The question has been asked from Buffalo bar stools to high offices of the NFL: Are the Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor? So far, nobody has come up with a definitive answer with the deadline less than four weeks away. The decision, once final, will provide insight into a bigger question: What’s their goal?
If making the playoffs is the objective after a 17-year drought, they should keep Taylor as the immediate solution. If they want a Super Bowl, they should cut ties with him. Taylor is somewhere between a starting NFL quarterback and a franchise QB.
Bills fans have suffered enough, but making the playoffs shouldn’t pass for success. Buffalo should be trying to win a title, and Taylor isn’t the guy who will lead them there. It means rebuilding with no guarantees, just like it did in 1983.
The Bills waited three years after drafting Jim Kelly for him to arrive, another three years for him to lead them to the postseason and two more years to reach their first Super Bowl. Are they keeping Taylor? It depends on their desire for a title and their threshold for pain. You’ll soon have the answer on both.