The Bills have won three straight games to turn the narrative of their season around after they looked bad in their first two games of the year.
That change in fortunes makes it likelier that the Bills will keep coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley beyond this season and that they will be involved in the decision to keep quarterback Tyrod Taylor for $27.5 million in salary and bonus next year. Taylor’s numbers in the first five weeks are down in most categories compared to last season, but Whaley said Friday that Taylor has been better than he was in 2015.
“I think he’s better,” Whaley said on WGR 550, via NewYorkUpstate.com. “The one thing you can definitely hang your hat on is he does not turn the ball over. The other thing that we’re seeing now is like I said, he’s doing whatever it takes to get this team to put points on the board. That’s what it takes. Until they change the rules, if we score more points than the other team, let’s just figure out a way to do that. So I think he’s just continuing to get better and better.”
Whaley noted Taylor’s ability to make plays with his legs, something that was on display on a touchdown pass to Justin Hunter in Los Angeles last Sunday, while saying he’s seen progress in the passing game as well. Taylor isn’t helped by the absence of wide receiver Sammy Watkins in that regard, but he’s found ways to succeed each week without the eye-popping numbers some other quarterbacks might put up.
If the Bills defense continues to play as well as it has the last few weeks, that should be enough to keep the Bills from slipping back to where they were in their first two games. That would also seem to help Taylor’s chances of sticking with the team beyond this season.