Taylor named starting quarterback against Chiefs

November 22, 2017

Brayton Wilson and Sal Capaccio contributed to this report
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One week after surprising the football world by naming Nathan Peterman as the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback, head coach Sean McDermott has turned back to Tyrod Taylor under center for this Sunday's matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

McDermott made the official announcement at his Wednesday press conference at One Bills Drive after a historically bad performance from Peterman in his first career start this past Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

"It's the right thing for our team," the head coach told reporters. McDermott said he met with the team's leadership council, which is made up of several veteran players, including Taylor, but added, "at the end of the day, it's my decision."

Peterman went 6-of-14 for 66 yards and five interceptions in just two quarters of action on Sunday. Taylor came in to start the second half down 37-7, and went 15-of-25 for 158 yards, a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown.

The Bills, who started the season 5-2, have lost three straight and currently sit at 5-5 just outside the final AFC playoff spot with six games to play.

"You look around the league there's a lot of teams in the hunt," McDermott said. "We're in the hunt. [It's] Thanksgiving and close to the end of November and we're in the hunt. When you sit around that table tomorrow you say, 'we're in the hunt.' There are a lot of teams that wish they were in the hunt. Well, we're in the hunt."

The first year head coach stopped short of committing to Taylor for the rest of the season, and left the door open to go back to Peterman.

"Like every position, every position's the same," McDermott said. "We evaluate every week who we feel like has earned the right to be the starter."

You can listen to McDermott's press conference below: