ORCHARD PARK – A friend of mine, who only has a casual interest in professional soccer – he's actually a Green Bay fan – listened with interest to Sean McDermott's press conference on Monday, specifically on the badessment of whether to start Tyrod Taylor or Nathan Peterman at quarterback on Sunday in Kansas City.
"You know," she said later, "I think she's beside herself."
It's a difficult conclusion to ignore, right after the half of the first season of the new coach of the Bills.
Three games after the unexpectedly encouraging 5-2 start of Buffalo, this franchise is in disarray, especially McDermott due to mixed messages and an inexplicable change of quarterback.
Fortunately, he announced in the Wednesday session with the media that Taylor would do it. Start against the Chiefs.
The decision seemed obvious, except that McDermott had strongly suggested that Peterman could receive the call for a second straight game away after throwing five interceptions on the field. the first half of a 54-24 loss to the Chargers in Alabama and was withdrawn in the middle.
In announcing the start of Taylor, he said: "Like any position, we evaluate every week." The right thing for this team is to start Tyrod.
"You trust your instinct … you get the feeling, the pulse and you understand where are you as a team and where are you trying to reach, now and in the future, how are you trying to establish a standard, what is expected, everything that goes into the decisions we make? "
But McDermott's election does not It was as difficult as it sounded.
Peterman is a talented, mentally tough but after being retired at halftime from the worst performance of his football career, being ejected against a division leader in a road environment Particularly difficult would be far beyond the "calculated risk" that McDermott called initiating it in Los Angeles 19659002] Another poor performance could have destroyed him emotionally in the immediate future.
But McDermott po He would have had a more immediate influence on his decision.
If he had started Peterman against the Chiefs, he probably lost the closet roo m … at least the veterans.
Eleven players on the Buffalo list have been in the NFL for at least eight seasons, closer to the end of their careers than in the beginning, and starting again as a rookie quarterback on the road with the Bills. Even in the postseason I would tell them that the team was totally committed to the future.
He would also tell fans that "the tank" is on, no matter how much he denied that the franchise played as well as possible. draft choice
And although he made the right call to reinstate Taylor (he should never have been banked at that point in the first place), McDermott is weak and indecisive … or over his head.
He admitted that part of his decision was based on Peterman's mental state.
"No. 1, it's important that mentally, you're in the right frame of mind," McDermott admitted. "What did he get out of the experience? There were some good plays there too … and some plays that did not go well for us." He also has to understand that it was not all.
But McDermott reiterated that he did not question Pitt's decision to start the fifth-round draft election.
"(It was) the same process. I'm going to make other decisions," he said. "It starts with doing the right thing for our soccer team, I'm more or less a process-oriented guy, anything that's not that would be irresponsible as a coach, I'm focused on one thing and that's the organization that is advancing."
(It is) everything is part of the process … at some point the novices have to play. This is how they get better, they play with young players, they develop; you're seeing that with a number of young players (in the NFL); They gain experience, they learn from things and they become better. This is how the future of the organization develops, this is how sustained success develops. "
But there has been little success since Buffalo has been eliminated in the last three weeks.