Bills fans not showing Edwards any love

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Maybe the tormented Buffalo Bills fans would have been easier on their quarterback if it looked like he cared.

Maybe they would have waited at least until the third quarter to let Trent Edwards know they're ready to toss him on the scrap heap of recent failed men at his position.

A more patient gathering than the 69,295 at Ralph Wilson Stadium might have even held off until Edwards pathetic attempt at throwing a Hail Mary to end the game.

Instead, it took just two futile offensive possessions, an ominous beginning to both the game -- a 15-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins -- and the 2010 season.

Afterwards, wearing the same deer-in-the-headlights look Dolphins defenders must have sniffed out, Edwards was asked (and we paraphrase) if the least the fans could expect was to be entertained.

Losing has become so ingrained around here, with a 7-9 season as good as it gets the past five and their most recent playoff appearance a decade ago and counting.

If the Bills can't even sell hope, how about a dash of Doug Flutie or the jam of Jim Kelly from their quarterback? How about anything other than a leader whose idea of a desperation play late in the game is a 15-yard toss up the middle of the field?

"I think offensively we want to score and we want to be exciting," was the best Edwards could offer. "There's still 15 football games left to prove that. I don't see why we can't."

Those who sat through Sunday's miserable effort might have a different take.

At one point early in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Bills were headed for less than 100 yards of total offence for the first time since 1973. A minute into that final period, Edwards had completed 10 of 20 passes for just 39 yards.

Only a soft prevent defence by the Dolphins on one series allowed the Bills to get "up" to 166 at game's end.

"The quarterback and the head coach take the blame in this game," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "We both understand that. We're both big boys."

In Edwards' case, the blame was richly deserved, although he was far from alone. While it's true that the Dolphins defence looked damn serious in its debut under coordinator Mike Nolan, the Bills didn't help themselves.

Big things were expected of rookie running back C.J. Spiller. Poof to that. The first-round draft pick had six yards on seven carries.

Spiller's backfield buddies - Fred Jackson (four carries, 19 yards) and Marshawn Lynch (three for 13) weren't much better as the offensive line was no match for the swarming, scheming Dolphins defenders.

Even Edwards' lone touchdown pass -- a 31-yarder to Roscoe Parrish in the fourth -- wasn't a thing of beauty. Parrish got wide open due to blown coverage and still had to slow down to come back to the ball.

At the risk of piling on Edwards four quarters into his season, there isn't much call for optimism. Sure, none of his 34 passes were picked off, but four nearly were, two of which would have been easy pick sixes.

Come to think of it, maybe piling on isn't over reacting. The more he loses his nerve, the more Edwards looks like he's headed for the same fate of so many of his recent predecessors in Buffalo.

Like J.P. Losman, Drew Bledsoe and Rob Johnson before him, Edwards is well on his way to proving that if he's not good enough to play in Buffalo, he's probably not good enough to play in this league.

rob.longley@sunmedia.ca


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