Sean McDermott picking his QB a week at a time

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The Bills were in possession of the sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture when coach Sean McDermott opted to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor and start Nathan Peterman against the Chargers in Week 11.

That decision did not bear fruit for the Buffalo offense as Peterman threw five interceptions in the first half and Taylor played out the rest of a 54-24 loss. Taylor got the job back for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and went 19-of-29 for 183 yards and a touchdown as the Bills pushed back into the sixth spot pending Monday night’s Ravens result with a 16-10 win in Kansas City.

McDermott said after the game that Taylor will start against the Patriots next weekend, but wouldn’t say anything about the weeks to come when asked if Taylor would hold the job until or unless the Bills fall out of playoff contention.

“Tyrod’s our quarterback next week,” McDermott said, via NewYorkUpstate.com. ” … I’m focused on the next game. I thought we came out today offensively and did some good things. I told you last week that I did the right thing for this football team and I believe that. What’s important now is what just happened this week and where we’re going next week and that’s what we’re focused on.”

The Bills won’t be out of playoff contention with a lost next Sunday and, whatever his flaws, it seems even clearer now that Taylor has a better chance of keeping the Bills afloat than Peterman. Whether that’s enough for him to hold the job the rest of the way is up to McDermott, however, and he’s not going beyond Week 13.

40 responses to “Sean McDermott picking his QB a week at a time

  1. I can understand preparing for the future but seriously the Bills haven’t been to the playoffs in years. Why ruin a good thing while its happening? Get into the game and see what happens then think about your next QB.

  2. KC lost the game Sunday. An “average” performance against the Bills would have won the game. One score by Taylor says it all. Then the possession with 2+ minutes left and a need to burn the clock was abysmal. Burned all of 15 seconds! Terrible.
    Score one TD each week, go 3 and out repeatedly and we’ll see Peterman and we should. Taylor isn’t going to change.

  3. Maybe he’s just responding to pressure from above to play Peterman but the way McDermott’s handling this assures he’ll never get another head coaching job in the NFL again. No good coach leaves a rookie in to throw 5 INTs in a half and no good QB–no matter how green–keeps heaving the ball up for grabs like Peterman was doing. Coach and QB both failed the general competency test.

  4. Peterman should only see the field if the Bills are eliminated, and considering how weak the AFC is and how the Bills have back to back home games coming up against the Colts and Dolphins, it seems unlikely that the Bills would be eliminated prior to week 17.

  5. GM Kim Pegula has spoken and this sends the wrong message to Taylor and the rest of the team

    I think Taylor stinks, but he’s by far their best QB.

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:16 am
    What a dumpster fire
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    6-5 holding the 6th seed is a dumpster fire?

    Grant it, it’s not how you usually draw it up but playing meaningful games in December is far from a dumpster fire.

  7. As I was mulling my Patriots having a shot at Peterman and his 5 interceptions last week, I had to wonder about who had the most interceptions in a game.

    That record, 8 interceptions in one game, belongs to a guy named Jim Hardy back in 1952. The REALLY amazing thing is that the very next week, he came back and tied the then NFL-record for TD passes in one game with 6!! (Tied with Sammy Baugh and Johnny Lujack). Talk about ups and downs.

  8. what idiot says hey we won but I’m thinking we may need to go back to the guy who threw 5 picks in half. Tyrod is a pro on and off the field. Fine if you don’t want him next year but let him ride out the year.

  9. The telecast couldn’t get off how Tyrod was so effected and his feelings were damaged for a lifetime. The guy is horrible, and they couldn’t stop mentioning how….if he was playing bad currently, it was because he was benched the week prior. What team, will hand the keys to Taylor? One that is tanking.

  10. I’m not so sure the Pats’ wobbly, “communication” resistant secondary will dominate either of these guys. So maybe the silver lining is letting each throw for 220 yds and 1 TD in the game each starts against us so this situation remains unresolved for another year. That could be fun.

  11. I liked the way McDermott got started in Buffalo. Now…he’s lost me. Taylor isn’t as bad as his haters think he is, but the offense needs to be geared toward a guy’s strengths for a mid-level quarterback like him to succeed. They’ve got a .500 caliber roster and Taylor is keeping them right around that level. Improve all around him and he’s plenty adequate to take a team to the playoffs. Good luck to Bills fans if they decide to go with Peterman or a rookie next year.

  12. taylor isnt ‘elite’ but he’s good enough to get the job done..what a joke…gimmie taylor on my squad (jets) any day

  13. billsfan says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:20 am
    KC lost the game Sunday. An “average” performance against the Bills would have won the game. One score by Taylor says it all. Then the possession with 2+ minutes left and a need to burn the clock was abysmal. Burned all of 15 seconds! Terrible.
    Score one TD each week, go 3 and out repeatedly and we’ll see Peterman and we should. Taylor isn’t going to change.

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    There is more to quarterbacking than just looking at the stats and touchdown totals. Pre snap calls, whether or not to audible to a run or pass, throwing the ball away rather than forcing a throw into a turnover, getting the offense lined up in time (tempo), and so on. Most of which don’t show up in a box score and most of which Taylor is much better than Peterman is at this point in time..and I’m not just including his epic 1st half against the chargers in that assessment I’m including his performance during preseason.

    The Bills players all know who is the better QB on the team right now….too bad Bills fans and Head coach don’t.

  14. Oh yeah, one last thing, how about hitting a receiver in stride? I feel for you, Nick O’Leary, having to go the ground to catch a ball when nobody is within 10 yards of you, drive ends with a punt. Great QB we have here.

  15. If Peterman doesn’t play the worst game of his life, it would be easy to go to him here. I’d still go to him, he has a better command of the offense and it shows, even under those circumstances. What would you rather have, turnovers or sacks that kill drives? I’d say Peterman fixes his Turnover issue before Tyrod understands how to read a defense, play situational football and improve his accuracy. Not like we have 40 games worth of tape on Tyrod to say he isn’t going to change…

  16. To outsiders McDermott’s comment might make no sense at all considering how Peterman played against LAC however to Bills fans it makes perfect sense.

    McDermott doesn’t want to eat his words again and he knows that if we get knocked out of the playoff hunt he will likely turn to Peterman.

    Also, Taylor does not play well unless the pressure is on. The added pressure will ensure that he takes chances downfield to move the offense and also ensures that he uses his legs more to make plays.

    Without the pressure he will check the ball down throughout games and refuse to run in order to maintain his belief that he’s a pocket passer.

  17. “They’ve got a .500 caliber roster and Taylor is keeping them right around that level. Improve all around him and he’s plenty adequate to take a team to the playoffs.”

    He could get a team to the playoffs with a good team around him…but do you want your team’s goal to be playoffs or championship? Shy of a historically good D and strong running game, Tyrod isn’t winning any championships.

  18. People who actually watch the Bills play understand the Peterman move. To continually watch Tyrod throw 2 yard completions when it is 3rd and 8 is not the way to move the sticks. In yesterday’s media lovefest for Tyrod, they did mention in passing that the Bills are last in the league in 3rd down conversions.
    He threw past the sticks yesterday on 3rd down, more incompletes, but also more first downs. Hopefully he got the message and does well. Seems like a good guy, would like him to be successful.

  19. I can understand preparing for the future but seriously the Bills haven’t been to the playoffs in years. Why ruin a good thing while its happening? Get into the game and see what happens then think about your next QB.

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    The “good thing while its happening” that was ruined was a losing streak. Back to back blowouts against the Saints and the freakin’ Jets. The “good thing while its happening” that is Tyrod’s career is exactly what he did this Sunday – 183, 1 TD, 0 INT, and the Bills eke on a win on the strength of their defense.

    So yes, if your defense is lights out, Tyrod can win football games. If they crack at all, the Bills stand no chance.

    Nothing has changed in the QB department since last week. McDermott was clearly wrong in thinking that Peterman was ready, but he wasn’t wrong in thinking Tyrod isn’t the guy.

  20. I am sure coaching an NFL team is more challenging than we all think. However…playing Taylor over Peterman is not one of those challenges. Your team is in the playoff hunt and you bench Tyrod – who has the lowest interception rate in the NFL. Well that makes perfect sense. I think McDermott may have gotten himself fired….unless that direction came from above – and in that case McDermott should fire himself for listening.

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