ORCHARD PARK -- In the week since his demotion as the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback, J.P. Losman said he has felt "upset, mad and embarrassed."
Watching backup Kelly Holcomb lead the offence to a 20-14 win over the Miami Dolphins won't help ease those feelings. But Losman, who was handed the starter's job in the off-season, is doing his best to deal with it.
"You just have to understand the situation, take your man pills and swallow it," Losman said in the Bills locker room. "It's going to be tough, but that's what you have to do."
When the Bills decided to go with Losman, management was hoping he would provide enough offence while growing into the position.
Instead, he struggled with his poise and decision making and completed less than 48% of his passes in four starts.
Holcomb was a solid, if unspectacular, 20-for-26 yesterday but most importantly was able to find open receivers on his second and third reads.
Bills coach Mike Mularkey wouldn't acknowledge that Holcomb will get the starting job next week against the New York Jets, though it's impossible to imagine otherwise.
"I'm not worried about that to be honest with you," Holcomb said. "That's the coach's decision."
Said Losman: "This team is ready to win and they're not going to wait for some young quarterback to come in here and go through some growing pains."