The Buffalo Bills will start Tyrod Taylor at quarterback in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Sean McDermott announced on Wednesday. It’s the smartest move the team has made all season, at least since they originally made Taylor the starter and definitely since the dumbest move they made all season, which came a week ago when they decided rookie Nathan Peterman should start.
That move came despite the fact that Taylor had the Bills firmly in the playoff race (and had a spot if the playoffs were to start a week ago). The new regime wanted to move on from Taylor, same as the old one, and just like the old one, they were silly to do so. I don’t know why the Bills are so gung-ho about moving on from Taylor, but the decision to go with Peterman backfired in spectacular fashion.
Peterman completed six of 14 passes for 66 yards with no touchdowns and five interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11, all while being sacked zero times. Taylor came in off the bench and completed 15 of 25 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.
McDermott announced Taylor’s move back to the starting lineup on Wednesday, and also said a whole bunch of things that make no sense. He basically congratulated himself on starting Peterman, suggesting that his own ability to make “uncomfortable decisions” sets him apart from other head coaches.
When asked what Taylor should do different to keep the starting position, McDermott replied “Just do your job.”
So yeah, the Bills are a mess. Quarterback news in general is always interesting here, as Taylor could have been considered a potential target for a quarterback-needy team like the San Francisco 49ers. With the Jimmy Garoppolo trade, that’s not going to happen, but as a fan of Taylor myself, I’m fascinated by this trash fire.