When he made the now-infamous move to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman Wednesday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott made clear that the decision was his alone.
He’ll now have to live with the responsibility for that decision after Peterman’s abysmal performance in the first half Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, leading McDermott to replace him with Taylor in the third quarter.
Peterman threw five interceptions — tied for the most ever for a Bills rookie — in the first half. His passer rating was an ugly 17.9.
The national media — which, generally, was more skeptical of the move than the local media — crucified McDermott on Sunday, as the Bills’ blowout loss to Los Angeles unfolded.
Talk about coach getting exactly what he deserved: Sean McDermott. Changing QBs was a dumb decision live and its dumb upon further review. And any amount of criticism is just.
— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) November 19, 2017
Sean McDermott should be left in Los Angeles if he doesn't bench Peterman at halftime. This is looking like the worst decision in NFL history.
— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) November 19, 2017
Tyrod shouldn’t go in, let McDermott suffer for the stupid decision to start Nathan Peterman.
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) November 19, 2017
The @buffalobills’ rookie QB — who Tyrod Taylor was benched for — has thrown 3 Int’s in his first 9 passes, all in the First Quarter. Experiment/Risk by McDermott isn’t looking go good right now
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 19, 2017
McDermott is destroying two NFL quarterbacks’ careers in a 90-minute span
— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) November 19, 2017
It is clear to me now, having seen what the Bills look like without him, that Tyrod Taylor is the greatest player in the history of football.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) November 19, 2017
How furious must the veteran players on the Bills be? They've busted their butts this year, defied expectations, played themselves into playoff contention. And then their coach benches a solid veteran for an in-over-his-head rookie.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) November 19, 2017
Some jokingly put themselves in the shoes of Taylor — who wasn’t shy about his displeasure with McDermott’s decision during the week.
Tyrod waiting for the coaches in the locker room like pic.twitter.com/PrZx5qoHlg
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) November 19, 2017
Maybe the most surprising thing about the whole situation: after three straight blowout losses and the disastrous Peterman performance, the Bills are still tied for a playoff spot.