The injury bug strikes again. J.P. Losman will be the Bills starting quarterback this week against the Cincinattica Bungals because, according to head coach Dick Jauron, “Trent Edwards’ wrist will prevent him from participating until late in the week, if at all.”
So it’s not like last week, when Jauron came right out and said, “Trent Edwards is our starting quarterback.” We’ve actually regressed to two weeks ago, before Willis Bowl, when Edwards was only starting because Losman’s knee still wasn’t right and he didn’t have enough reps in.
So who knows what next Tuesday has in store. If Losman plays well enough, does he have the job back? Or would that interrupt the already interrupted consistency in the Bills offense?
The Bengals have a notoriously bad secondary so the long ball should come in handy. The lovefest between J.P. and Lee Evans should help too. It feels like we’re playing with two totally different starting pitchers. Edwards is controlled and is going to hit the corners, Maddox-esque. Losman is a flamethrower, hitting triple digits on the radar gun.
Play calling hasn’t found a way to merge those two styles to accommodate one guy, and that’s why we’re in the position we are now, injuries aside. The coaching staff doesn’t trust Edwards with the long ball and they don’t trust Losman to dink and dunk his way down the field.
Until they find a way to balance the play calling and until they allow both players a fair chance at leading the team in all facets of the passing game, there’s a very good chance we’re going to be having this debate every Tuesday for the foreseeable future. Until then, tune in next week for another edition of “Quarterback Swap.”