On Wednesday the Buffalo Bills announced that they would be benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman, hoping to bring a shake-up to their offense.
Almost immediately when speaking to the press, Taylor was asked for his thoughts on the matter and expressed his surprise for the move being made (quotes via NFL.com):
Yes," Taylor said, point blank, when asked if he was shocked by the move.
"Disappointed with the decision. Obviously, I don't agree with the decision," Taylor said. "I have to do what's best for the team in my new role and move forward."
When asked why the move was made, Taylor told reporters to "ask coach McDermott." McDermott himself stated that the move was "about winning now," but did admit that "Tyrod is part of the reason we are where we are at five wins and in the playoff hunt."
Despite knowing that he won't be suiting up as the team's starter to take on the Chargers come gameday, Taylor stated that he's fully prepared to help Peterman prepare for his first start as a Bill:
"Moving forward I have to help him in any shape or form. I want to help this team succeed," Taylor said, noting that "guys are going to look to me even more to see how I respond in this situation."
Said Taylor: "All I can do is control the opportunities I get over the rest of the season and deal with that as it comes. ... Whenever you take someone off the field and stop them from competing, it's a tough thing to go through."
The Bills are hanging on by a thread as they sit outside the playoff picture in the AFC, with a record of 5-4 and coming off back-to-back losses. Buffalo still has a heck of a battle in front of them if they want to make the playoffs with games against the Chiefs and Patriots still looming.
What are your thoughts on the Bills benching Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman? Do you think that he gives the team a better chance to win? Or did Buffalo pull the trigger on this move way too soon? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!