Ryan Fitzpatrick lobbying to remain Bills starter

By Kevin Patra
Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 at 06:51 a.m.

New general managers like to hire their own head coaches, and new coaches usually go after their own quarterbacks.

After the Buffalo Bills fired coach Chan Gailey on Monday, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said he's not too keen on being a backup.

"For me personally, I think I want to play," he said, via the Buffalo News. "That's just who I am. I think I'm a starter in this league and want to play. I'd hate to play the 'what if' game right now, I guess."

Fitzpatrick signed a seven-year, $62.2 million contract last season, but the Harvard grad is viewed mostly as a system quarterback, or Gailey's personal project who didn't pan out. There is a good chance a new coach will want to move on and develop his own quarterback.

General manager Buddy Nix's status with the team has yet to be announced. He has already said he'd like the chance to draft a franchise quarterback, so even if he remains with the team, Fitzpatrick looks to be on his way out.

The Buffalo News also reported Monday night that CEO Russ Brandon met with owner Ralph Wilson, but Nix did not make the trip, generating still more question marks about the GM who has a 16-32 record in three seasons in that position.