That shot just might come this Sunday against the team that made him their number one draft pick in 2004, the Buffalo Bills. Starter
From the moment he signed with the Dolphins back on October 25th, Losman was well aware of the chance that a ready-made storyline like this could play out.
“I knew it was always a possibility when I signed here. You look on the schedule and you see we’ve got a chance to play them twice so I knew that was a possibility,” said Losman, who replaced Moore late in the third quarter last week. “As soon as I got here I prepared everyday like I was starting. Since the moment I got here I prepared every day. That’s just what you have to do. Here is the opportunity where it might be the case, who knows, and it would be great to. It’s my first start since I left there in the NFL. To be against them is pretty ironic but that just seems like what it might be.”
Losman completed 6-of-10 passes for 60 yards against the Eagles in his first action since December 14th, 2008 in a 31-27 loss to the New York Jets. That was also his last start, so not only could he be starting again almost three years to the day since that game, he’d be doing it against another AFC East foe for a team that used to be his rival.
Listening to Losman speak at the podium inside the Dolphins’ practice facility it was clear that he has matured quite a bit from his days in Buffalo. Losman turned 30 back in March, got married in July and his wife is seven months pregnant, so a lot has changed in his life. He doesn’t feel like he has anything to prove to the Bills or their fans.
“I’m old enough now not to get caught up into that. I think younger in my career I tried to prove too much and that’s just like any quarterback,” Losman said. “I never left in the offseason. They say take time off I never took time off. I wanted to be there. I wanted to work and it was probably too much but that’s what young quarterbacks do. You get in there and you’re thrust in there and you want to be the guy so bad.
“I think what you end up doing is forcing a couple of balls, testing your limits…what’s possible in this league, can I fit that in there when I should just check it down…so you just are learning those things. It just happened I felt that once I was learning to not make that throw that the plug was plugged. That’s just the way it goes.”
As for what sort of reception he thinks he might get if he indeed is the starter and comes running out of the visitors tunnel at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Losman can’t predict either way.
“I have no clue,” he said. “The Buffalo newsroom asked me the same question. I said honestly I haven’t even thought about that. I know I have a lot of friends there. I’ve had a gazillion text messages and voicemails from Buffalo people saying they’re going to be there and they’re going to bring out their Losman jerseys. I doubt that will happen but who knows. It will still be the wrong colors. I have no idea. Either way I’ll probably just laugh it off and let’s get on with the game.”
The one thing Losman does know for sure regarding those Losman jerseys is that the numbers won’t match. Up until this season with Miami he wore No. 7 everywhere he played from Venice High School, to Tulane University and with the Bills, Raiders, Seahawks and the UFL’s Buffalo Rumblings. Now he is wearing No. 6.
And with that new number Losman has a brand new attitude and harbors no ill will about how his career got derailed after leaving the Bills. He admits it was tough seeing other quarterbacks getting multiple chances with different teams or with the same team, but he has managed to move on.
“For whatever reason it just didn’t work out and I never got back on the field. It will be exciting to get back on the field,” Losman said. “I don’t look back and have hard feelings or anything like that. We’re all professionals and that’s just part of it. You just roll.”
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