After their second straight loss and quiet frankly their second embarrassment of a game against the New Orleans Saints, head coach Sean McDermott has decided that the Bills will start Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor going into their matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. Peterman, who was drafted in the fifth round of this years’ NFL Draft, replaced Taylor in last week’s game against the Saints and led the Bills to their only touchdown score of the afternoon. Not to mention, Taylor only had 56 passing yards and one interception against the Saints.
With the Bills currently at 5-4 in the AFC East and sitting in playoff contention, was this the right move for the Bills? Some say yes and some say no.
The last time the Bills made a drastic quarterback change during the middle of the season was back in 2014 when the team named Kyle Orton the starting quarterback over E.J. Manuel. Under Orton, the team finished 9-7 and came up very short of making the playoffs. Although, it was their first season since 2004 that they had a winning record.
The Bills rookie quarterback will get his first start against the Chargers, who are a team that have played well against opposing offenses’.
I think this is a good move by the Bills. The difference between Peterman and Taylor is their style of play. Peterman isn’t a scrambler like Tyrod is. While Taylor is able to use his feet and make plays, he sometimes relies on them too much instead of utilizing his receivers that he has. With Peterman, he is a pocket passer and the two things I like about Peterman is that he has a quick release and he can thrown the ball down the field.
In their last couple games, Taylor did not throw the ball down field as often as he could have. In the last couple of minutes of the Bills game against the Saints, Peterman was throwing the ball down the field and it eventually led to a Bills touchdown to tight end Nick O’Leary.
Yes, I understand that Tyrod Taylor wasn’t the one who gave up 47 points to the Saints running game but Taylor wasn’t able to put any points on the board himself. Overall, the Bills have a lot of improvement that they need to work on. Could there be any more drastic changes by the Bills in the next coming days? Only time will tell.