As part of this week’s Sully’s mailbag, Stephen Bell asks: If it’s as obvious as it is to fans, why doesn’t Tyrod Taylor audible more? How many times Sunday did the Bills come to the line, see eight or nine Panthers stacked against them and hand it off anyway?
Sully: I asked Taylor on Wednesday. "We're getting to that," he said. "As you progress in the offense, as I progress in my relationship with Rick (OC Rick Dennison), the comfort level of him allowing me to do that. On the certain packages we definitely have plays that I can audible (out of), but it's not a free-range thing every play."
Later, a Bills PR man told me it's not as if Taylor can't call audibles. He has the authority to do so. But when the QB says they're "getting to that" and needing to progress to a "comfort level," it seems evident that his ability to change plays is limited right now in the new offense.
Taylor, who has talked extensively about his additional work to “get on the same page” as his receivers, has been in the NFL for seven years. You'd think he would have "free range" to audible at this stage of his career.
Worth noting, though, that Dennison insists he has “complete confidence” in Taylor.
"I think he did some things, even though he did some bad things, he did some good things,” Dennison said Monday. “He managed the team when the things weren't going well, but kept us in the game. Some people might have gone south. He kept us all rolling, had to make some plays with his feet when things weren't there. He's coachable. You tell him to do something, he'll do it right. You know, he'll fix it."