McDermott is evaluating the quarterback position, unless he isn’t

AP

Most of the attention regarding a possible quarterback change has landed on Jacksonville, given comments from coach Doug Marrone that clearly throw the gig up for grabs. But the Bills may have a slightly tenuous situation at best, after performances in Philly from starter Tyrod Taylor and No. 3-turned-No. 2 rookie Nathan Peterman.

Unless they don’t.

“I was disappointed in the rhythm of the offense really,” coach Sean McDermott said when asked to evaluate Taylor’s performance. “I didn’t think we got into a rhythm overall. Tyrod obviously had some plays that he’d like back. We all do. So there’s a lot of hands that go into that cookie jar as far as that’s concerned. We have to do a better job of getting off to a faster start on offense and at times taking advantage of field position when we have it.”

Here’s what McDermott said about Peterman:  “Nate’s done a nice job. He’s had a good camp. He’s very poised and does a good job with being decisive in the pocket. I did like how he moved the offense when he came in. He’s doing a nice job and he’ll continue to develop. I’m going to [need to] look at the tape to say anymore at this point.”

Then came the money question. Would McDermott consider a quarterback change at this point?

“We’re always going to evaluate everything and that goes for everything including the quarterback position,” McDermott said. “I thought Tyrod has done some good things. Last week he moved the offense and we had some penalties. So we’re going to evaluate the film. I’m going to evaluate the job that I did tonight and then we each need to evaluate the job that each of us did and then continue to get better as a unit.”

That sounds ominous. And McDermott apparently realized it. So he told Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News that the Bills are not considering a quarterback change.

So even though everything is being evaluated, the most important position on the field isn’t part of that everything.

16 responses to “McDermott is evaluating the quarterback position, unless he isn’t

  1. It is the preseason… a time to evaluate, but not a time to worry. Now if Taylor struggles in week 2 or 3 of the regular season, then I’d worry, but right now there is no continuity, no stability. Tom Brady looked terrible in preseason last year and you didn’t see them clamoring for his replacement. Taylor will be ready week 1 and back in rhythm, If not they can worry about it then.

  2. The Bills aren’t going to win anything this year in Brady’s division. So I say start the season with Taylor and if he’s the same guy he has been the last two years, you make the change. Peterman is a rookie and bound to make some rookie mistakes. That being said, I like his poise and confidence. He made some really nice throws last night that I’m not sure Taylor could make. He may just be one of those late round QBs that turn out to be a good one. He’s going to need game experience to find out.

  3. The Bills aren’t going to win anything this year in Brady’s division. So I say start the season with Taylor and if he’s the same guy he has been the last two years, you make the change. Peterman is a rookie and bound to make some rookie mistakes. That being said, I like his poise and confidence. He made some really nice throws last night that I’m not sure Taylor could make. He may just be one of those late round QBs that turn out to be a good one. He’s going to need game experience to find out.

  4. I don’t think a 2 interception preseason game should be reason to have your job in jeopardy. It’s early, you’re entirely in rhythm and you’re probably not taking it seriously at this point.

    But I don’t think Tyrod should be someone who is immune from whispers about getting pulled at some point during the regular season. Even during his “good” year two seasons ago, it never quite looked like he could run an NFL offense. It seemed like Rex Ryan grabbed the best college quarterback playing on Saturdays and threw him onto the field on Sunday. Yes, if you took the leading Heisman candidate he’d have some good offensive days against an NFL team, but you’re never going to win or get consistency until the maturation process begins.

  5. Ok before we get ahead of ourselves here I say put Peterman with the first team offense for a quarter next week against the Ravens. That way we can see what good and bad things he does against starting defenseman in the NFL. Obv at the end of the day Rod is the #1 QB on this team and by the way the O-Line looks he’ll probably end up hurt before week 6 anyways.

  6. Taylor moved the ball well last week because he still had the one WR he trusted — Sammy Watkins. Now that he’s gone, the Bills have a bunch of slot WRs paired with a QB who hesitates to throw over the middle. Taylor’s days in Buffalo will be over by the end of this season, if not sooner.

  7. cmon man, anybody watching last night saw peterman make a throw to fellow rookie zay jonessin the endzone that taylor could never make. it was perfect. taylor won’t last the season as a bill.

  8. gah05 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 7:55 am
    Trade Tyrod now & get a draft pick. Start Yates and bring along Peterman by game 4 ~ 6. But why not?
    ********************************************************************
    Who’s going to give you a sandwich for Tyrod Taylor?

    Much less a draft pick, geez.

  9. tyrod from the old regime he will be gone unless he plays out of his mind,new coach wants to hand pick his qb for his new team,plus tyrod going to cost too much for someone not playing that good.

  10. Sean who? Amazing. They had their qb of the future right there a few months ago. And in typical bills fashion blew it and traded the pick to kc. All well no sweat franchise qb’s can be found every year’s nfl draft.

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