Tyrod Taylor may be back to help conduct psychological evaluations. The Rorschach test of quarterbacks looks different depending on the perspective. Interpreting inkblots is a task for unsettled minds. The Buffalo Bills are locked in here with him.
Having this many quarterbacks in one guy has been more exciting than the play itself. Is he an adept leader with glimpses of dynamic play or a risk-averse passer who has done the best he could for someone who doesn’t see the whole field? There may be another season of the same debate if anyone’s not exhausted yet.
Taylor could have quashed controversy. But he’s never tipped the scales enough in his favor. His shrinking band of defenders are left making the case that he’ll fulfill potential once he’s 29.
This can’t go on indefinitely. I mean, the Sun will explode eventually. Before then, Taylor will be playing elsewhere. His last appearance made it tough to conclude he’s the longterm solution. The critics’ worst-case scenario came true at the worst time.
There has to be more to dining than postponing starvation. Taylor is good enough to serve as a palatable option if nothing else is available. Order Domino’s only if your local parlor is closed for the evening.
At the same time, it’s tough making pizza with American cheese and ketchup packets. If last season was an experiment to show how much he can do with so little, Taylor did okay. That said, he still occasionally missed the pan.
Middling quarterbacks are inaccurate with accuracy. Taylor has made a few memorable strikes dating back to his first game with the Bills. But like remembering the first season of The Walking Dead, we keep waiting for it to be that good again. How many times can they flee their new digs?
Impersonal statistics don’t always reflect reality’s subtleties. Noting his low interception rate is a sign that someone doesn’t watch the Bills. Those who only look at statistics miss how it’s easy to avoid turnovers by never taking risks. Taylor avoids passing into danger, which lowers both turnovers and excitement. Kate Upton can’t shoot me down if I never bother to ask her out. Her stupid husband hates my guts.
Like everything else in life, NFL personnel debates revolve around what should happen versus what will. The best course of action may not actually occur because circumstances are mean and people are foolish. I can think of 17 examples in a row involving my favorite team.
Sometimes, the lack of alternatives makes a decision regrettably easy. In Taylor’s case, it would be uncomfortable yet acceptable if he’s again the starter by default. Having a placeholder isn’t the worst thing on Earth. There are maybe 10 teams that wish they had Taylor under center, so be glad we’re not following one of those sad franchises that never makes the playoffs.
New coordination could help Taylor look even sharper. Brian Daboll doesn’t reside on the West Coast. Pacific living straitjacketed Taylor. Expecting a bebop soloist to obey a marching band’s regimentation turned out to be as frustrating as you’d guess.
You may have heard the Bills made the playoffs despite shortcomings. Now, they may see if there’s already a quarterback on the roster who can serve as an upgrade. Taylor would have to show he’s better than Taylor.
At the same time, the present staff is willing to divorce itself from old partners. It’s crucial to remember Taylor was courted by Rex Ryan, the cousin we tell that there’s no reunion so we can enjoy hanging out in the pavilion without his oafish presence.
On the other hand, a guy hired by the last supervisor could stay for practical reasons. Someone has to take snaps. A draftee might not be ready by opening day. And nobody has forgotten the Nathan Peterman Experiment.
They can’t just let him go. It’s not emotional attachment. Taylor’s dead money keeps his chances of starting alive. His contract’s structure may make it tough to simply quit him, although Brandon Beane has shown a willingness to pay the cap cost to discard players he doesn’t prefer.
Like Bender realizing he’s obsolete, it’d be awkward knowing Taylor’s filling in until his employer grooms someone better. Of course, that’s true about every worker.
Keeping Taylor while waiting for a rookie to mature would sort-of make us know how Oakland fans feel waiting for the Raiders to flee to Las Vegas, aside from the whole losing everything part. But he could use this season as an audition for his third NFL team if he needs to stay motivated. That’d be good for his present team, as well.
We may be dubious about far they could get with Taylor. No matter what, he already helped get them ahead. The relief offered by finally earning a promotion to the tournament may not vault Taylor onto the Wall of Fame. But he started one of 30 playoff games in franchise history, which happened to end the longest interval in between them.
Taylor will always be remembered as the quarterback when they made it there. And he may still be here. I’d rate the possibility somewhere between awful and awesome. The Bills should be a gracious host, even if his sublet’s not going to be renewed indefinitely.
Editor’s babble: Thanks to Anthony Bialy for his always-entertaining contributions to our blog. You can follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.
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