Taylor has to move forward after the benching decision

November 15, 2017

After a subpar performance over the past couple of weeks, Tyrod Taylor has been benched from his starting quarterback role in favor of rookie quarterback, Nathan Peterman.

The 28-year old quarterback has been average this season through nine games, completing 64.2-percent of his passes for 1,684 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. last week against the New Orleans Saints, Taylor went just 9-of-18 for 56 yards in a blowout loss at New Era Field. Taylor was pulled for Peterman late in the fourth quarter, and Peterman went 7-of-10 for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Head coach Sean McDermott said that the decision to bench Taylor came on Tuesday morning after doing some evaluations after Sunday's loss to the Saints. Taylor was made aware of the decision on that same day, and expressed his feelings of the move on Wednesday to the media at One Bills Drive.

Here's some of what Taylor said:


"Obviously [I'm] disappointed," Taylor said. "I don't agree with the decision, but the decision was made. Have to move forward.

"Ultimately, coach McDermott has a vision for this team and what he feels is best for this team, as well as the owners and the [general manager]. I have to move forward, and continue to be the teammate and the leader that I am from a different role."

On taking him out of the starting role in mid-season:
"Whenever you take someone off the field, stop them from competing, it's definitely a tough feeling to go through. I think last year's situation was a little different, some of the same feelings are still there, but we still have a season ahead of us. Things can happen, and I have to continue to be in it mentally and prepare my body physically for when the opportunity presents itself, if it does."

On leading his team from the bench:
"Vocally I still have to go out there and lead the guys. I got voted captain for a reason. Those attributes, things that come with me being the quarterback of this team doesn't necessarily fade away. I'm still that same person to show that leadership, and I think now guys are probably going to look to me more to see how I respond in this situation."

On Peterman:
"Nate is a great guy. Of course he's still learning, but he's very talented. Moving forward, I have to be able to help him any way, shape and form. I want to see this team do well, so I have to be there for him in support."

On his future moving forward:
"[I'm] very confident in my abilities. I think I've grown as a player over the past three years, and I'm going to continue to keep growing whether I'm playing on Sundays or when I'm learning [like] right now. I'm going to continue to keep growing, and I have full confidence that I can be a franchise quarterback when the opportunity presents itself. I'll continue to keep doing the things that I know how to do."