-3 and unable to generate much offensive rhythm, host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

Buffalo coaches feel Holcomb, a 10th-year veteran, may be better able to handle some of the defensive schemes they feel Miami will employ. Losman is said to be disappointed but also motivated at losing his starting spot.

Mularkey declined to address the quarterback situation at Wednesday's practice, saying he was "not going to talk about a starter at any position for either team." Mularkey said his reluctance to publicly designate a starter might keep the Dolphins guessing.

While the Buffalo attack ranks ninth in the NFL in rushing, it is 31st in both total offense and passing offense, and the Bills have scored just three offensive touchdowns. After throwing for 170 yards in the season opening victory over the Houston Texans, Losman has averaged only 87.7 passing yards in three subsequent losses and has thrown for just 75 yards each of the past two weeks.

The team's first-round choice in the '04 draft, Losman has been sacked nine times during the Bills' three-game losing skid. For the season, Losman has completed 45 of 94 passes for 433 yards, with one touchdown pass and two interceptions, and a passer efficiency mark of 55.9. In an effort to protect Losman, and have him "manage" the game, the team may have been too conservative so far with their quarterback.

Mularkey allowed that Losman, still considered a solid prospect by the Bills and viewed as a quarterback who can make plays with his arm and his legs, seems to be pressing and that his lack of experience has been a factor.

"It's not a bad thing," said Mularkey, "that he wants to be good for the team. But it's not good as a player or a coach to press too hard. In the end, it could be a negative."

The Buffalo quarterback switch is the third non-injury change in the league this week. The San Francisco 49ers will replace Tim Rattay with top overall draft pick Alex Smith, and Vinny Testaverde will supplant Brooks Bollinger as the New York Jets starter in the teams' weekend games.

Holcomb, 32, was signed by the Bills in the offseason as a free agent and, ostensibly, as an insurance policy in the event Losman faltered. In stints with Indianapolis (1996-2000) and Cleveland (2001-2004), Holcomb has appeared in 26 games and started 13 of them. He has completed 373 of 589 passes for 3,919 yards, with 27 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions, and a 77.3 quarterback rating.

The former Middle Tennessee State star has played in two games this season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2182225

Suitanim
10-06-2005, 07:47 AM
Kelly Holcomb is a damned fine QB if he's used right. 1st off, he throws a pretty long ball, and can beat teams deep...but he's not as effective in a West Coast type offense. The Bills need to open up their offensive attack a bit with him at the helm. Secondly, he is not the toughest QB. He needs excellent protection...if he starts getting hit, he'll quickly get injured and they'll be right back to Losman.

Ambridge
10-06-2005, 08:27 AM
When Holcomb gets hot he can sling the ball around pretty good.
I still remember him lighting up the Steelers for big yardage in the '02 Wildcard game against Cleveland.

Suitanim
10-06-2005, 08:32 AM
The reason he didn't have better success there was they used him wrong...Davis insisted on using him in a dink and dunk capacity, and it was doomed to fail. If they couldn't make it work with a QB who WAS suited for the West Coast Offense (Couch), why did he think it would work with a QB who wasn't?

Ambridge
10-06-2005, 09:15 AM
The reason he didn't have better success there was they used him wrong...Davis insisted on using him in a dink and dunk capacity, and it was doomed to fail. If they couldn't make it work with a QB who WAS suited for the West Coast Offense (Couch), why did he think it would work with a QB who wasn't?


Because Butch Davis was a baffoon.
I'll sure miss his poor coaching ability in Cleveland.