Bill O'Brien doesn't sound like a coach prepared to remove Ryan Fitzpatrick from under center any time soon.
The first-year coach has been riding with the journeyman quarterback through a 3-4 record so far, but thinks his team's performance is not the reflection of one position playing poorly.
"Fitzy is our quarterback," O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday.
He added: "When you look at our tape ... you cannot just point to one position and say that's the position that is at fault. There are a lot of positions that need to play better. We need to coach better, all those different things. It all goes into why sometimes we stall offensively. It's not one guy."
When coaches begin to endorse a beleaguered starter, it's usually a sign that change is coming. It sounds as if Fitzpatrick still has a bit of leash, but if the season gets out of hand, the team may turn to Ryan Mallett to see what he brings to the table.