Lynn says Manuel will start Sunday

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Doug Whaley was not showing up in front of media on Wednesday. 

It was all up to Anthony Lynn to address the changes at One Bills Drive and Lynn confirmed another early into his first press conference as head coach. 

EJ Manuel will start at quarterback for the Bills Sunday against the Jets. 

The explanation wasn’t clear, even after multiple questions about the circumstances behind the decision were asked. 

In fact, at first Lynn mistakenly said Cardale Jones would be the starter Sunday. 

Lynn called it “our decision”, but followed up with a seemingly contradictory answer to a later question. 

“At the QB position we wanted to look at the depth,” Lynn said. “I wasn’t in that meeting when that decision was made.”

Tyrod Taylor has a clause in his contract that mandates Buffalo pay over 30 million dollars in guaranteed money if he is injured before next season. Money that would all count against the cap. 

Risking that injury in a meaningless game would seem a poor choice. Lynn did also refer to the benching of Tyrod as a “business decision”. 

Taylor was “disappointed” to hear the news, but Lynn said he understood. 

Lynn called Rex Ryan a good friend and said he talked with Ryan about the change at head coach. 

“These last 24 hours have been challenging,” Lynn said. “Dealing with the emotions of losing a head coach and calling players to tell them.”

“Him being my friend, i wanted him to get more time, but this is a business.”

Lynn isn’t looking at this Sunday as a tryout to be head coach and has had no conversation about the interview process or how he might go about landing that job. 

“I don’t want a player to be evaluated from one game, just like how I don’t want to be evaluated for one game,” Lynn said. 

“The best way for me to make my case [to be the head coach] is get this team ready for Sunday.”

The Bills did say Whaley would be available to media during the season wrap up on Monday. 

Wednesday was a Lynn one-man show. 

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