Bills Fans Evaluating the Wrong Person

By Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page

I’ve heard over and over again on talk radio and on social media comments like…”I wonder if Tyrod Taylor is a good fit for this offense.”  This is one of the main reasons why many people believe that Nate Peterman will get a chance to play before the season is over is because he is a better fit for this offense.

This is backwards thinking.

This is much bigger than Tyrod Taylor. Bills fans are missing the boat completely on this issue if this is their line of thinking. Yes I’m a Tyrod fan but if you want the Bills to succeed you have to stop saying this.

A Read on the Offense

Let’s look at it a different way. The read option was a huge part of Anthony Lynn’s offense last year. Most people would agree with that statement. Do you think that Anthony Lynn is going to run the read option at all this year with the Los Angeles Chargers and Phillip Rivers as his QB? No, of course not that would be stupid. Anthony Lynn developed an offense around the skill set of his players.

You know what else is stupid, asking Tyrod Taylor to run Joe Flacco’s offense. A coaches job is to put his players in the best possible position for them to succeed. If Rick Dennison can’t do that then Rick Dennison isn’t the coach you want as offensive coordinator and you should ask if Sean Mcdermott is the right head coach.

Tyrod’s Special Skill Set

Tyrod has a specific skill set that you need to exploit. He’s short, so you need to help him throw over the middle not make it harder on him. He’s better in the shot gun than under center. Then put him in the shotgun. This also helps him avoid the rush with a poor pass blocking offensive line in front of him.

The Bills should be familiar with this problem considering it’s the same mistake Rex Ryan made when he stormed into Buffalo. He took the fourth best defense in football and turned it into the 20th best defense overnight. The reason was he tried to place players in his system. Good coaches don’t do that.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is Bills fans should be evaluating Rick Dennison and Sean Mcdermott. If they can’t develop a system that fits the skill set of their players then they’re not the right coaches for the job. If Tyrod fails this year Bills fans should be asking did the coaches help him or hurt him with their scheme. This issue is much bigger than Tyrod and Bills fans need to realize it.


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Bob Gaughan

Bob Gaughan has worked in Buffalo media for over 25 years. He spent 15 of those years as a staple on WGR radio as a talk show host and sports director. Currently, Bob works for UB Athletics on the radio broadcast of football and women’s basketball. Off the air, he has been an adjunct professor for over 20 years at Buffalo State College where he developed and has taught a class on how to be a talk show host.

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