Bills go back to Tyrod Taylor as starting quarterback

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Bills coach Sean McDermott gave it a shot. At least he didn’t double down on his mistake.

McDermott just told reporters he was going back to Tyrod Taylor as his starting quarterback this week against the Chiefs, as opposed to continuing the ill-fated Nathan Peterman experiment.

Peterman was, simply put, awful last week, throwing five interceptions in the first half, and completing 6-of-14 passes for 66 yards.

Taylor came in at halftime and did what he does, playing efficiently if not dramatically, going 15-of-25 for 158 yards and a touchdown.

It had to be hard to swallow for the rookie head coach, but better not to compound the mistake. Taylor’s probably competent enough to keep the Bills from being able to get the draft pick they need to upgrade from him, but for the sake of the rest of the team, convincing them you’re actually trying to win demanded going back to Taylor.

54 responses to “Bills go back to Tyrod Taylor as starting quarterback

  1. The only real question here is why it took 3 days to reach this obvious conclusion. Guy throws 5 INTSs in a a half of football, he was obviously overwhelmed and not only shouldn’t be starting, probably should be bumped to QB3 until he proves he can handle the speed of the NFL game. Tylor isn’t a top tier QB but he’s solid, tough to game plan against and the Bills were still the 6th seed? Bizarre decision all around to begin with.

  2. I have no issue with him going to Peterman. We needed a jumpstart and it failed. He realized that and is doing the right thing. But listening to people say this move was racially motivated in the first place should be banned from either commenting or talking in sports media ever again. This was nothing more than seeing a qb who was struggling, and don’t believe the fact that Taylor was not throwing ints as a sign he was not struggling. This is a perfect reason as to why analytics only tell part of a story and should not be the barometer for how a player was doing…

    Those who watch the games know that he hasn’t been lighting up. So McDermott tried something new. It didn’t work and now he is going back….

    This is a 3 win team that played over their heads at the beginning to be 5-2…. this process is still in work so anybody who thinks he destroyed the playoffs should just drink acid. This team needs more than one offseason and they need a franchise qb.

    But I’d love to see them get McCoy and fired Dennison. McCoy would utilize Taylor better

    But for god sake. This wasn’t racism at all

  3. gridassassin says:
    November 22, 2017 at 9:46 am
    Did the other QB get stigmatized as a ‘white QB’?

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    Nope. Just “a terrible QB”.

  4. Tyrod in Denver or Jacksonville would be big. The guy is a competent QB who doesn’t turn over the ball. Denver already proved with their last Superbowl they can win with a competent QB, yes the great Peyton Manning was merely a game manager, and a great defense.

  5. Last week the HC says he thinks Peterman “gives them the best opportunity to win”.
    This week he is back to Tyrod. I think he is making the right decision this week. HOWEVER, you kind of have to be concerned about the evaluation he made last week. If he can be that wrong on that, what other mistakes is he making? Or maybe ownership just jammed it down his throat. Either way, it was not a good look for the HC.

  6. In the words of Larry David in a recent Curb episode…Can we just hit the reset button and pretend the benching never happened?

  7. Peterman’s half of football was like one of those optical illusion tests. Which did you see first: The coach who left a rookie QB in long enough to throw 5 INTs in a half? Or the QB who kept blindly heaving it into coverage when he already had 4 INTs? You don’t want either on your team.

  8. The Bills have a fatal flaw. Nobody in their organization knows how to evaluate QB’s. They switch back and forth between two non-QB’s, and everyone is arguing about which one they should go with. When the guy who takes the snap from center every play is not as good as the guy doing the same thing for the other team, that puts you at a huge disadvantage. There’s been a rumor out for a while that says this is a QB driven league. I guess that rumor never made it to Buffalo. Tyrod Taylor might be a lot of things, but what he needs to be is the best QB on the field that day. He’s usually not.

  9. Tyrod Taylor is a decent NFL QB, who for some reason seems to be less than the sum of his parts. If you look at his career numbers (passing, rushing, turnovers, etc), he looks good. However, the end result seems often to be be found wanting?
    I would also not brand Nate Peterman as a ‘lousy’ QB, based on one half of football in his rookie year. He grew into an outstanding college QB at Pitt, leading them to huge upset wins over Clemson and Penn State his last year. He’ll likely develop nicely in the NFL if given the chance.

  10. This is what happens when Kim Peluga is the de facto GM… Any die hard Bills fan has to be embarrassed…

  11. Peterman will play again this year. The Bills aren’t done looking at this kid. He has all the attributes to be a very good QB in this league. They won’t give up draft picks to move up. They’re going to draft linemen, so whoever is playing QB isn’t constantly running for their life. O-line sucks!

  12. It’s fun for all the football bloggers to pile on McDermott and Peterman, but it’s easy to see why he made the switch, and you saw it on Peterman’s first pass to Benjamin. A tight window throw that gave his receiver a chance to make a play. Taylor would have never thrown that pass…never.

    Yep, 5 picks. 2 bounced off his receiver’s hands, one he was hit as he threw, and 2 bad decisions. Lots of HoF QB’s have had days like that. I don’t know if the kid can play long term, but he’ll get another chance at some point.

  13. Its obvious that the GM wanted Peterman to play and to tank the rest of the year.. Tyrod is on his way out after the season.

  14. I’m not defending McDermott, but I think there is a decent chance that this Charger defense does the same thing to Dak on Thursday.

  15. “He has all the attributes to be a very good QB in this league.”
    __________

    Except for the most important one: Protecting the football. I don’t care how unprepared or green a QB is–good ones don’t throw that many bad passes in a half. The first one was off a receiver’s hands but the rest were all simply horrible–either so far off target you couldn’t tell who he was aiming at or blindly thrown up for grabs. Any good QB would have started throwing the ball out of bounds or scrambling WAY before 5 picks happened.

  16. So, if the offense fails to put up points, again, whose fault is it? Going to point the finger at Dennison? Then what? Tyrod Taylor is not a starting QB and Peterman is a rookie who turned the ball over 1 more time than a few other QB’s on Sunday, QB’s who have both been around longer and have been touted as “above average”. Nobody here knows how to evaluate the QB position, so why any of you think you know this was the right/wrong decision can just stop kidding yourselves. It won’t matter anyways, Tyrod will be somewhere else next year, piloting a team to 8-8, so hopefully all the fans on his below average jock will follow him there. I will be there next Sunday to Boo this bum off the field for every sack he takes, every check down he makes, I’ll be booing him.

  17. “Tyrod in Denver or Jacksonville would be big. The guy is a competent QB who doesn’t turn over the ball. ”

    Unless you count going 3 and out as turning the ball over…then Tyrod is right up there with the other less than desirable QBs. He’ll get you less INTs, but he’ll also get you more 3 & outs than the average bear. Tyrod isn’t (usually) terrible, but he’s not as good as his favorable, padded efficiency stats suggest either. Tyrod would make for an awesome backup QB, especially coming in off the bench against a team not prepped to face him! But as a starter, he’s mediocre. There are easily 15 QBs you’d rather have, and there are probably 10 teams you’d say are no better or are actually worse off. Tyrod falls somewhere in what’s left. He’s probably around the 20th ‘best’ QB…you could easily do worse with a backup or terrible starter, but it shouldn’t be all THAT hard to do better.

  18. Brett Hundley would like to thank Peterman for making sure he wasn’t the worst QB last week. Normally a performance as bad as Hundley’s would take that prize, but not this time!

  19. LOL

    Absolutely classic. What a dumpster fire.

    4 3 Rate This

    Well, not everyone can hire a coach who had a 450 winning percentage, discuss the need to bring in another body in training camp, decide to draft Tom Brady and luck into the greatest qb of all time. Your era of dominance, while impressive as hell, is lucky as hell. But no worries, you feel good living vicariously through your sports team because you have nothing else in life

  20. 6thsense10 says:
    November 22, 2017 at 9:58 am
    Tyrod in Denver or Jacksonville would be big. The guy is a competent QB who doesn’t turn over the ball. Denver already proved with their last Superbowl they can win with a competent QB, yes the great Peyton Manning was merely a game manager, and a great defense.

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    What? Tyrod Taylor is competent, but as a back up. The goal of any team should be to win the Super Bowl and you can’t with Tyrod Taylor.

    Ben, Brady and Peyton represented the AFC in the Super Bowl 14 out of the last 16 years. You need an elite QB. Teams aren’t winning anything with Taylor.

  21. spillertime21 says:
    November 22, 2017 at 10:20 am
    Who cares, neither of them will be the Bills starting QB in 2018 anyway…….

    Sure… but who will they get. They’ve won too many games to get Rosen or Darnold.

  22. onebuffalove716 says:
    November 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Well, not everyone can hire a coach who had a 450 winning percentage, discuss the need to bring in another body in training camp, decide to draft Tom Brady and luck into the greatest qb of all time. Your era of dominance, while impressive as hell, is lucky as hell.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————-
    18 years of sustained excellence and this bozo attributes it to luck. Michael Jordan, Muhammed Ali, Roger Federer, Derek Jeter, all just lucky, I guess.

  23. onebuffalove716 says:
    November 22, 2017 at 9:49 am
    I have no issue with him going to Peterman. We needed a jumpstart and it failed.
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    But he wasn’t a known phenom 1st overal pick like a Peyton Manning (and even Peyton did badly his first year!), or a known athletic scrambling freak, but a low-round pick with very little training into the team’s program – guys like that typically need a 2-3yr program to really learn the NFL. And for now – ok, so Tyrod isn’t the future, but he’s an acceptable present while the future is sought. Instead, you all may have just wrecked Peterman’s psyche with this unnecessary desperation move.

  24. Taylor was struggling big time and the HC took a chance with a quarterback change. Yes, It failed, but you can’t blame McDermott for attempting to end the two game blowout streak. Even though Taylor wasn’t throwing interceptions he was struggling to move the ball down the field. Peterman came in to relieve Taylor in the Saints game and moved right down the field and scored. Everyone knew it looked too good to be true, but McDermott took a shot at it. The experiment didn’t work, so back to Taylor it goes. Hopefully this is what Tyrod needed to get back into his element when he was a solid quarterback.

  25. Should have kept Peterman in: Dude was on pace to break all the interceptions records while playing less then half a season.

    He was looking like such a train wreck that Redzone would need to start to double box all his plays no matter what cause you know something terrible is going to happen.

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