Shortly after announcing the firing of Rex and Rob Ryan, the Buffalo Bills announced that Tyrod Taylor will not play vs. the Jets.
The amount of drama that the Buffalo Bills‘ front office has caused in the past few days has been overwhelming, for the fans, players and NFL as a whole. With plenty of questions that needed answered, the Bills chose now to make those answers — or at least some of the more popular ones.
Shortly after the team announced the firing of Rex and Rob Ryan, they made another big announcement that could ruin their chances of finishing with a .500 record for the second straight year. That decision was to bench Tyrod Taylor for the final game of the season vs. the New York Jets — coming off the best game of his career.
Many people have speculated that Taylor won’t be the Buffalo Bills‘ starting quarterback next season. In fact, many people seemed fixed on the fact that Taylor would most likely suit up for another team this offseason if Rex Ryan were to be fired.
With Rex fired and Tyrod Taylor sitting out the Bills’ final game, suspicion is starting to run quite high in Buffalo.
As his replacement, the Bills are committed to starting E.J. Manuel at center vs. the Jets and are hoping to have Cardale Jones active, as well. There’s a chance that all three QB’s are available and seems like we will get a good look at both Manuel and Jones on Sunday — this is something a lot of Bills’ fans have been waiting for, so we will see whether it was worth the wait.
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Let’s get to the reasoning behind the decision.
First off, this was a decision made by the people upstairs, which means it was a decision that Doug Whaley made. This was confirmed when Anthony Lynn had his first press conference as interim head coach of the team. “That was a business decision. We want to look at the depth of our quarterback position, and we’re out of the playoffs, so we want to see what the other two guys can do,” said Lynn on Wednesday.
Remember, Whaley was all-in on benching Taylor sooner — before his career day vs. the Dolphins.
It’s also important to note that Taylor’s contract next season would be guaranteed at around $30 million if he were to suffer an injury on Sunday. With that being said, the Buffalo Bills‘ front office is just looking out for themselves and potentially the future of this franchise — that’s a lot of money at stake that could be used for other pieces to this roster.
Unfortunately, the Bills are also proving that they don’t really care about putting the team in the best position to win vs. the Jets. Sure, there’s a lot of money at stake, we are out of the playoffs and it makes sense to get a look at your other two QB options. However, that doesn’t quite go along with what Lynn and the others are saying about the situation — which is that they are putting this team in the best position to win.
After news broke of Tyrod Taylor being benched, many players reacted to it and the feedback didn’t look good for the front office. Let’s take a look at what some players are saying about the decision.