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I feel sorry for Rex Ryan, his time with the New York Jets came to a close because he could not figure out the quarterback position. Now he has a new team, one with an arguably stronger overall roster than the Jets, but still, he has no quarterback.

Rex Ryan is probably licking his chops when he thinks about how well his defence will play this year, and who wouldn't? A defensive line featuring Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams is worthy of a chop lick.

Then again, Rex is in the exact same situation he was in New York; he has an elite defence on one side of the ball and on the other is an assortment of average quarterbacks each bringing something different, but nothing special.


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The best case scenario is he can find a guy to play Sanchez-esque, by that I mean, hand the ball off, make a few throws but ultimately let the defence run game do all of the heavy lifting.

So who are these quarterbacks Rex has to choose from, and what does each one bring to the table? 

Matt Cassel

The most established quarterback on this list is Matt Cassel. He has thrown for over 15,000 passing yards in his career and is mostly known for his pretty good 2008 season, where he took over for an injured Tom Brady and led the Patriots to an 11-5 record.

He also had a very good 2010 season with the Chiefs resulting in a 10-6 record. Besides those two seasons though, his career has been average sometimes horrid.

Now Cassel brings that veteran quarterback presence, the 'been there done that' kind of attitude that older veteran players respect. Does that equate to winning? Not really.

He has a decent arm and has some mobility, enough to escape pressure here and there. I don't believe this guy is the best option for the Bills, they had a quarterback similar to Cassel in Kyle Orton playing last year and the offence was mediocre.

EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel was drafted two years ago to be the franchise quarterback the Bills need. He showed hints of ability in his rookie season; an 80 yard comeback victory drive over the Panthers in week two of 2013 was a good one.

Sadly he was sidelined with an knee injury in week three that same season and missed five weeks. After he returned, he was shaky and uneven at the position. In 2014, he was benched after week four for the aforementioned Kyle Orton and took no more starts that season.

EJ is the prototype quarterback, coming in at 6'4 and 240lbs. He has the body type most scouts and coaches love in quarterbacks. He also has a good skill set, he has mobility to elude rushers and scramble for good yardage, he also has a good strong arm.

His biggest flaw is his accuracy and leadership. He regularly missed open receivers in his playing time and when Kyle Orton was named the starter, team mates noted a significant increase in leadership from Orton.

Tyrod Taylor

The most unknown on this list is Tyrod Taylor, a 25 year old who was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 and was a backup to Joe Flacco up until this season when the Bills signed him.

Tyrod has only ever really played in preseason, so take what you will from that. His one major regular season start vs the Cincinnati Bengals ended in disaster as he threw the game ending pick six that lost them the match.

Tyrod has great running ability and a strong arm, but like EJ, lacks precise accuracy. Saying that we haven't seen enough of Tyrod to definitively say what he is or isn't.


Now in my opinion Rex has two options, EJ or Tyrod. After picking up offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and having an elusive, talented running back like LeSean McCoy in the backfield, the offence is quite obviously going to be run based.

This is where EJ and Tyrod give you that extra dimension to add to the offence, installing a zone/read option wrinkle to their attack would make the Bills offence that bit harder to defend. Will they be a top ten offence? Not likely, but will they be more dangerous that the vanilla offence that Matt Cassel will bring, most definitely.

If you held a gun to my head and said who would I choose, I would say Tyrod Taylor. I think we've seen what EJ brings, we haven't seen all of what Tyrod brings yet.

As he has been confined to preseason action, playing with third and fourth string talent, perhaps he could showcase some more production if he was playing with the likes of LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin. 

Good luck to Rex figuring this one out, as it's a very difficult decision to make.

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