BUFFALO, N.Y. -- They had hoped he would be the franchise quarterback Bills fans have been waiting on for nearly two decades, but for now, EJ Manuel isn't even the starting quarterback for the team.
"We need to get better production, obviously, out of that position and we have to make adjustments, got to make some changes because we can't keep going in the direction that were going," said Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone.
Manuel's season started with promise and two victories, but his recent performances have left fans and coaches questioning if he's the answer.
"I really felt confident that he was on the right path but after the last two games it seems like he's still got a lot of maturity, growing up to do," said Mark Giglio, Buffalo resident. "I would like to think that he could be (the answer). He has all the assets for it. It's just really frustrating right now."
Some fans believe the Bills are pulling the plug too early on a quarterback who hasn't had a chance to get a lot of in game experience.
"He's had his rough points," said Howard Barlow, Buffalo resident. "I'm not saying he's setting the world on fire but a lot of times your front line or players around you can make you look bad too."
"I think he's a mature adult," said Richard Mann, Buffalo resident. "He should be able to handle getting benched. It doesn't mean he won't be the quarterback of the future. It just means that right now they're trying to win games."
"The coaches have to make the right decision," said Donna Rice, Buffalo resident. "Management has to make the right decision and get us on a winning streak and that's what's most important. It's not about an individual player, but what's going to be better for the team."
Veteran quarterback Kyle Orton will take over but how competent he will be remains in question.
"I haven't really seen him play that much but at this point in the game, we don't want to get too far behind in the season," Giglio said. "I mean we went from 2-0 to 2-2 and those were two winnable games for them."
Fans said it's easy for Orton to gain their support though: Just go out and win.