Bills coach Sean McDermott got rightly crushed by local and national media after replacing Tyrod Taylor in Week 11 with rookie Nathan Peterman, who threw five interceptions in his first half as a starter.
But this week, after beating his mentor Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs on the road, McDermott was named Coach of the Week by Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback site.
Here's the reasoning from Peter King:
"He got grilled, with justification, for starting Nathan Peterman in his five-pick meltdown at the Chargers last week. But McDermott realized he had to go back to Tyrod Taylor as his starter instead of being bull-headed and sticking with the unprepared Peterman. Against his coaching mentor, Andy Reid, on the road in a game the Bills needed to win to have any semblance of playoff hopes, McDermott and the Bills played a mostly mistake-free game in one of the toughest places in the league to win. Time will tell if McDermott’s “trust the process” slogan will end up meaning the players actually trust what this new administration is selling. But after the jarring benching of Tyrod Taylor and then Taylor’s reanimation, it says something that the players came out and played nobly on Sunday."
The Bills improved to 6-5 with the win and stayed in the thick of the playoff hunt. They host the Patriots on Sunday.