29 Jul 2005
I agree with Phil Simms when he says that the Bills did the right thing by releasing Drew Bledsoe and naming second-year QB J.P. Losman the starter. After that, Simms is on his own. He goes on to say that he believes Losman will be better than Roethlisberger. And while this seems like a stretch, it's not totally implausible -- until you hear Simms' reasoning:
"I don't study him like a general manager, I don't know about his ability to call plays or how he interacts with his teammates, that's out of my fingertips," Simms said. "But what I saw on tape and on TV (while Losman played at Tulane), he absolutely has the physical skills. He's faster, more athletic and he has a more powerful throwing arm than Ben Roethlisberger."
Well, I'm not a GM either, but I suspect things like the ability to call plays, and interacting with teammates are also pretty important. And if he's a more athletic, stronger-armed version of Roethlisberger, why wasn't he rated higher heading into the 2004 draft?
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