Sean McDermott wants Tyrod Taylor to be “one-eleventh” of offense


Bills coach Sean McDermott confirmed on Wednesday morning that quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been cleared from the concussion protocol and is on track to start against the Jets on Sunday.

That will kick off a crucial season for Taylor, who signed a new contract with the Bills this offseason that will leave the team with an easy out in the event they want to move forward with a different quarterback. McDermott was asked Wednesday what Taylor has to do to avoid that outcome.

“Go out and do his job, be one-eleventh of this football team,” McDermott said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.

Do your job is a well-established mantra for coaches at this point, especially the one sitting atop the AFC East, but the job description for quarterbacks is more complicated than just being one of 11 players. They play a more significant role in the offense because they have the ball in their hands every play and Taylor’s future in Buffalo is almost certainly going to hinge on his ability to be more than just a face in the crowd this season.

12 responses to “Sean McDermott wants Tyrod Taylor to be “one-eleventh” of offense

  1. Out of all the New Coaches he was the one i was the most excited about, but the more he talks and the more i see his team play, the more i think he will be a 1 year wonder.

  2. I have concerns about Tyrod. He certainly wasn’t anything pre-season, and my guess it will spill over into the season. Jets will keep it close this weekend, hate to say may even an upset.

  3. In a league that goes so far to protect QBs and has rules set to enhance the passing game, a 1/11 type of result from a QB is a very low expectation. This does not sound good for Bills fans.

  4. McDermott is just following in the Jason Garrett lineage of puppetry coaches…Neither has any say in matters of importance, and they are paid well to be cheerleaders…

  5. I’ve heard of a coach saying his young QB needs to learn it’s not “all on him” and that he needs to learn to “trust his teammates” (including our own Mariota), but telling a QB that doing his job is only one-eleventh? Seriously? That’s like saying, “We don’t even trust you to be a game manager, kid.”

  6. McDermott got to see first hand what happens when a QB tries to do too much. It got Cam Newton hurt and that had severe consequences for the Panthers’ 2016 season. The coaches and coordinators will use schemes and plays that make the most of the team’s strengths. It is up to Taylor to do his part. That doesn’t mean taking off and running if the primary WR is covered on a called pass.

  7. well, this guy made sure early in his head coaching career that he’s known as another idiot defensive minded coach that doesn’t understand (or accept) offensive football.

    I mean, come on! Even an average fan knows that the quarterback is the most important part of your team. Even if you’re a running team your QB still has to account for passing the ball and getting out of 2nd and long and 3rd and long situations.

    By making a “1/11th” comment, all McDermott has done is shown he wants to minimize the most important position as well as minimize the player he’s supposed to support.

    In the late 1930’s, college coach Jack Sutherland said: “The forward pass is a cowardly, immoral play”.

    Another old quote: “Three things can happen when you throw the ball and two of them are bad” (usually attributed to Woody Hayes).

    This ancient and conservative football philosophy towards offensive football still permeates in some coaching circles to varying degrees.

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