The Buffalo Bills shocked the NFL world Wednesday when head coach, Sean McDermott announced that rookie quarterback, Nathan Peterman would start for the Bills Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Many immediately came to the defense of Taylor as all insisted that he should remain the starter.
Benching Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Pederman is totally absurd. I can't even wrap my mind around a current *playoff team* doing this.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 15, 2017
I mean, if Tyrod Taylor wanted to play, he shouldn’t have let the Saints run for 298 yards on him https://t.co/Vh6E0vDIUn
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) November 15, 2017
Tyrod Taylor is due a $6 million roster bonus on the third day of league year, and a $10 million base salary – can’t imagine Buffalo pays it. So it looks like 2018 QB free agent class now will have one more intriguing player.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 15, 2017
I will pay my own money to see Tyrod Taylor play with Leonard Fournette and Allen Robinson in Jacksonville next year.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) November 15, 2017
And after reading these three stats, you’ll be even more shocked that the Bills decided to bench Taylor.
There are only four quarterbacks this season with 10 plus touchdowns three or less interceptions.
-Tom Brady (19 touchdowns, 2 interceptions)
-Alex Smith (18 touchdowns, 1 interception)
-Aaron Rodgers (13 touchdowns, 3 interceptions)
-Tyrod Taylor (10 touchdowns, 3 interceptions)
Now on that above list, Brady, Smith and Rodgers not only all have substantially better supporting casts, but way better wide receivers. Obviously newly acquired Kelvin Benjamin from Carolina will help. But he still did it without really anyone.
Onto the next one. Of the quarterbacks with at least 1,000 attempts or more, Taylor has the lowest interception percentage of them all with 1.54 percent.
And lastly, since 2015 Taylor is one of three quarterbacks with 45 plus passing touchdowns and 10 plus rushing touchdowns. The other two in that group; Carolina’s Cam Newton and Washington’s Kirk Cousins.