There was a lot of conversation on ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown about the Bills' decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman in advance of Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Chargers.
Former Bills coach Rex Ryan was among those who weighed in and said he did not understand why the switch was made, and why now.
Rex Ryan does not agree with benching Tyrod Taylor. pic.twitter.com/jh3tgSThyE
— ESPN (@espn) November 19, 2017
During the course of the segment, ESPN's Matt Hasselbeck suggested the change might not have been head coach Sean McDermott's decision alone. He noted that McDermott vociferously saying it was his decision showed that someone above him was pushing for the change. There has been no public evidence that someone other than McDermott precipitated the change.
Charles Woodson said he watched a number of Bills players interviewed this week and said their tepid support for Peterman showed that the locker room doesn't understand the swap.
Also, former NFL executive Louis Riddick provided a scouting report on Peterman:
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) November 19, 2017
Over on NFL Network, here is what Ian Rapoport had to say about the switch:
"They realized for sure that Tyrod Taylor is not the answer for them long-term. He is not their franchise quarterback and they want to see what they have in Nathan Peterman right now and for the future. ... They do think Peterman is going to be an upgrade. They think he’s going to get the ball out quicker and be a little more aggressive."