Reason Three: Small, Mobile Quarterbacks
The Bills and the Seahawks both have smaller quarterbacks that are mobile making it hard for teams to scheme against them. Russell Wilson is 5’11” and has just one season in his career that he threw for over 4,000 yards. He crossed that threshold by a measly 24 yards in that year. Wilson averages over 600 yards rushing per year if you don’t include this season when he has been battling multiple injuries.
He led the Seahawks to back to back Super Bowl appearances proving that you don’t need a 6’5″ Peyton Manning or a 6’4″ Tom Brady as a true pocket passing quarterback to be successful. Wilson is very much the next generation of quarterback and the Bills should study the way he has been successful and try to replicate some of it with Taylor.
Despite how successful Russell Wilson has been, in many ways Tyrod Taylor can be better. Taylor is taller than Wilson by two inches and is a better runner. The problems he has throwing over the middle have to do with the Bills not rolling the pocket as effectively as Seattle does for Wilson. When the Bills do roll the pocket to accommodate Taylor he gets better sight lines up the field and completes passes he can’t make from inside the pocket.
Taylor hasn’t really improved this season but considering the injuries to Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Brandon Tate, it’s really not fair to blame him. The biggest criticism I have of him is there are a few throws Taylor has made which has led his receivers to take big hits due to inaccuracy but outside of that, it’s hard for him to improve from last season without his top playmakers.