Sean McDermott said he would need at least an hour to explain the many reasons Tyrod Taylor will be such a good fit in the scheme of new Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
The Bills' first-year head coach was well aware that was the extent of the allotted time for last week's AFC Coaches Breakfast with reporters during the NFL meeting in Phoenix. He also knew his audience wanted to cover other topics.
But McDermott did his best to provide a summary of the many aspects of Taylor's quarterbacking skills that he expected Dennison to utilize to the fullest.
"The movement," McDermott said, choosing the obvious starting point.
If Taylor has demonstrated nothing else during the past two seasons as the Bills' starter, it's that his exceptional mobility is by far his greatest asset. And the coach made it clear that it would remain a prominent part of the Bills' offense.
Taylor's production on the ground was a major reason the team has led the NFL in rushing in 2015 and 2016. McDermott made it clear the quarterback will continue to have the green light to carry the ball and augment what LeSean McCoy and other running backs contribute.
"So you start with the run game, and that's a big part of who we're going to be on offense," the coach said. "You've got to be able to run the football when the defense knows it" is coming, "and that's big. When they feel like they know you're going to run the football, you've got to be able to run it to win games at the end of the game or to open up games.
"And that just opens up the play-action game with the play faking and getting Tyrod on the edge of the defense and trying to put ourselves in favorable third-down situations or red-zone situations. That's a big part of the formula to playing winning football."
Taylor has already expressed enthusiasm over being reunited with Dennison, who was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore in 2014, Taylor's last of four seasons as Joe Flacco's backup. What spoke even louder was the quarterback's willingness to accept a $10-million pay cut over the next two years as part of a restructured contract to remain with the Bills.
Granted, he never would have done that if his agent gauged stronger interest in his client from other clubs before the March 11 deadline when the Bills would either live by the terms of his existing deal or cut him loose. And, granted, the Bills could easily part ways with Taylor after the 2017 season if they aren't satisfied with his performance and/or have targeted a replacement they think would be better.
Nevertheless, every indication from both sides is that this is a win-win relationship.
"Quarterback, as we know, is the most critical position on the field and in the building for a lot of reasons, so we were fortunate to be able to re-sign Tyrod this offseason," McDermott said.
Taylor has gone out of his way to endear himself to McDermott, who made a point of praising Taylor for "making himself available" to the coach since McDermott's introductory news conference in January.
"I remember I was in my driveway in Carolina and he called me and reached out, and that, to me, spoke volumes about the type of person we have," McDermott said. "And then I watched him work with his rehab process in the building in Buffalo (after groin surgery). So outstanding individual, character-wise, and then what he did on the field the last couple of years as really just a two-year starter" is impressive.
"And then you combine that with the system that Rick Dennison's bringing to Buffalo, it's a nice fit for him."