Hey Tyrod! Throw More Interceptions!
by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page
That headline is correct. No, I am not crazy. It may be a crazy headline, because who wants their team’s quarterback to throw more interceptions? No one. Except me.
Some explanation is necessary. I’m not looking for Tyrod Taylor to become Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw 17 picks in 2016. What I’m looking for is Tyrod to become a little more like Brett Favre. Yes, the Favre who’s 336 interceptions are the most of all time.
In his last two years as the Bills starting quarterback, Taylor has thrown six interceptions each season. Good, right? You don’t want your quarterback giving the ball to the other team. But I feel like those limited picks have come because of one big reason.
Tyrod is too cautious.
His unwillingness to throw in traffic, and jam a ball into a tight space is a big reason why his numbers are so low. He doesn’t take any risks. That’s what Favre’s game was all about. He was great BECAUSE he threw interceptions. He also threw balls that no other quarterback would ever dream of throwing. But it’s why he was so good and his receivers were so good.
I’m not comparing, or asking Taylor to become Brett Favre. But what I would like to see him do is take more chances. We all know about his unwillingness/inability to throw the ball across the middle. That’s part of my point. While we know his height prevents him from being an effective passer in that part of the field, I also think he won’t throw there because he’s afraid of turning it over.
Taking more chances will also allow Taylor to set up his receivers for more yards after the catch. A throw in tight coverage to Sammy Watkins would allow him to break a tackle, or catch it in stride for a big gain.
I feel like I’ve seen far too many times when he sat in the pocket, scanned the field, bypassed “covered” receivers, and then dumped it off to an outlet like McCoy or a short-route receiver like Clay. Other than the long bombs to Watkins (which Tyrod is very good at), how many great and tight throws to receivers do you remember?
Not everyone can be Tom Brady, who makes crazy tight and risky throws and still was only picked off twice. Remember the Super Bowl tosses to Amendola and Edelman?
If Tyrod threw four or five more interceptions, but it meant another five touchdowns and 500 yards, I’d be OK. Really. I’m fine with that.
So Tyrod, take my advice. Throw More Interceptions!