Bills Offensive Coordinator Schonert Expects QB Edwards to be the Key to the Offense

Bills offensive coordinator Turk Schonert is putting the focus of this seasons Bills offense on the shoulders of one player – QB Trent Edwards. The QB enters this season as the unquestioned starter with J.P. Losman out of the way, and Schonert told the Buffalo News that all eyes will be on his young QB entering the season.

“The biggest thing for us offensively is our quarterback. It all starts with him,” Schonert said. “He’s another year into the league. He went through a lot of positive things, some negative things and learned. He’s still growing, but he’s already grown a lot. He’s a more confident player now, and I think his confidence permeates throughout the offense.”

The Bills and Schonert should be careful though, as the team will likely have some growing pains early as Edwards gets an on-field relationship with key offseason pickup WR Terrell Owens, and not only that but the team will be plugging in an almost brand new O-line.

Even with that, Edwards knows that the team is counting on him to step up and make plays in 09. “I think that’s part of the quarterback position,” he said. “I’m excited for it, I’m going to embrace it and I’m hoping for a big year.”

Schonert even admits that the teams play of the O-line is going to dictate some of success of Edwards and the offense, but he seems to think they will come together quickly and bond. “We’re real confident in those guys,” Schonert said. “The more they work together, communicate with each other and see different things from our defense they’re going to get better.”

And that could only mean good things for Edwards and the Bills in 09.

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