It didn’t take the Buffalo Bills long to grow tired of their 2013 first-round pick.

Following a 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans Sunday, head coach Doug Marrone made the surprising announcement that the Bills are benching EJ Manuel in favor or veteran Kyle Orton. Manuel went 21-for-44 with 225 passing yards and two touchdowns for the Bills in the loss, their second straight defeat following a 2-0 start.

SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan were surprised by the Bills’ decision, forecasting that the quarterback switch won’t help Buffalo enough to make the postseason.

“That’s a major setback,” Kirwan said. “It means that the guy that you drafted is at this time not considered the franchise guy. You’re not willing to pay the price of experience, what it costs to have experience. It’s tough. What if Kyle Orton fails? What are we doing then?”

Kirwan continued:

“Did he play bad enough in your opinion for this to happen? On the road against Houston, he has a touchdown pass to Sammy [Watkins], he throws an 80-yard touchdown to Mike Williams, they lose 17-23 … Is this, if you were the quarterback coach and I came into your room and said should we take this team off your field, what would you say?”

Miller said he didn’t think Manuel should’ve been benched, and pointed to the Bills’ new ownership possibly pressuring Marrone to make the switch.

“If they go 8-8 with Kyle Orton, you think they’re keeping their jobs?” Kirwan added. “Well, what are we doing?”

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