Bills bench Tyrod Taylor, will start Nathan Peterman

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The struggling Bills have made a change at quarterback.

Bills‏ head coach Sean McDermott announced this morning that Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback on Sunday and Tyrod Taylor will go to the bench.

“We are in the playoff hunt and we are always focused on becoming the best team possible. We were made for better than 5-4,” McDermott said.

McDermott benched Taylor for Peterman late in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Saints, and Peterman played reasonably well, although that was in garbage time, and after the game McDermott said he was sticking with Taylor. Apparently a few days of thought led to McDermott changing his mind.

The Bills got off to a hot start this season but have been blown out two weeks in a row, first to the Jets and then on Sunday to the Saints. Taylor has hardly been to blame for all of it — the Bills’ defense has struggled mightily as well — but he bears enough of the blame that McDermott wants to see what the young backup can do. On Sunday in Los Angeles, Peterman will start against the Chargers.

83 responses to “Bills bench Tyrod Taylor, will start Nathan Peterman

  1. This will satisfy a small group of fans, but I don’t think Peterman is ready for the big time. We will see, I guess. #stillonteamtyrod

  2. We have to see what this kid has, in order to determine if a QB needs to be selected in the draft. Smart move…this is a win-win, short-term and long-term. Not the same old Bills!

  3. This is a good move. Taylor’s play has been miserable and any other team would have benched him by now. Week after week he looks like a rookie, failing to see open WR’s, holding the ball too long, and checking down for little or no gain. He doesn’t seem to be getting any better and may have peaked. Peterman has looked sharp. The offense could use a jump start.

  4. McDermott is pointing this team in the right direction. However there is still a lot of work to be done to distance himself, and the team, from the dumpster fire that Ryan had created.

  5. About time. The writing was on the wall when the Bills went out and got Benjamin. Clay was back. Benjamin was active. And is all you could muster was 57 yards, even when the Saints clearly “gave up” in the third, yet somehow Peterman comes in and out preforms your day in just a couple of drives. 250 yards this week, book it.

  6. Interesting to see them bench Taylor – the defense seemed more to blame. Once you get into a hole as they did against the Saints, their run options are limited and they’re forced to throw every play. Taylor is not the guy to be heaving the ball down the field and let’s face it, he has no deep threats. I’m indifferent to this season, as most of the players currently on the roster will be gone soon. However, it seems like they have the coach and GM of the future, the players to be named later.

  7. This decision shows the dysfunction in the Bills organization. They panic…….

    He has a young team around him….

    In his time as the starter….. he has done good things.

    Buffalo Bills records[edit]
    Highest completion percentage in single game (91.7%)[29]
    Most rushing yards by Bills quarterback in single game (79)[30]
    Most rushing yards by Bills quarterback in single season (580)[31]
    Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in Bills history (222)[32]
    Longest run by a Bills quarterback (49)[33]
    Most career rushing yards by a Bills quarterback (1,269)[34]

    Changing QB’s mid stream now when your Defense is quitting…..well as I said they panic.

  8. But my question is: WHICH QB just got you over .500 — to your current season record of 5-4? With Tyrod, Bills beat Denver(Sept 24), Atlanta (Oct 1) and Oakland (Oct 29), man.
    W-T-F???

  9. Tyrod has some skills, but it’s a passing league and he cannot read defenses well enough or pass accurately enough on a consistent basis to threaten the league’s best teams.

    May as well see what Mr. Peterman can do.

  10. .
    The Bills are throwing Peterman to the wolves, as their next three are:

    @Chargers

    @Chiefs

    Patriots

    Good luck, Mr Peterman. You’re going to need it.
    .

  11. Maybe they see the Rams dominating with Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins in their lineup. Maybe they realize they got rid of the wrong guys. Pretty soon Reggie Ragland and Ron Darby will be in the Pro Bowl, and then it’s really going to get weird.

  12. “Wow. Could be Peterman vs Clemens if Rivers doesn’t play. EPIC.”
    ______________

    Made all the better by the fact there’ll be as many fans in attendance as a small high school draws in Texas. Only the Texas people want to be there while half these fans will be there on company tickets that were given out Friday afternoon to keep them from going unused. ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE.

  13. Have to evaluate what you have before next draft. Though this sounds more of a front office move than a coaching one.

  14. Wow, quick hook. I am not a Bills fan, but prior to the poor New Orleans showing, his comp% was 72.5% and 74.1% with 5 TD’s 0 INT and 1 fumble against NYJ and OAK. To me it screams “I drafted Peterman, so he had better play”

  15. “Ohh, I’m exhausted. I’ve been on this street a thousand times. It’s never looked so strange. The faces … so cold. In the distance, a fan is crying. Playoffless … a Bills fan perhaps. My back aches, my heart aches .. but my QB, my QB is resilient! Thank God I took off my Tyrod Taylor and put on my Nathan Peterman!”

  16. Defense gives up 6 rushing touchdowns, including a long run to 38 year-old Drew Brees, 300 yards rushing, no sacks, no QB hurries, no QB hits so you change quarterbacks. Here’s a rather disturbing irony…Steve Spagnola former Eagles DC goes to be HC in St. Louis and flames out quickly. Sean McDermott former Eagles DC goes to Buffalo to be HC and has literally lit the flame to his way out the door. Defense gives up that much and the focus is on the QB. No wonder they can’t win.

  17. Anyone saying tyrod shouldn’t be benched has not watched the bills play, and only looks at stat lines. TYROD has been garbage. Absolute garbage. 6 straight drives of 4 plays or less against the saints. Get out of here with that.

  18. On behalf of Broncos fans, I’d like to thank the incompetent Bills coach. Now Elway will get to choose between Taylor and Cousins as the next QB instead of just blindly overpaying Cousins due to a lack of other options. Only the Bills are dumb enough to bench their starter during their best season in years and hand it over to an inexperienced kid, who will predictably ruin their season.

  19. Fools!

    Remember that moment when Cleveland yanked Hoyer for Manziel? That moment when they were actually in the playoff hunt, having the best season in ages, but it wasn’t good enough for them? And how they’ve been completely dreadful ever since?

    That is this moment for the Bills. A team building from nowhere whose ownership thinks they should be an instant top team. A case of the yips over sticking with a QB is the knife in so many hopeless franchises.

  20. They pay the coaches and GM’s the big bucks to make decisions like this. Let’s see how it works out. Taylor might be better suited to come of the bench, and in the long run, even if this move is short lived, it could light the fire under the team that’s needed.

  21. Bills fans ought to file a class action lawsuit against the team for eighteen straight years of emotional distress.

  22. According to ESPN NFL Player Passing Statistics – 2017 as of today:

    Tyrod Taylor passer rating — 16th at 91.4
    Big Ben passer rating — 24th at 83.8

    That’s just how good Big Ben is.

  23. “We are in the playoff hunt and we are always focused on becoming the best team possible.” Thanks, McDermott. I needed a good laugh.

  24. Kaepernick would be perfect for Buffalo. He’s a excellent cold weather QB. I remember when the 49ers beat the Patriots in Foxboro in that cold December game Kap was throwing darts through that cold New England Air.

  25. i think of Taylor as a mid level QB, in this day and age where apparently there arent 32 QB in the whole country worthy of starting, that should be enough.

  26. Anyone that does not get this move hasn’t been watching Tyrod play. In this passing league, he is not a championship QB. We have seen 40 games, with 1 fourth quarter comeback and zero 300yd passing games. He can run, but he is inaccurate and holds the ball too long. He is not going to improve enough to get the job done. Great move, let’s see the rookie that threw 6 TDs in a win over National Champion Clemson last year. If he doesn’t look like he has it, we draft a QB in the first round this year and every year thereafter until we get it right. I bet you see improvement this week – we have weapons in Benjamin, Matthews, Clay and McCoy. LETS GO BUFFALO!!!!

  27. Nate Peterman (he was always ‘Nate’ at Pitt) has the ability to be a very good, productive NFL QB. As he gets comfortable, and begins to play in the NFL like he did in the NCAA, Bills fans will likely be very glad they have him.
    Odd that Taylor has a bad game, and he gets yanked right away, though…

  28. Bills were overachieving early season. Time to move on & make the move, give Peterman valuable playing time and to see if he’s got what it takes. Tyrod is not going to get any better, bottomline he is a decent back-up. Here’s hoping Bills can trade him for a draft pick.

    Tyrod supporters, he may give them the best chance currently but 7-9 is unacceptable, year after year. Aren’t you tired of it? Stop settling for mediocrity.

  29. charliecharger says:
    November 15, 2017 at 10:05 am
    Maybe they see the Rams dominating with Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins in their lineup. Maybe they realize they got rid of the wrong guys. Pretty soon Reggie Ragland and Ron Darby will be in the Pro Bowl, and then it’s really going to get weird.

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    Don’t forget Chris Hogan.

    Wow, those receivers look really good once they get away from the Bills.

    I’m not laughing, I genuinely feel bad for Bills fans.

    Bonus, they still get two chances at the Pats this year.

  30. True story, Tyrod has never brought his team back from more than 10 points. Defense is bad right now, but that doesn’t mean you blame them for not scoring points on offense. NE defense was terrible to start the year, yet still managed to hang 40 on the Texans and win by 3. Tyrod apologists need to find a new team, finally.

  31. “Dominating” and “Sammy Watkins” should never be mentioned in the same sentence. He is a decoy at best, a one trick pony. Zay Jones will have better #’s by seasons end. It hurt to lose woods, he was a sure handed, great blocking, hard nosed WR(Hines Ward like), but no way were the Bills going to give him what he got from the Rams. He’s earned it, and then some, but that’s a pill you have to swallow. Watkins is a bust.

  32. corkspop says:
    November 15, 2017 at 9:53 am
    This is a good move. Taylor’s play has been miserable and any other team would have benched him by now. Week after week he looks like a rookie, failing to see open WR’s, holding the ball too long, and checking down for little or no gain. He doesn’t seem to be getting any better and may have peaked. Peterman has looked sharp. The offense could use a jump start.

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    Here’s how I read it:

    – Heading toward the final quarter of the season and opponents will bring their best defensive schemes. Very difficult way to start for a rookie.

    – Taylor takes care of the ball better than most NFL QBs. No idea if Peterman can do that.
    – Taylor has been playing poorly from a throwing perspective, but has made plays with his legs consistently.
    – The main problem with the last two games was defense, not offense. If the Bills can’t figure out how to stop the run again they won’t win with either QB.
    – The Bills are 5-4 and still in a playoff position because of Taylor, not despite of him. Not sure changing to a rookie now can help the team confidence.

    Seems like a bad move to me unless Peterman is a better talent then he appears to be. Maybe the Bills know they have something good there. We will know soon!

  33. He get Bosa in his debut start. Good luck keeping his confidence up.

    Tyrod Taylor is a pretty good option as a back-up but I just don’t think he is consistent enough to start and his ego/agent won’t allow reasonable backup discussions until it is too late in free agency. Houston is a decent bet for next year if he is willing to back up Watson. I don’t see many non-injury starting opportunities…maybe Denver if they bail on their current group.

  34. So Bills trade for Kelvin Benjamin recently and Charles Clay is finally back…and now the Bills want to yank their decent starting QB for a rookie? This is not great for the offense’s morale or chemistry. And if Peterman flames out after two games, what are the options? Go back to Taylor after you’re out of the wild card hunt? Then you’re right back where you started going into the season.

  35. gah05 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 10:51 am
    Bills were overachieving early season. Time to move on & make the move, give Peterman valuable playing time and to see if he’s got what it takes. Tyrod is not going to get any better, bottomline he is a decent back-up. Here’s hoping Bills can trade him for a draft pick.

    Tyrod supporters, he may give them the best chance currently but 7-9 is unacceptable, year after year. Aren’t you tired of it? Stop settling for mediocrity.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    You had me at “he may give the them the best chance currently”.

  36. wib22 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 11:46 am
    How do the patriots get such an easy ride in the division?

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    Umm, for over 15 years now, the GM and Coach, you have may have heard of him?), kinda really knows what he’s doing, while the other teams arrogantly try to build teams in another way, almost the complete opposite of what BB would do.

    So, you tell us, troll boy.

    It’s the Pats fault other organizations remain delusional and arrogant at the same time.

    I mostly looking at the Jets and Dolphins with this. Buffalo doesn’t have an arrogance about them. It’s more when Rex Ryan was there.

  37. Perhaps the defense would/could play better if Taylor could move the sticks and keep the offense on the field longer. There is no passing threat with Taylor at the helm. He wasn’t able to hit the WR’s that are thriving in LA, SF, and NE.

  38. Such a Bills move – I guess being in playoff contention scared them so much that they’ve decided to give the keys to a rookie who will surely ruin their playoff chances. Well done, Bills, well done.

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    rideforjesus says:
    November 15, 2017 at 10:02 am

    This decision shows the dysfunction in the Bills organization. They panic…….

    He has a young team around him….

    In his time as the starter….. he has done good things.

    Buffalo Bills records[edit]
    Highest completion percentage in single game (91.7%)[29]
    Most rushing yards by Bills quarterback in single game (79)[30]
    Most rushing yards by Bills quarterback in single season (580)[31]
    Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in Bills history (222)[32]
    Longest run by a Bills quarterback (49)[33]
    Most career rushing yards by a Bills quarterback (1,269)[34]

    Changing QB’s mid stream now when your Defense is quitting…..well as I said they panic.
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    Look at these records you quote, they are all because he w3on’t throw to a wide receiver, he just dumps passes down to running backs. The only time4 he will throw to a wideout is if they are open by 5 yards.

  40. Umm, for over 15 years now, the GM and Coach, you have may have heard of him?), kinda really knows what he’s doing, while the other teams arrogantly try to build teams in another way, almost the complete opposite of what BB would do.

    So, you tell us, troll boy.

    It’s the Pats fault other organizations remain delusional and arrogant at the same time.

    I mostly looking at the Jets and Dolphins with this. Buffalo doesn’t have an arrogance about them. It’s more when Rex Ryan was there.
    ———————–
    Yeah okay, tell us about Belichick’s record without Brady. Make sure you include his stint in Cleveland, we don’t another Pats homer cherry picking stats. When Brady is gone, Bellichick will follow.

  41. I like Tyrod, class guy.Does a good job protecting the ball, adds another demension with his ability to run. However, If you watch him he has some flaws that don’t seem to improve. He has accuracy problems, he doesn’t see open receivers and he continues to check down to receivers underneath on 3rd down.
    These all result in too many 3 and outs, which keeps the defense on the field.
    Teams pack it in on the run, and make the game plan to force Tyrod to throw.

  42. Listen to you people. “Defense this, Defense that, blah blah blah”. WE SCORED 3 POINTS WITH TYROD TAYLOR. What, so the Defense needs to shut out every team so Tyrod can have a chance to blow it at the end? Defense has problems, but they were clearly doing something right. The offense, no. Running game wasn’t working. We had the absolute lowest target rate for the WR in the league, by far. Ugh, don’t even know why I’m arguing this, take the blinders off folks, Tyrod Taylor isn’t an NFL QB.

  43. wib22 says:

    November 15, 2017 at 11:46 am

    How do the patriots get such an easy ride in the division?

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    AFC East is tied for second in division wins this year. FAAAAAR from the worst division.

  44. This only makes sense if a better option is waiting in the wings. Peterman is going to get swallowed. You only start a rookie if you are punting on the season or there’s an injury. Bills just traded two picks for a decent receiver, doesn’t seem like they are punting.

  45. I sure hope this kid doesnt light it up this year and the only reason I say this is because the Bills NEED to draft a QB….no matter what. If Peterman was any good he would have been starting day one with a new coaching staff and that didn’t happen…and dont tell me about how he needed to sit behind a vet either, when teams do that, its because they already have a good(old)QB….not because the guy starting is bad

  46. I don’t care who they put at quarterback, neither will win if they can’t fix that run defense. Just in the last two games against the Jets and Saints; the Bills have given up 492 rushing yards, 5.5 ypc, and 9 touchdowns.

  47. The one way I can see this making sense is if his desire to know what he has in his rookie is bigger than his caring how they do regarding the playoffs. In defense if that thinking, he already knew that make the playoffs or not it wasnt going much farther so maybe he doesnt think its that important. Maybe his aspirations are much higher then just ‘maybe making the playoffs’ so this year is less important to him than what he can learn to help him in future years,

    Not saying this is it, but if I look at all angles I can see that one too.

  48. Big Green Bird says:
    November 15, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    The one way I can see this making sense is if his desire to know what he has in his rookie is bigger than his caring how they do regarding the playoffs. In defense if that thinking, he already knew that make the playoffs or not it wasnt going much farther so maybe he doesnt think its that important. Maybe his aspirations are much higher then just ‘maybe making the playoffs’ so this year is less important to him than what he can learn to help him in future years,

    Not saying this is it, but if I look at all angles I can see that one too.
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    No way. This is the Bills. There is NO way they will abandon a chance at a playoff game just to see if their backup QB has any moxie. They have not been to the playoffs since “The Music City Miracle”. Their fans want the playoffs–even if it winds up being a 3 TD loss.

  49. We have seen enough of tyrod, he is a backup QB and that’s it. He has not progressed over years, same mistakes, same shortfalls, Bills will be average at best with him.

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