When Sean McDermott indicated that his Buffalo Bills would be going with rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback in Week 11, outsiders figured the head coach had something up his sleeve.
Tyrod Taylor had a miserable Week 10, but had been an unspectacular yet deserving starter since taking the reins of the Bills offense in 2015—and is a player 10 or more teams in the league would kill to start right now.
So for McDermott to bench Taylor for a fifth-round pick with his team in the thick of a playoff hunt, it seemed the coach knew something we didn’t.
Peterman threw 14 passes in the first half. Eleven were caught. But only six were caught by his Bills teammates.
Nathan Peterman was intercepted five times by the Los Angeles Chargers.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 19, 2017
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 19, 2017
Not good, apparently.
Sean McDermott when he sees Tyrod Taylor in the locker room after Nathan Peterman threw 5 first half interceptions pic.twitter.com/jw7GPg522m
— SpongeBob Sports (@SpongeBobSports) November 19, 2017
Tyrod Taylor’s last 14 games: 395 passes, 5 INT
— Dustyn Waite (@CallMeDBlock) November 19, 2017
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) November 19, 2017
Nathan Peterman threw 5 INTs in 14 passes today. Since 1990, no other QB has attempted fewer than 28 passes in a 5-INT game.
— Zachary Kram (@zachkram) November 19, 2017
Tyrod shouldn’t go in, let McDermott suffer for the stupid decision to start Nathan Peterman.
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) November 19, 2017
Every Charger in this photo has intercepted or will intercept Nathan Peterman today. pic.twitter.com/jnvTXVwgxQ
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) November 19, 2017
Down 37-7 at halftime, he went back to Taylor in the second. The Bills lost 54-24. Taylor went 15-of-25 for a touchdown and no interceptions, and added 38 yards and a score on the ground.