Bills coach Sean McDermott was going to have to bear the brunt of the heat if his decision to replace quarterback Tyrod Taylor with Nathan Peterman didn't work out. Well, it really didn't work out.
Peterman threw five interceptions before he was mercifully pulled for Taylor and the Bills lost 54-24 to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Peterman finished 6 for 14 for 66 yards. That made him the only player in NFL history with five or more INTs on fewer pass attempts was Archie Manning in 1973. Manning's five picks came on 13 attempts.
Taylor was 15 for 25 for 158 yards with a late touchdown. He also ran for 38 yards and a score.
Still, McDermott said he was not second-guessing himself.
“I don’t regret my decision. I regret the result," he said. "This is in part about winning now and in part about winning in the future.”
McDermott declined to name a starting QB for next Sunday's game at Kansas City. He said he would evaluate both players this week.
"It wasn't what he or we hoped for," McDermott said of Peterman, "but young players experience things like this. You have to push through it."
Said Taylor: “Who’s starting at QB next week is neither here nor there today ...We’re 5-5, and as a team, we need to fix this and get back to winning moving forward.” He added that he would support Peterman if Peterman is named the starter.
Said Peterman: “I’ve had tough games before...I’m going to learn a lot from this and make sure it never happens again.”
The Bills have lost three in a row and have given up at least 47 points in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.
“This game got away from us in a hurry, when you look at it objectively" McDermott said. "All teams go through a tough stretch. We have to manage this downturn, stay mentally tough, and make corrections going forward.”
LeSean McCoy ran for 114 yards on 13 carries and had a TD. When asked to weigh in on the quarterback situation earlier in the week, he had said that he thought Peterman would either throw four or five TDs or five picks. It ended up being the latter.
“The QB situation is not my call," he said. "It’s tough. Things like this happen in the NFL. We’re not totally out of It. We have to keep fighting.”