Is the Bills’ QB Carousel the Most Embarrassing Ever?
Full disclosure: I am not a Bills fan. But I have a serious soft spot for the Buffalo faithful. In college, I went to a couple of Bills games every year. My Buffalo-native buddies and I would make the trip from Ithaca after Bombers football games and tailgate with the passionate fans outside what was then "The Ralph." In those four years at Ithaca, I saw my fair share of Bills quarterbacks, but nothing like this.
For the second time in three weeks, the Bills are going to start a QB recently signed off the street. First, it was Derek Anderson. He thought he was going to collect a nice paycheck for simply being a mentor to rookie Josh Allen. Before Anderson knew it, Allen was injured and he was starting. Now that the 35-year old Anderson is sidelined with a concussion, it's Matt Barkley's turn to transition from forcibly retired to revived.
When Allen was officially ruled out on Saturday, head coach Sean McDermott announced it would be Barkley making his first NFL start since 2016. Lost in all of this is second-year QB and center of many Bills' fans frustrations, Nathan Peterman, who has thrown as many Pick-6's as he has touchdowns for his own team.
Barkley makes it four different starting quarterbacks for the Bills in the last five weeks. Buffalo hasn't started four different signal-callers in the same season since 1987 when players went on strike for more than three weeks.
A part of me always roots for the Bills, but even the most ardent of fans don't deserve to suffer through this.