By Tyler Dunne
News Sports Reporter
Bills fans should hope Doug Whaley’s extension came with a QB clause: this team must draft a quarterback every year.
It’s mind-blowing how much this front office has overlooked the position. Since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season, Buffalo has drafted four quarterbacks. Yes, four.
The Bills have drafted only J.P. Losman (2004, first round), Trent Edwards (2007, third), Levi Brown (2010, seventh) and EJ Manuel (2013, first).
Whoever’s been in charge falls in love with in-house mediocrity and passes on the likes of Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and Russell Wilson.
And yet in this same span, from 1997-2015, two teams with brilliant quarterback play kept on drafting quarterbacks. The New England Patriots have taken nine and the Green Bay Packers have drafted 10.
Brett Favre is still playing well? So what. Aaron Rodgers is on the board.
Maybe Tyrod Taylor is the Bills’ answer long term. But until this team starts valuing the game’s most important position, it’ll keep spinning its tires in the mud of 8-8 finishes.
Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.
Today’s Power Takes
* Milt Northrop’s Power Take: Bennett grad Msgr. Zeitler made his mark as an athlete
* Tyler Dunne’s Power Take: Draft is a prime mining area for Bills to get quarterbacks
* Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Give Gilmore an extension, but be reasonable about it