Friday, April 15, 2011
Dilfer calls Cam Newton no-brainer for Bills
By Tim Graham
Trent Dilfer started laughing as soon as he heard Chris Mortensen relay the comment from Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey.
While breaking down the Bills for ESPN's "On the Clock" series, Mortensen said Gailey told him, "I think we can win a championship with Ryan Fitzpatrick."
Dilfer couldn't stifle his amusement.
"All right, look ... No," Dilfer said, shifting in his seat and trying to comprehend the statement. "If you're going to win a Super Bowl with Ryan Fitzpatrick, you better have the Baltimore Ravens' defense that I played with. That's the only formula to win a Super Bowl without a dynamic, playmaking quarterback."
Dilfer said Fitzpatrick could be Buffalo's answer at quarterback "for a year or two, yes, but that's about it." Dilfer insisted the Bills must draft Auburn quarterback Cam Newton if the Heisman Trophy winner still is on the board at No. 3.
"His unique skill set is going to fit Buffalo," Dilfer said. "He spins the ball at an incredibly high rate. He can knife it through the wind and the bad weather. His physicality in the run game will help them in bad-weather games, in the short-yardage game.
"He's the perfect fit, and you have a good -- good -- serviceable quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick to play while you groom [Newton]. It's a no-brainer in my opinion to take Cam Newton."
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper projects Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller as the pick for Buffalo because he would stabilize their feeble pass-rush.