Tyrod Taylor probably needs a new team, the Denver Broncos probably need a new quarterback, and both sides could be getting just that this offseason.
Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reported this week that many are pegging the Broncos as the top landing spot for the Buffalo Bills quarterback if he is released or traded, as expected. Jhabvala also notes Taylor’s connection with Broncos executive Gary Kubiak, who was previously the former Pro Bowler’s offensive coordinator on the Baltimore Ravens.
Denver’s QB play was atrocious last season — their trio under center of Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler always seemed to be injured, totally inept, or some combination of both. As for Taylor, he endured a rough year in Buffalo where he put up his career-worst numbers as a starter and was briefly benched for Nathan Peterman before his season came to a painful end.
Taylor, 28, will be owed a $10 million base salary for 2018 and a $6 million roster bonus due in March. But in any case, he probably has at least the raw talent to make a short-term difference for the Broncos after their 5-11 2017.
NFL wild-card weekend is complete, and we’re down to eight remaining teams in the postseason. Four teams are going home after suffering losses. That means plenty of goats will have an entire offseason to reflect on what went wrong for them at the worst possible time.
Here’s a list of 10 big disappointments from the first weekend of the NFL playoffs.
Andy Reid, Chiefs
The Chiefs’ second half collapse on Saturday will do nothing to dispel Reid’s reputation as a guy who can consistently get you to the playoffs, but doesn’t know how to win there. Up 18 points at halftime, the Chiefs sleepwalked through the second half, ultimately losing out to a Titans team that some viewed as the worst in the playoffs. Not everything that happened was Reid’s fault, but he ultimately bears responsibility — especially since this keeps happening on his watch.
Officiating in Chiefs-Titans game
A series of reports on Sunday indicated that referee Jeff Triplette, who headed the crew that worked the Chiefs/Titans game, was retiring. If he is, he certainly didn’t go out on a high note. His crew made several bizarre decisions during the game, most notably ruling Marcus Mariota down by forward progress, wiping out a fumble that could have changed the entire game. The explanation for that ruling was woefully insufficient. Playoff referees are supposed to get these assignments on merit, but it’s hard to see how Triplette and his crew got that assignment, especially after a performance like that.
The Buffalo Bills lost quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in Sunday’s wild card game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a possible head injury.
With the Bills desperately driving down seven with under two minutes left, Taylor was sacked and hit the ground hard, staying down for some time with what looked to be a potential concussion.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 7, 2018
Nathan Peterman replaced Taylor and ended up throwing an interception, cutting the comeback attempt short.
As the Bills ended up losing, no word will be required on Taylor’s status going forward, but given how shaken he seemed to be and the length of time he stayed on the ground, it was a rather scary few moments for the quarterback and his team.
The Buffalo Bills were able to grind out a win in blizzard conditions against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend, and as a result they remain squarely in the playoff hunt. It sounds like it will be up to Tyrod Taylor to keep them there.
Taylor missed last Sunday’s game because of a knee injury, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the veteran is expected to start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Bills head coach Sean McDermott reiterated on Wednesday that Taylor remains the team’s starter when healthy.
McDermott: “Tyrod has made some progress. He’ll get most of the work in practice today. When healthy, Tyrod is our starter. Nate Peterman remains in the concussion protocol.” pic.twitter.com/B9jGRdIYBT
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 13, 2017
Rookie Nathan Peterman played well in Week 14 all things considered, but he left the game with a concussion and remains in the concussion protocol. In the event that neither Taylor nor Peterman can play, the Bills would be forced to start Joe Webb in an important divisional game.
Tyrod Taylor avoided structural damage when he suffered a knee injury in last week’s loss to the Patriots, but it sounds like there is a good chance he will have to miss at least one game.
On Friday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Tyrod Taylor was expected to get in a limited practice. However, he hinted that the veteran quarterback is more likely to serve as rookie Nathan Peterman’s backup on Sunday.
Sean McDermott says Tyrod Taylor will be limited Friday. He calls Taylor’s availability a game-time decision. Possibility Taylor could be active but the backup.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) December 8, 2017
Taylor was fortunate that he did not sustain ligament damage, but he was carted off the field last Sunday with a towel draped over his head. He appeared to be in a great deal of pain after tweaking his knee in the first quarter and again on an incomplete pass attempt in the second half.
While beating the 3-9 Colts at home should not be difficult, Peterman did throw five interceptions — yes, five — in the first half of his NFL debut a few weeks back. With the Bills still in the playoff hunt, they can only hope Peterman finds a way to avoid another disaster if they need him to start.
Tyrod Taylor left Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, but the quarterback has since gotten good news.
On Monday, the Bills announced that Taylor has a patellar tendon contusion and did not suffer any ligament damage. He is considered day-to-day.
Tyrod Taylor is day-to-day with a patellar tendon contusion. No ligament damage.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) December 4, 2017
Taylor tweaked his left knee early in on in his team’s loss to the Patriots, and he appeared to hurt it again after being hit on an incomplete pass attempt in the third quarter. He was carted off the field with a towel on his head and replaced by rookie Nathan Peterman.
The Bills say Taylor will remain the team’s starting quarterback if he can get healthy, and it sounds like his knee injury will be an issue of pain management going forward.
Tyrod Taylor was knocked out of Sunday’s game for the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots with a knee injury.
The Bills quarterback tweaked his knee early in the game on a run. Then he appeared to hurt his left knee again after being hit on an incomplete pass attempt in the third quarter.
Taylor was carted off the field and had a towel over his face as he was taken away in Buffalo.
Tyrod Taylor's been carted off the field. Nathan Peterman is now in at QB. pic.twitter.com/DhbpP3ph7d
— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 3, 2017
He was replaced by Nathan Peterman at quarterback. Taylor was 9 of 18 for 65 yards and an interception prior to leaving the game.