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Chan Gailey says faith in Ryan Fitzpatrick 'not an issue'

By Tim Graham

FitzpatrickMugSAN FRANCISCO -- What do you think Buffalo Bills fans would be saying if Vince Young still were on the squad?

The Bills lopped a problem off their roster when they dumped Young in August because fans would be howling for VY to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick as Buffalo's quarterback.

The defense is justifiably getting skewered over their historical ineptitude the past two weeks. But let's not forget Fitzpatrick's uninspiring play.

Bills coach Chan Gailey was asked after Sunday's 45-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers how much trust he still has in Fitzpatrick.

"We're just fine there," Gailey replied. "Don't go with an issue on that. That's not an issue."

That means Bills fans who don't want Fitzpatrick to be their quarterback anymore won't get any satisfaction for the time being.

Fitzpatrick was 16 of 26 for 126 yards and zero touchdowns with another weak interception. He floated a pass into the breeze that Chris Culliver intercepted at the goal line. Fitzpatrick wouldn't use the wind as an excuse.

"The wind was whipping around pretty good," Fitzpatrick said. "But that's something you have to take into account."

In Buffalo's victories this year, Fitzpatrick has five touchdowns and no interceptions with a 112.1 passer rating. In three losses, he has seven touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 68.7 passer rating.

Backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen replaced Fitzpatrick for the final possession, a handoff to Fred Jackson. Third quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, with his $1.75 million base salary, was a healthy scratch for the fifth time.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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