Instant Reaction: Taylor Benched, Peterman Starts

by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

My initial reaction was surprise.  I never expected this move to happen now.  After the Chiefs and Patriots games, sure.  Let Peterman start at home vs. the Colts, makes sense.

But after the shock wore off, I realized I shouldn’t be surprised.  Everything Sean McDermott has done since he arrived in Buffalo has been done to make the Bills a better team.  All of those moves haven’t been obvious on the surface, and some of them made no sense when they happened.  But McDermott has not been afraid to make unpopular and even controversial roster decisions.

So benching Taylor after two ugly starts is really not a surprise.  Going with an untested rookie, a little surprise I guess.  But McDermott is smart enough to see what everyone (except the blind Taylor loyalists) can clearly see.  Taylor is not good enough. He’s too limited in his skill set, too easy to defend.  Good enough to get you a win when everything works around him?  Sure.  But that doesn’t happen much in the NFL.  Teams have figured out what the Bills do well and what they don’t do well, and Buffalo’s lack of talent has caught up to them.

The fact that the team is in the playoff hunt is great.  But I love what McDermott said while making the announcement.

“We are made for more than 5-4 and I’ve come here to be more than 5-4.”

That means he isn’t content to just be in the playoff hunt or wild card spot.  He wants to win a division title and Super Bowl.  He knows Taylor will never get him there.

I’m not sure a rookie 5th round draft pick quarterback with questionable arm strength is the guy to do it either.  But we all need to find out.  If not, there are plenty of draft picks to use on a signalcaller in next year’s draft.

I admire McDermott’s guts in doing this.  I admire that he doesn’t care what anyone thinks.  The fans, the players, the media.

All he cares about is one thing: Winning.

To me, that’s no surprise.


Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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