chris98251 wrote: Seanhawk wrote:
Galen96 wrote:did they ever get over flutie's height?
No, because he was never any good. How often do you hear about Drew Brees' height? Not very much.
Actually Flutie did pretty well considering, he sure kicked our ass regularly when he played in Buffalo, he was the player that truly fought the height stigma, Wilson we hear about it, Flutie was constantly battleing it with coaches on his own team. Ditka for one was really down on him for no other reason then that.
Yeah, I'll go with that. I'd agree Flutie is the player who most helped break the NFL QB "height barrier" in the modern era.
Flutie won plenty of games with his legs. His best 40 time was 4.69. I think Wilson's 40 is 4.55, so Wilson has a speed edge on Flutie.
"The Bills' success continued with Flutie at the helm; his record as a starter that season was 8 wins and 3 losses. Flutie was selected to play in the 1998 Pro Bowl.
Flutie led the Bills to a 10–5 record in 1999 but, in a controversial decision, was replaced by Johnson for the playoffs by coach Wade Phillips, who later said he had been ordered by Bills owner Ralph Wilson to do so. The Bills lost 22–16 to the eventual AFC Champion Tennessee Titans in a game that has become known for the Music City Miracle, where the Titans scored on the penultimate play of the game — a kickoff return following the Bills' apparent game-clinching field goal.
The following season, Flutie was named the Bills' backup and only played late in games or when Johnson was injured, which was often. In fact, during the season, Flutie had a 4–1 record as a starter, in comparison to Johnson's 4–7. In a December 24, 2000 game against the Seattle Seahawks, Flutie achieved a perfect passer rating, completing 20 of 25 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. Following the 2000 season, Bills President Tom Donahoe and head coach Gregg Williams decided to keep Johnson as the starter and cut Flutie."
Never understood why the Bills didn't just make Flutie their guy those years. Seemed like he was the only QB who won any games for them. The "short QB" bias is as good an explanation as any.