The evidence would seem to suggest an open-and-shut case when it comes to who should start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Judge Sean McDermott, however, sees it differently.
“Still evaluating right now,” the first-year head coach said Monday when asked whether Nathan Peterman or Tyrod Taylor would start in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. “Still evaluating, and we'll take it one day at a time right now."
That McDermott is leaving the door open for Peterman will come as a shock to most observers. The rookie played one of the worst games in franchise history Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, becoming the first quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to throw five interceptions in the first half.
“Let me start off here with Nathan: One game is not going to define Nathan or Nathan's career,” McDermott said. "Young players go through it. And you saw some of it yesterday. And I put that back on myself. I own the decision. And still, as I said yesterday, I don't regret the decision. I regret the result. And there's other hands, also, so it's never about one player. I'm confident in Nathan and his mental toughness and you know, we move forward, we learn, we grow from it and we get better.”
“I remain confident in Nathan. There's some plays yesterday I know he wants back,” he said. “There was also some plays from him, where you look at it and say, 'that was pretty darn good.' Hard to see on the surface, you know the 10,000-foot view, hard to see that with the result being what it was. You take it one play at a time, and you really look at it and say, we were moving the ball. You sometimes you've got to throw and you've gotta catch. ... But again, I own the decision and that's on me.”
McDermott, however, stopped short of saying his call at quarterback backfired.
“Sometimes you make decisions in leadership roles like this that work out, and sometimes they don't work out,” he said. “I think the biggest thing is you try to make every decision with the right agenda, the right decision-making process in mind and that leads you to the decision that you feel is right. And that's what I felt like in this case. And I stand by that decision. Obviously it didn't work out. And so, you go back, you learn from it. I learn from it as a head coach, and I expect us all to learn from it. We grow and we move forward as we continue to build.”