If the NFL playoffs started today, the Buffalo Bills would be in. Despite that, they are making a change at quarterback heading into Week 11, and Tyrod Taylor seems just as surprised as the rest of us.
Shortly after Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that Taylor is being benched in favor of fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman, the veteran said he is “obviously disappointed” but vowed to continue trying to be a leader.
“I don’t agree with the decision, but ultimately Coach McDermott has a vision for this team, what he feels is best for the team, as well as the owners and GM,” Taylor said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “So I have to move forward and continue to be the leader and teammate that I am from a different role.”
Taylor, a team captain, has not played poorly all season. He had a rough game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but the Bills allowed 298 rushing yards and five scores on the ground. Tom Brady wouldn’t have been able to win given how poorly Buffalo’s defense played. You can’t blame Taylor for being puzzled, but he is doing his best to take the high road.
“You learn from playing,” he said. “We’re 5-4. Games didn’t go the way we liked, some of the ones that we lost. You got to learn from it. I wouldn’t say you can pinpoint one thing that I did that led to this decision.”
Unless Peterman gets injured, it seems like the Taylor era in Buffalo is over. The 28-year-old is due a $6 million roster bonus next year and is scheduled to make $10 million in base salary for 2018. It’s unlikely that the Bills will keep him around, but Taylor still believes he can be a franchise quarterback.
“[I’m] very confident in my ability,” he said. “I think I’ve grown as a player the past three years and I’m going to continue to keep growing, whether I’m playing on Sundays or learning right now. I’m going to keep growing and I have full confidence I can be a franchise quarterback when the opportunity presents itself. I’ll continue to keep doing the things I know how to do.”
Taylor has a passer rating of 91.4 this season and has thrown 10 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions. If the Bills were out of playoff contention, you could understand them wanting to develop a rookie. Given the situation they find themselves in, benching Taylor seems like a huge mistake.
After losing to the New York Jets and being blown out by the New Orleans Saints, the Buffalo Bills have decided to make a major change to their starting lineup.
On Wednesday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that he is benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Nathan Peterman, a fifth-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh, will start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
McDermott said the decision to start Peterman was made on Tuesday morning. It’s unclear what changed in a 24-hour period, as the coach emphatically stated on Monday that Taylor would remain Buffalo’s starting QB going forward.
Despite losing back-to-back games, the Bills are 5-4 and still in the playoff hunt. Taylor has not been bad this season, as he has a passer rating of 91.4 and has thrown 10 touchdown passes compared to just three interceptions. He struggled against the Saints, but the entire team looked horrible and it was the first time Taylor got to play with newly-acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
McDermott would not commit to naming Peterman the starter for the rest of the season, which means we could see Taylor again. After McDermott had thrown his weight behind Taylor several times this year, it’s very surprising to see him make a change.
Week 10 saw one of the NFL’s two remaining winless teams get a much-needed victory, plus a myriad of upsets or near-upsets, and some top performances. We also saw stars and teams struggle in unexpected fashion as the playoff race really begins to heat up.
Here are the 15 biggest disappointments from NFL Week 10.
Buffalo Bills’ defense
A once-promising Bills season is headed in the completely wrong direction. Buffalo has now lost two in a row following a 5-2 start, with Sunday’s home 47-10 loss to New Orleans being a particular embarrassment. The defense was simply not up to par against the revitalized New Orleans Saints, who ran all over Buffalo’s hapless defense. New Orleans put up 482 total yards, with 298 of those yards on the ground — a remarkable total for the Saints. They also rushed for six scores. Buffalo never had a chance with the way things went for the defense.
Broncos’ special teams
The Broncos have seen their offense struggle lately and, particularly last week against Philadelphia, their defense as well. Why not add the special teams to the equation? In the first half against New England alone on Sunday night, Isaiah McKenzie muffed a punt, which led to six points. They then allowed a 103-yard kick return for a touchdown. As if that weren’t enough, a blocked punt in the second quarter set up New England for another touchdown. Denver’s special teams hasn’t been good this year, but they were more or less directly responsible for New England’s first half performance. Stopping Tom Brady is already hard enough. Beating the Patriots after making so many special teams errors is nearly impossible.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor continues to leave a lot to be desires, but the team is publicly standing by him.
Coach Sean McDermott said Monday after a 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that Taylor retains his full confidence.
Taylor has received votes of confidence before, and we’ve seen plenty of moments where these declarations prove to be rather empty and meaningless. The quarterback threw 37 passes on Sunday for only 166 yards, an extremely disappointing tally. Still, the team is tied for first place even with performances like this one. They’ll likely choose to avoid rocking the boat as long as they’re doing well enough.
The Buffalo Bills have no plans to change quarterback despite ongoing struggles.
Coach Sean McDermott, after seemingly wavering a bit with his initial comments, gave another endorsement of Taylor as his quarterback after 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers look to have one of the league’s better defenses, and Taylor doesn’t have a lot of weapons around him. Given all the offseason rumors, it’s safe to say that the organization isn’t completely married to Taylor, but throwing rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman into the fire probably isn’t something they want to do either.
The Buffalo Bills will have their starting quarterback for their Week 1 game against the New York Jets, as Tyrod Taylor has officially cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott delivered the news while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
Taylor left Buffalo’s third preseason game with a concussion after his head hit the turf on a sack. He returned to practice on a limited basis Monday, but he still had not been cleared by an independent neurologist at that time. Taylor has obviously since gotten clearance.
Expectations for the Bills heading into 2017 are not very high, though they have a good chance to get off to a strong start. The Jets are widely expected to be the worst team in football this season.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol and may miss the team’s season opener on Sunday.
Coach Sean McDermott admitted that Taylor’s status is “up in the air” for the Week 1 tilt against the New York Jets.
It has been over a week since Taylor was knocked out of the team’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, and it’s not a good sign for his status that he’s still in question. Rookie Nathan Peterman would get the nod if Taylor isn’t cleared in time for Sunday’s game.
Some disgruntled Bills fans have been calling for the team to start rookie Nathan Peterman, a fifth-round pick from Pittsburgh, at quarterback. Peterman has turned heads in the preseason, but for now the top spot appears firmly in Tyrod Taylor’s hands.
Taylor, however, was knocked out of Buffalo’s preseason game against Baltimore Saturday with a concussion. He took the hit from Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon on Buffalo’s second offensive series. See video of the third-down play below.
Peterman stepped in to replace Taylor. Taylor, the former Virginia Tech standout, finished the game 1 for 3 for 1 yard in his return to Baltimore.
This is the latest in a string this weekend of key contributors getting hurt. The Patriots’ Julian Edelman and Chiefs’ Spencer Ware both suffered knee injuries Friday.
Tyrod Taylor and the Bills have come to an agreement that will keep the quarterback in Buffalo for the 2017 season.
The team announced on Wednesday that Taylor has agreed to restructure his contract.
It was previously reported that Taylor was unwilling to take a pay cut, so it will be interesting to see what the details of the new deal are. Taylor had a team option upcoming that would have guaranteed him around $30 million more, so it’s possible the Bills lowered the guaranteed number while also giving Taylor an opportunity to earn more over the life of the contract.
Taylor, 27, threw for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. He added 580 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
The New York Jets could consider making a run at Tyrod Taylor if the Buffalo Bills decide to release the veteran in the coming days.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick not coming back after an abysmal season, the Jets are in desperate need of help at the quarterback position. The free agent market is so thin at the moment that Mike Glennon is expected to get somewhere in the range of $14 million annually, and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are unwilling to pay that. But would they pay it for Taylor?
According to Mehta, the belief within the Jets organization is that 2016 second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg “isn’t even close to competing for the starting job” this offseason. Team sources also feel Bryce Petty is more suited to be a backup, so there is a sense of urgency. New York could address its glaring hole at quarterback in the draft, but having a rookie start in his first NFL season is almost always asking for trouble.
Enter Taylor, who is a dual-threat quarterback that has proven he can win games at the NFL level, though his record as a starter is a mediocre 14-14. Still, the 27-year-old is a far better option than anything New York currently has, and new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton is prepared to adapt to any system Todd Bowles needs him to.
“We don’t have a West Coast offense,” Bowles said recently. “We’ll have an offense that works. If the West Coast works, we’ll run it. If the long ball works, we’ll do it. If the running game works, we’ll run it. John’s very good to adapting to what we have.”
The Bills have until March 11 to decide if they want to pick up Taylor’s option and guarantee him more than $30 million over the next two seasons. They are reportedly leaning toward letting him walk, and the Jets are not the only team that will be interested in signing him.