On the Hot Seat?

After a dismal fourth quarter, Trent Edwards could be on the verge of getting benched. Head coach Dick Jauron didn't exactly sing Edwards' praises after the Bills' beatdown in Tennessee...

Quarterback Trent Edwards didn't exactly receive a ringing endorsement from coach Dick Jauron following the Buffalo Bills' 41-17 beat-down in Tennessee.

Edwards returned to the lineup after missing 2 1/2 games with a concussion and completed 18 of 28 passes for 185 yards with one touchdown for the Bills -- and one for the Titans as he threw a brutally bad pick-six to Tennessee's Vincent Fuller in the final three minutes to secure Buffalo's sixth loss in nine games.

Jauron sat Edwards down after that and inserted backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, and while it looked like a typical late-game move with a lopsided score, it wasn't. Jauron said he did not bench Edwards to make sure he didn't get hurt in the final few minutes, he said he did it because he was not happy with Edwards' play in the fourth quarter when he was 0-for-4 including the interception.

"There was some good, but obviously some things we missed," Jauron said. "That's why in the last few minutes we decided to get Ryan (Fitzpatrick) in there."

Of course Fitzpatrick failed to take advantage of Edwards' absence when he was out with the concussion, and this opportunity was wasted as well as he promptly threw a pick-six of his own that raised the count to the final 41-17.

Jauron was non-committal when asked if Edwards was still his starting quarterback. "We will discuss it as we go along," he said.

Edwards didn't have much to say about whether he should be the starter when the Bills travel to Jacksonville Sunday.

"I missed a couple throws and that's the situation we were in," he said. "He wanted to make a change, that's up to him, that' his decision. We're 3-6 and not winning football games. The first person you have to look at is the quarterback. Yeah, it's fair."

Terrell Owens, who caught passes of 46 and 37 yards from Edwards and had 85 yards total -- his most productive day as a Bill -- engaged in his first sideline shouting match of the season, too. In the second quarter, both he and fellow receiver Josh Reed felt Edwards missed a read and they expressed their dissatisfaction with receivers coach Tyke Tolbert.

"The read that we both assessed, we felt we missed it and we were just trying to get everyone on the same page," Owens said. "Josh and I saw the same thing."

And, apparently, Edwards didn't.

"I have never been in this situation before with a losing record at this point in a season," Owens said. "Every team I've been on has been successful and I have been involved everywhere I've been. I have no answers."

LINEUP WATCH: The Bills may have more shifting to do on the injury-ravaged offensive line. LT Demetrius Bell went down with a knee injury in the second quarter, the severity of which was unknown. With tackles Jonathan Scott (personal situation) and Jamon Meredith (knee) unavailable, Kirk Chambers had to start against the Titans at right tackle. When Bell went down, rookie LG Andy Levitre moved outside and Seth McKinney came in to play left guard.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4th -- The Bills have now been outscored 46-0 in the fourth quarter of their last two games, and the count for the season is 101-40.


--QB Trent Edwards returned to the field after sitting out 2 1/2 games and completed 18 of 28 passes for 185 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

--WR Terrell Owens had a season-high 85 yards receiving which included catches of 46 and 37 yards, but he did not score.

--WR Lee Evans had his first multiple-TD game as he caught a 27-yarder from RB Fred Jackson and an 8-yarder from Trent Edwards.

--SS Bryan Scott made his first start at LB and was in on nine tackles plus had another on special teams.

--LG Andy Levitre had to move over to play LT when Demetrius Bell was sidelined by a knee injury in the second quarter.




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