This week, Buffalo Bills first-year head coach Sean McDermott announced that fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman would be replacing Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarterback against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday.
To many, this seemed like a curious time to make the switch. Yes, Taylor had struggled mightily in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, and yes, the Bills had lost two in a row. Additionally, the new front office regime in Buffalo never committed to Taylor beyond this year.
Still, Buffalo is 5-4 and in the middle of the playoff hunt. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 1999. Do you really want to throw a rookie with limited garbage time reps out there against a Chargers team with a legit pass rush?
The Bills did, and it is going about as well as you’d expect, which is not well at all. Peterman was intercepted on his first two possessions, including a pick-6, and threw three interceptions in the first quarter.
— #BUFvsLAC (@Chargers) November 19, 2017
Things can (maybe?) only get better from here for Peterman, but the Bills coaching staff is going to have a lot more questions to answer post-game.