And while you must take each opinion with a grain of salt, when a Hall of Famer such as Jim Kelly speaks his mind, the whole city of Buffalo, as well as Bills fans everywhere should be all ears. Here is the latest from Kelly, as reported by www.buffalonews.com
” Jim Kelly, like most Buffalo Bills fans, hopes coach Chan Gailey selects a starting quarterback capable of leading the team to more victories. And by the sound of it, the Hall of Famer figures that player is Trent Edwards.
“I hope it’s Trent,” Kelly said on Friday at Coca-Cola Field for Hunter’s Hope Night for the Buffalo Bisons game that was called due to poor field conditions. “I know Trent, I’ve known him for a couple of years and I think everyone hopes that one guy will step up.”
Kelly, 50, has apparently changed his tune from last November when he told USA Today that while he admires Edwards, he believed it was time for the team to move on.
“I like Trent personally,” Kelly told USA Today. “He works hard. But he’s had three years. It’s time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I’m the owner, that’s what I’m thinking.”
Now, Kelly said there are legitimate reasons for Edwards to play, like an offensive line that couldn’t remain healthy and an offensive system under former coach Dick Jauron that, Kelly said, “stunk.”
“Everyone talked about the thing between me and Trent and the bottom line is he didn’t have an offensive line last year with all the injuries, and he had a system that I totally thought stunk,” Kelly said. “It’s a new start, not many people get a third opportunity to show what they can or cannot do.” ”
Chan Gailey is doing a good job keeping everyone in the dark about who his first string Quarterback will be come training camp. But if the competition remains as close as he makes it seem, perhaps it doesn’t matter who starts the season, because it’s the one that finishes it, that truly matters.