In a Tuesday interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio's "Moving the Chains," Bills general manager Doug Whaley sounded like a man ready to go forward with the rookie as his starting quarterback.
"Most successful quarterbacks have that 'it' factor. (Manuel) has that 'it' factor," Whaley explained. "When he walks into a room, there's a presence and people take notice. He's going to be the face of our franchise, and it's not too big for him."
As Gregg Rosenthal likes to point out, the tie goes to the rookie in quarterback competitions. That wasn't always the case, but the NFL culture has changed with the success of so many young quarterbacks over the past few years.
There's nothing to be gained by trotting out a sack-prone Kolb in Week 1 when the coaching staff and the front office view Manuel as the franchise quarterback. The rookie is in the driver's seat for this training-camp battle.