The Buffalo Bills surprised many when they selected EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. And even though there are plenty of people who think Manuel’s high draft status means he should start right away, Mike Mayock feels differently.
“I think who the guy is Week 1 is less important than what the big picture is,” says Mayock.
“From my perspective, you have a new head coach, you have a new general manager and you just traded up to get a quarterback in the first round. If the kid is both physically and mentally ready to take over this offense, I’d go with Manuel.”
The Bills aren’t exactly Super Bowl contenders at this point, meaning that they should do what is best for the long term rather than the short term. Some may argue that playing Manuel is the best way for him to learn the pro game, which would mean that starting him from the beginning of the season would be the best long-term move.
On the other side of the issue, quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Colin Kaepernick have benefitted from sitting on the bench for at least one season, which the Bills may want to do in letting Manuel learn the offense behind Kevin Kolb.
Whatever the philosophy of head coach Doug Marrone is, Mayock is right in that there is no reason to hold Manuel back if he is mentally and physically ready to start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.