QB issue is 'not that big of a deal' says Johnson

Remember that Saturday Night Live skit about 10 years ago when William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek, was speaking at a Star Trek convention and he urged the Trekkies to "get a life?" In essence, that was Rob Johnson's message to Bills fans who still mull over Flutie vs. Johnson.

"This is not like a hot topic around the nation," Johnson said. "People out in California are like, ‘Oh, you guys are playing California this week. Oh, cool. You got tickets for me?" It's not like, ‘Oh, Flutie vs. Johnson,' like everyone's saying out here. It's not that big of a deal . . . This whole thing has gone beyond ridiculous a long time ago . . .

"I don't really care about (Flutie's legion of fans). Fans are going to support who they want to support. I don't think what we do out there will change anything."

Johnson said he doesn't find it ironic that Chargers coach Mike Riley, who was Johnson's quarterbacks coach at USC, had picked up his arch-rival Flutie. Riley and Johnson still remain friends.

"This is a business. Mike Riley wants to win games. Doug was the best available quarterback last year – after Brad and Elvis were signed, he was the last guy left. You gotta do what you gotta do. I don't dislike Mike Riley (for picking up Doug)."

By saying that, Johnson was admitting that Flutie can win. However, that was followed by a backhanded slap, saying that Doug was the ‘last guy left . . . after Brad (Johnson) and Elvis (Grbac) were signed.'

The legion of Flutie fans beg to differ: Flutie takes a back seat to no one and he's the awesomist man to play quarterback ever and the Bills just don't see it.

Johnson added that he's not concerned that Ralph Wilson had said that this game is bigger than the Super Bowl.

"That was a long time ago. Ralph can say whatever he wants to say. He owns the team, he makes big decisions, he can say whatever he wants to say. Obviously, it's an important game for him, it's an important game for all of us. Try to get another win, try to get back in the AFC East race. He's got personal issues with Mr. Butler and that's between them two . . . (I have no personal issues) with San Diego. Not really, except they have a good defense, that's the issue I have."


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