The NFL season has been filled with surprises and disappointments, and one of those early surprises has been the Buffalo Bills. Just two weeks ago, they were 5-2 and pushing New England for the lead in the AFC East.
However, they've fallen on tough times of late. Their last two games have been an upset loss to the Jets and an absolute blowout at the hands of New Orleans. Their problems can be attributed to a variety of things, but head coach Sean McDermott and company seem to think the quarterback position is the main culprit.
Bills have benched Tyrod Taylor. Nathan Peterman will start.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 15, 2017
On Tuesday, the Bills announced that Tyrod Taylor would be benched in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman. The move was a shocking one, as he hasn't played poorly at all.
On the season, Taylor is 163-for-254 (64.2%) for 1,684 yards and 10 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. He's also run the ball 53 times for 237 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and a score.
Those numbers aren't impressive, as his 187.1 passing yards per game rank 31st among quarterbacks, and his QBR is 51.2, which is 19th in the league. That figure shows that he's been the epitome of mediocre this year, but his team still holds onto a playoff spot.
Taylor obviously isn't a fan of the decision, and he took to the media to spread that message.
Tyrod Taylor: “I don’t agree with the decision but this was the decision that was made."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 15, 2017
The move is sure to be a demoralizing one for the veteran, but he is still confident in his abilities as a player and a leader.
Tyrod Taylor: “I have full confidence that I can be a franchise quarterback when that opportunity presents itself."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 15, 2017
Time will tell where the Bills' season will end up, but putting all your eggs in a rookie quarterback's basket is certainly a risky move.