By Tim Graham
Yeah, we've seen Fitzpatrick do a lot of things.
What we saw him do this year more than all but one full-time starting quarterback was fail to bring his team back to victory in the fourth quarter.
Football analyst Scott Kacsmar is known for his research on fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives. In his season review for ColdHardFootballFacts.com, he writes Fitzpatrick had five opportunities to win a game in the fourth quarter and lost them all.A winning drive is defined as one that begins in the fourth quarter with the quarterback's team trailing by eight points or less -- a one-score game.
The San Diego Chargers, at 0-6, were the only other team that failed to record a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter this year.
The Bills did win in overtime, beating the Arizona Cardinals in Week Six, giving them a 1-5 mark in overall comebacks. The Chargers lost one overtime game, making them 0-7.
Last year, the Bills went 2-5 in games when they had a chance to win or tie the game in the fourth quarter. They lost another game, against the Cincinnati Bengals, that was tied in the fourth quarter and they had a chance to win.
That makes Fitzpatrick 2-11 with a chance to win a game in the fourth quarter or overtime the past two seasons.
General Manager Buddy Nix stated the Bills will draft a quarterback in April but was noncommittal on Fitzpatrick at Tuesday's news conference.
"The new coach'll make a lot of that determination by looking at tape and that kind of thing," Nix said. "We'll let him be in on the decision.
"If he'll be here, it'll be up to the next coach, and we'll decide and evaluate. I'm not going to predict that."