Opponent Opinions: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick finally brought some life to the Buffalo passing game last Sunday even though the Bills still lost to Jacksonville. Fitzpatrick is expected to start at quarterback Sunday when the Bills play host to the Dolphins, and he talked about the matchup in a conference call with South Florida media this week.

Here is a transcript of the interview:

On if there is a special sense of rivalry for this game: "We have some guys in the building who really know and appreciate the history, one of them being Alex Van Pelt, who's the offensive coordinator, my quarterback coach. He has really given me a sense of the rivalry. Coach [Perry] Fewell also touched on it this morning in our team meeting, talking about how significant it was and the history behind it."

On if he is aware Miami beat Buffalo 20 straight times at one point: "I am, I am."

On the offensive game plan "opening up" last game: "It was nice. It was nice for us to get out there to throw the ball around a little bit and get some completions, especially some balls downfield. It was just one game, and it's one that we will try to build off of, but there were a lot of things that we could have done better or would like to have back, so we're going to have to continue to grow, obviously put more points on the board and hopefully get better."

On the team's propensity for mistakes and penalties, specifically having two touchdowns called back on penalties last week: "That's been hard for us to overcome. The penalties, as you mentioned, the two big touchdowns, game changing touchdowns that got called back because of penalties. It's just been that kind of year for us, and right now we're not a good enough team to overcome that stuff. We're looking to eliminate it, and if not, we're going to be the team that's going to make more big plays."

On the importance of Terrell Owens having a productive game last week: "Obviously we want to get him the ball as much as possible, the same with Lee Evans on the outside. He gets us going, he creates a lot of excitement not only with the fans, but with his teammates as well when he's out there catching the ball, and obviously brings a lot of enthusiasm to the game."

On what he has seen from Dolphins rookie corners Sean Smith and Vontae Davis: "They've played really well all year, and the one thing that jumps out is [that] the coaching staff does not have any fear in them, and they don't have any fear. They play physical and aggressive, and I think they've done a real good job all year."

On if he thinks too much is made of Owens' behavior when he gets upset: "I can only speak for what I've seen out of him personally, what I've seen this year. He's been a great teammate. He's a guy that's passionate, a guy that wants the ball, but at the same time, he's willing to step up and admit when he's wrong. The times I've seen him on the sideline get heated this year, it's because he's a competitor, and because he wants the ball, which is something that you want in a teammate."

On the impact injuries have had on the team, specifically the offensive line: "We had a young line coming into the year, we've been kind of playing musical chairs in terms of having to shift guys around. I'll tell you, everybody we've had in there, they've played their tails off, and that's all you can ask, really. We'll have some new guys in there this week. That being said, they're going to be ready to go and I have the utmost confidence in them."

On what new head coach Perry Fewell has brought to the team: "I think enthusiasm, just a different energy, and passion. That's kind of what he's tried to bring and try to have rub off on us."

On if anything has changed as far as who is in control of the offense since Fewell's appointment as head coach: "Nothing has changed in terms of offense, meetings, or anything, it's Alex still running the show."

On losing so many close games this year: "The biggest issue we've had all year is finishing games in the fourth quarter. We seem to have a problem with that, and it's something we've been trying to address. Really, it just comes down to executing, it's very simple. Converting on third downs and being able to establish that running game and really start to grind it out in the fourth quarter, and that's what we're hoping to do to improve our fourth quarter consistency."


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