The long-awaited declaration of who will be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback this coming regular season has happened, and Tyrod Taylor will be the man under centre for the Bills in 2015.
Rex Ryan named Tyrod Taylor the starter on Monday, during a press conference where he discussed the difficult decision to release fan favourite running back Fred Jackson.
After explaining to the media how they will miss Fred Jacksons leadership among other things he brought to the team, Rex Ryan suddenly dropped the bomb that Tyrod Taylor would be the starting quarterback from now onwards, saying the decision came down to "that explosiveness Tyrod brings to us".
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It was an unsurprising choice really, Tyrod had been playing lights out in the pre-season, showing off his mobility and escapability as well as his accuracy and poise from within the pocket.
Rex Ryan explained the fact that Tyrod had really grasped the offensive system that they want to play in Buffalo but also told reporters that "it certainly wasn't an easy decision, all three guys made it difficult". He cited that the decision was not just made my the coaching staff, but it was an organisational decision, that from the top to the bottom everyone agreed that Tyrod was the best option.
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Good or Bad decision?
In my opinion, this was a great decision, Tyrod Taylor had been outplaying the other two quarterbacks during the pre-season and showed growth over the past few games.
Critics discussed how his ability to throw from within the pocket would hinder his performance come the regular season, but over the past few games he has displayed a good ability to stand in the pocket and sling the ball to his receivers with accuracy.
The game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend certainly showed off this growth, he only missed one pass during his time playing, going 12 out of 13 for 122-yards and then, showcasing his mobility, ran for a 20-yard touchdown.
Going forward with Tyrod Taylor
With Tyrod Taylor under center for the foreseeable future, the Bills offense gets to utilise his athleticism to their advantage.
With Greg Roman (the offensive coordinator) coming from San Fransisco, where he coached a similar quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, you have to believe the Bills offense will be eerily similar to what the 49ers ran over the past few years.
The Bills possess a great core of talented offensive playmakers that, teamed with Tyrod Taylor's mobility, could present headaches for defensive coordinators throughout the season. Plays such as jet sweeps, screen passes, read options, triple options, counter runs and play action passing will be heavily used by the Bills with potentially deadly effect.
Let's also not forget that Tyrod Taylor and the offense are being backed up by an elite Rex Ryan led defense. Any growing pains Tyrod Taylor suffers during the regular season, be it adjusting to more complex defensive coverages or having a bad throw here or there, will be softened by the Bills defensive prowess.
Overall I think Tyrod Taylor has landed in the perfect situation to succeed. With potentially the best defense in the league backing him up, and an offense filled with speedy playmakers, this could be Tyrod's chance to show the rest of the NFL that he belongs, and in doing so, maybe he takes the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
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