Tyrod Taylor on possible benching: That’s coach’s decision

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A Sunday morning report that the Bills could fire coach Rex Ryan sooner rather than later included some discussion of people in the organization wanting to see rookie Cardale Jones get time at quarterback at the expense of Tyrod Taylor.

Ryan didn’t commit to starting Taylor against the Browns next Sunday, saying “we’ll see” when asked about the possibility of making a change at the position. Taylor didn’t have much to say beyond it being “coach’s decision” when asked about the lack of commitment and whether he felt he should remain the starter after a game that saw the Bills do almost nothing offensively until they were down 17 points in the second half.

“Left some plays out there,” Taylor said. “Definitely didn’t play my best. I let the team down a couple plays, but gotta move forward. I was about to put some points up in the fourth quarter, but it was just too late.”

Complicating any decision about Taylor is the contract option that the Bills have to decide on by March. Picking it up guarantees Taylor around $27.5 million right away and locks him in as the team’s starter, which isn’t really a call they can make until they know what kind of changes will be made to the coaching staff and/or front office after another flameout in Buffalo.

27 responses to “Tyrod Taylor on possible benching: That’s coach’s decision

  1. This decision is so obvious but in Buffalo, it’s a conundrum.

    This team has problems from the ownership down to the QB and everybody in between.

    Pegula needs to hire a football man and give him total control, but he won’t do that. He’ll continue to have the GM and HC report directly to him.

  2. Only in Buffal can a failing GM, who doesn’t know what a Quarterback looks like, survive…

  3. Yesterday was embarrassing. Taylor can go, Ryan(s) can go, annnnd, they can take Whaley with them. Oh, and make room in the car for EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones
    The Bills have no one at Quarterback. Whaley has stated a franchise QB is unnecessary. Well, judging by this season, that’s being proven wrong. If nt for Shady, they would have lost a bunch more games.
    The status of the most important position on the team is pathetic.
    Throw them all out and find someone who knows how to build a team WITH a QB.

  4. “…I was about to put some points up in the fourth quarter”. That’s hilarious. Was he drunk when he said that?

  5. not a rex apologist but im wondering is this dude will ever get a legit NFL starting QB to run his office as head coach, because the 2 he has had with the jets and bills are GAWD awful

  6. I don’t follow Taylor’s career but he’s looked decent at times. The problem in Buffalo definitely isn’t the QB but the HC. As long as the Ryan Bros. circus is in town, things will continue to look bleak.

    I kind of feel sorry for Bills fans. Things were looking hopeful until Doug Marrone quit on them. That franchise also went through something similar with Lou Saban many years ago. If I were following the Bills, I’d want Pegula to bring in someone like Tom Coughlin who’s a good HC that’s made it known that he’s available.

  7. This will be the front offices decision, not Rex’s. I think this chapter on the Bills inability to find a QB since Kelly retired, is closed. Cardale Jones is not the answer either. No decent QBs in free agency and only Watson in the draft meaning at least 2 more years of inept QB play.

    Poor drafting and roster building makes me think major changes are coming that will include Rex, Whaley and Brandon.

  8. The local grocery stores need to stock up on paper bags for the next two weeks.
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    As a long suffering Bills fan, plastic would be more effective.

  9. This is the QB Rex wanted,

    the Bills are a mess because of the HC meddling with the roster. and wanting certain players i have said it before

    the GM made a big mistake with china doll Watkins, moving up and trading a pick for him.

    This years draft was very obvious ownership said give Rex what he wants in the player dept. that has turned out that well.

    Whaley is a good talent evaluator and without a coach meddling to much probably a good GM Rex is not his guy but ownership’s

    the scrambling QB is not a long term solution in the NFL

  10. dusthtyrhothdes said:

    “not a rex apologist but im wondering is this dude will ever get a legit NFL starting QB to run his office as head coach, because the 2 he has had with the jets and bills are GAWD awful”

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    A fair question, though both Mark Sanchez and Tyrod Taylor were guys who Rex specifically either drafted or signed, so they were both his calls/failures.

    The fault still lies with Sexy Rexy no matter which way you cut it.

  11. The guy made the pro bowl last year. Maybe it’s the pressure with the contract coming up in the future.

  12. I like Taylor… he goes balls to the wall every second he is on the field. The issues this team is having should not be put squarely on his shoulders alone. There are many things that have contributed to the struggles they are having… #1 being injuries. The Bills are averaging 12.5 season ending injuries a year since 2002. That is good for #2 in the league. Either the Bills need to revamp their training staff or they just have bad luck… whatever it is injuries are the biggest issue this team faces year after year. How do you expect a semi-new starting quarterback to have success when 80% of his starting receivers are either hurt or sitting on IR? He has had to deal with this carousel of receivers all year long… losing your best lineman for the season, at times his starting rb & te too! Tyrod has left nothing on the field this season… the kid works as hard as any qb in this league, but you can only do so much by yourself.

  13. .
    The problem that the Bills, Dolphins and Jets have at the QB position is trying to keep up with Tom Brady. Many years those teams have been very close to the Patriots, but Brady has always been the difference maker.
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  14. “This years draft was very obvious ownership said give Rex what he wants in the player dept. that has turned out that well.”

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    Yes the 1st and second rounders looked good on the IR list

  15. 6ball says:
    Dec 12, 2016 9:56 AM
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    The problem that the Bills, Dolphins and Jets have at the QB position is trying to keep up with Tom Brady. Many years those teams have been very close to the Patriots, but Brady has always been the difference maker.

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    Put Brady with the Bills, Dolphins, or Jets and they would not replicate Patriots success. Those teams do not have the Patriots system. They do not have an ownership, management, and coaching staff to implement and support such a system.

  16. ralphwilsonisrich says:
    Dec 12, 2016 9:41 AM
    The guy made the pro bowl last year. Maybe it’s the pressure with the contract coming up in the future.
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    As long as there’s a lot of fans like you and “EJ” around, don’t expect anything to change because you’re aiming too low and satisfied with mediocrity.

  17. I heard on radio this morning that the Bills don’t want to risk injury with Tyrod Taylor now that they are basically out of the playoffs.

    If he is injured and not well enough to start 2017 season, the $27.5 Mil becomes guaranteed which they need to avoid at all cost.

    EJ & Cardale duo will be playing moving forward I would think.

  18. GM needs to get some talent in the WR/TE section of his team.

    One often injured star WR doesn’t make your QB look very good, especially when there are a bunch of turds behind him.

  19. billsfan says:
    Dec 12, 2016 7:57 AM

    Yesterday was embarrassing. Taylor can go, Ryan(s) can go, annnnd, they can take Whaley with them. Oh, and make room in the car for EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones
    The Bills have no one at Quarterback. Whaley has stated a franchise QB is unnecessary. Well, judging by this season, that’s being proven wrong. If nt for Shady, they would have lost a bunch more games.
    The status of the most important position on the team is pathetic.
    Throw them all out and find someone who knows how to build a team WITH a QB.
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    Jones is a project and he was signed with the Bills knowing that. To want to cut him without even seeing him in a single game is just dumb. Who knows, 3-4 years from now he could be the next Roethlisberger.

  20. iammrbinky says:
    Dec 12, 2016 9:19 AM

    This will be the front offices decision, not Rex’s. I think this chapter on the Bills inability to find a QB since Kelly retired, is closed. Cardale Jones is not the answer either. No decent QBs in free agency and only Watson in the draft meaning at least 2 more years of inept QB play.

    Poor drafting and roster building makes me think major changes are coming that will include Rex, Whaley and Brandon.
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    Must be nice to be psychic. No one knows how good or bad Jones will be and to say otherwise is just ignorant.

  21. Although it seems improbable. The Bills can still make the playoffs if they beat the Browns, Jets and Dolphins. Taylor gives them their best chance to win. He should only be benched when the team is eliminated.
    The Broncos, Ravens and Dolphins may not get to 9 and 7 records because of their difficult schedules. The Bills would be firing Rex Ryan after going 8 and 8 and potentially 9 and 7.

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