Bills' Tyrod Taylor on being benched: "I don't agree with the decision"

Sheri Evans
November 16, 2017

Taylor admitted to being shocked by the move, but the Bills passing game has slipped to 30th in the NFL, Taylor is 26th in yards per attempt, and he's the third-most sacked quarterback in the league.

Following their atrocious 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 10, the Buffalo Bills made a change at quarterback, replacing former starter Tyrod Taylor with rookie Nathan Peterman.

"It is and will be for the time that I'm here be about becoming the best team we can possibly become", McDermott said.

Though McDermott says he remains confident in Taylor, he decided to make the move to see if Peterman can make Buffalo a better team.

Nothing Taylor has done since past year has been good enough for anybody with the Bills.

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Meanwhile, good luck to young Peterman - may you get what you deserve, instead of what the Bills usually do. Taylor either should have been released in the offseason or been given the chance to see through what could be a potential run to the playoffs, and then benched if the Bills were eliminated. He's as bereft of offensive weapons as any starter in the NFL; Kelvin Benjamin got exactly one game to become a force after arriving via the deadline trade with the Panthers.

So much for believing in Tyrod Taylor.

In defending his decision Wednesday, McDermott said his goals were higher than simply making the playoffs this season. In August they traded franchise receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, 2015 second-round pick and the team's top cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia, and last year's second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland to Kansas City. Which, of course, they initially avoided by benching him in the season finale in favor of one of their legitimate quarterback mistakes, the now-departed EJ Manuel.

"At the end of the day, we still have the same goal". He's a hard worker, dedicated to improvement, whom teammates respect and admire. "We're not playing well, from (Tyrod Taylor) to me, guys up front, other playmakers, we're not playing well". But before even taking a snap, Peterman received more cheers than Taylor did. "Whenever you take someone off the field and stop them from competing, it's a tough thing to go through".

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