Last Sunday, 8:06am…my Saints game day article is posted on the World Wide Web. In it, I give an award to Tyrod Taylor as the Bills’ Most Valuable Offensive Player for the first half of the season.
8 hours later that day…I am taking part in an online mob calling for the benching of Taylor in favor of an unproven rookie 5th round pick.
It all sounds so unrealistic, right? It all sounds so ‘Buffalo Billsish’.
Well, Coach Sean McDermott eventually came to this conclusion himself. I’m not sure if he made that decision during the Saints game, later that evening, or sometime mid-week, but Nathan Peterman is the starting Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, as they take on the Chargers on Sunday.
Is it the right move? Well, the media certainly has been all over this question this week. The national media doesn’t like the move very much. But, that was expected.
From a distant perspective, it really doesn’t make much sense. The Bills have a winning record, they are in position to make the playoffs…why would they switch quarterbacks right now?
But, from a local perspective, we understand what is going on.
Taylor had reached his ceiling. We’ve seen his best, and it doesn’t come often enough. We have also been subjected to seeing his worse. It doesn’t happen often, but, when you are a team on the verge of making the playoffs, we don’t want to see it at all.
The line on Tyrod Taylor was that he was capable of managing a game, sometimes helping to orchestrate a victory. For doing just that, I gave him the award for the first half of the season.
But, as we enter the second half of the season, we’re afraid. We are afraid there will be less of the manager, and more of the “he-is-the-reason-we-didn’t-make-the-playoffs”.
That’s what the national writers don’t understand.
To the national writers, this move by McDermott is a step backwards. To McDermott, the move is a step forward.
It’s all about perspective.
To some though, the move is seen as something else. To many people, this move gives McDermott, Beane & Company a chance to see what Nathan Peterman can do. This is Peterman’s audition – before the big NFL Draft next spring.
The Bills have several early draft pics in next April’s draft. They have flexibility to do many things. Whether drafting a top quarterback early would be one of those options, figured to be known at the end of this season. Would Tyrod Taylor have proven to be the answer?
We know now, he is not the answer.
And so, we have six remaining games to see if Nathan Peterman can be the answer. OK, Nathan Peterman. Buffalo-land is here for the taking. In Buffalo-land, you can be a god. It’s all right there waiting for you. Or, you can be just the next in a line of failed “what’s-his-names” that tried out to be our god. Have at it.
Musings From Around the NFL
The Steelers are rolling. Downhill. It’s actually better for Buffalo that the Titans lost Thursday night’s game.
It will be interesting to see where the Dallas Cowboys end up, now that Ezekiel Elliott has talked his way into missing the last games of the season, instead of six middle of the season games.
The Seahawks keep getting one reason after another for them to fail…yet they don’t.
Will the Chiefs continue their downward spiral?
The straw that broke Buffalo-land’s back. On the heels of the Thursday night embarrassment to the Jets, after a bye week, this was just too much. Something had to be done.
The Bills make their seemingly annual trip to the west coast this weekend. This is a place of mixed success for them in the past.
The L.A. Chargers are a team of mixed success this season. Which Chargers team will the Bills face?
Philip Rivers is supposedly playing, which greatly increases their chances to beat the Bills.
But wow, if there is a game this week with more uncertainty, I can’t imagine it.
I like the fact that the Bills have a wild-card in Nathan Peterman. If he is anything like the decisive, accurate, confident quarterback that we saw in pre-season, I like the Bills’ chances. If it turns out that, well… that was just “pre-season”, and he really isn’t all that, then it could be another long afternoon.
I see a game where we come away hopeful for our future. I see a game where the team has their backs up against the wall, and they get back to winning.
Buffalo 20 – L.A. Chargers 17
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Editor’s babble: Many thanks to Rick Bates for his insightful commentary and contributions to our blog. You can follow Rick on Twitter @MyHammock.