We don't know how much longer Buddy Nix will be the General Manager of the Buffalo Bills but we do know what is on his list of things to do. Find a franchise quarterback. Nix publicly admitted that for the first time during his weekly segment on WGR.
Nix was asked by a caller if Chan Gailey would be fired should the Bills not make the playoffs. He responded by saying he doesn't want to start over which is something the Bills have done in the past to energize the fan base.
Nix was then asked by WGR's Jeremy White if he considered getting a new quarterback as starting over and the G-M answered "No, its not".
"Listen, we have said from day one, that we want to draft a good young quarterback" Nix said. "I don't want to leave here without a franchise guy for the future in place. I have not said that before but I'm saying it now because its fact."
The only time the Bills have used a draft pick on a quarterback during Nix's tenure as G-M was in 2010 when they took a flier on Levi Brown in the 7th round. "We had so many needs that we would have had to give up what Washington gave up to get there and the same with Carolina, that got there by losing" Nix told WGR. "So its a deal here where that has to fall into place for us and hopefully it will."
Perhaps the Bills have come to the realization that Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't working out. Perhaps Nix feels he has filled a number of needs the last three years so he can now afford to trade away draft picks to get the long term answer at quarterback. Its more likely a combination of the two.
If you haven't been watching quarterbacks this season, here are some players to check out:
Matt Barkley- USC
Geno Smith- West Virginia
Colin Klein- Kansas State
Aaron Murray- Georgia
EJ Manuel-Florida State
Nix also talked about the state of the franchise, the troubles on defense, and the timing of the surgical procedure on Mario Williams. Here is the entire interview: