INDIANAPOLIS – The Buffalo Bills are trying to put on a united front.
Coach Sean McDermott insists he and General Manager Doug Whaley are on the same page, particularly when it comes to how the team is working through the process of deciding quarterback Tyrod Taylor's future.
A report Friday, however, suggested all may not be kumbaya within the franchise. According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, a "chasm" remains between the front office and new coaching staff when it comes to picking up Taylor's contract option.
According to La Canfora, Whaley, team president Russ Brandon and senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf decided at the end of the 2016 season to move on from Taylor, who was benched for the Week 17 season finale after Rex Ryan was fired.
McDermott and his staff, however, "are not convinced they will find an upgrade," according to La Canfora, and thus may be inclined to keep the quarterback.
For what it's worth, McDermott, Whaley, Overdorf and team owner Terry Pegula dined together at an area steakhouse Thursday night.
"We are absolutely in accord," McDermott said Wednesday when asked if he and Whaley were in agreement on where they stood with Taylor. "Doug and I have gotten off to a great start. Doug and I have had great meetings. Very productive, healthy meetings. Sometimes you disagree, but those disagreements are healthy. And that goes for every meeting. At the end of the day, we're going to have the right decision for the Bills' organization. I think Doug and I are off to a great start."
If the general manager and head coach truly are split on the issue, the eventual winner will be the one with the real power. It's strange that the Bills have said Whaley retains control over the 90-man roster, but have tabbed McDermott to be the "one voice" speaking for the organization. If it really is Whaley who has the final call, he should be the one talking about why decisions on certain players – like Taylor – are ultimately made.
La Canfora also reported there is interest on the Bills' part in trading for Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, "though the feasibility is under question and I’ve heard Buffalo is not Romo’s favored locale."
The Bills have until March 11 to make their decision on Taylor.
"There's a lot of factors," McDermott said. "It's more about looking at this from all different angles, exhausting all of the time that we have available to us, and the resources. ... The communication is vital in making the right decision."