The Buffalo Bills announced on Wednesday that Nathan Peterman would be the team’s starting quarterback over Tyrod Taylor for their Week 11 game against the Chargers.
While the Bills are struggling the last few weeks, it’s been the defense that’s been getting carved up. The Jets hung 331 yards on the team while Drew Brees and the Saints went for 482 total yards, ugly stats for sure.
Yet, somehow the black quarterback is the problem.
"We are made for more than 5-4 and I’ve come here to be more than 5-4.”
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 15, 2017
Needless to say, this did not sit well with Taylor, who tried his best to be a team player after the move was announced.
“Definitely disappointed,” said Taylor, who is one of the team’s five captains. “Ultimately coach McDermott has a vision for this team and what he feels is best for the team, as well as the owners and GM. I have to move forward and continue to be the teammate and leader that I am from a different role.
It’s tough to be a team player when your numbers aren’t the problem with the team’s performance. It’s also tough to be a black quarterback in the NFL.
Look at the venom spewed at Cam Newton for “dabbing”; hated on for a simple celebration but not praised for the work he did with the community or giving footballs to children after scoring a TD. This is the fight that Black QBs have faced for decades, always being told to conform and fit into a system as opposed to designing a system for their talents.
The Bills have wanted an excuse to bench Tyrod Taylor since the Sean McDermott era began. But Taylor refused to give them one.
The list of QB this season with 10+ TD and 3 or less INT:
Tyrod Taylor pic.twitter.com/ZGhYWXICti
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 15, 2017
Hopefully Taylor will be back under center soon. But if Buffalo doesn’t understand and/or appreciate the type of player he is and continues to keep him on the bench, then look for Taylor to be under center in a different uniform next season.