By Mary Pesarchick // @HeyMom418
Well, “The Process” strikes again.
Head Coach Sean McDermott stunned everyone at his morning press conference announcing he was making a change at quarterback, benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman. McDermott said it’s about “becoming a better team.”
Honestly, no one saw this coming. When McDermott was questioned on Sunday following the awful Saints game, Saints, and again on Monday, he stated unequivocally, “Tyrod’s our starter.”
Then at some point, and for some reason in the 24 hours between Monday and Tuesday McDermott changed his mind. What happened?
McDermott offered reporters this explanation:
“Tyrod was our starter when you guys asked me on Monday. But, just like I do every week, I continue to evaluate team, evaluate our situation. I thought about it. Slept on it. And felt like we needed to move in a different direction at this time. Really it’s about becoming a better team. Like every position, the quarterback position is no different…Every position is evaluated and that’s the direction I decided to go. Tyrod has made improvements. He’s made a significant contribution to our team and I remain confident in Tyrod moving forward. This is not an indictment on Tyrod. He is an important part of our football team and will continue to be an important part of our football team moving forward.”
You can see the rest of the press conference here.
As for Taylor, he expressed his disappointment with the decision. “Definitely disappointed. I don’t agree with the decision, but ultimately, coach McDermott has a vision for this team and what he believes is best for this team as well as the owners and the GM. I have to move forward and continue to be the teammate and the leader that I am from a different role.”
Few players voiced a reaction to the quarterback change. Mostly due to the fact they were caught off guard by the move. But mainly because of the genuine respect and admiration they have for Taylor. Talking to Jay Skursky of The Buffalo News, running back LeSean McCoy noted how fast everything happened and that, consequently, the players “haven’t really shown too much, I guess, reaction about it.”
“It’s hard to know whether Peterman is ready to make the jump to starter. I mean, he’s a guy that has never played in the NFL, in a real game. So you never know. It could be good or bad, you just never know. That’s why I really can’t give you an honest answer. … Like, he’s going to go out there, he’s going to dominate, he’s going to throw for four or five touchdowns, or go for five picks, I don’t know. We’ll see how it works. We’re going to support him. We want him to do well. We’ll see if the switch was right.”
As for Peterman, he was outwardly subdued yet very excited about the opportunity to start his first NFL game. Finding out from McDermott he was to start this week, Peterman said “was pretty emotional.”
“I try not to show it obviously, but it’s a dream come true obviously to get this opportunity. I’ve been through a lot I think to get here, too. It’s certainly not done, though, at all. It’s a great opportunity, but it’s still all in front of me. I have to go work to earn it.”
And the fans? Suffice it to say, that once the news hit social media, very little work was accomplished in offices all around WNY. It was, at the same time, the news many had hoped for and with which just as many vehemently disagreed. Regardless of their position, all gave McDermott credit for having the guts to make such a bold move, especially since, depending on the outcome, he’ll be branded either a genius or Public Enemy #1.
So, stay tuned. The Peterman Era officially begins on Sunday at 4:15 pm EST at StubHub Center.
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