Tyrod Taylor resumed his role as Bills starting quarterback Wednesday with the belief he has the full support of the head coach who benched him last week.
The relationship with the Bills coaching staff going forward is mixed.
Taylor said he’s still good friends with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, but termed his relationship with head coach Sean McDermott as “still there.”
They both want to win, and that’s apparently enough.
“It’s been an interesting set of days but it’s the National Football League,” Taylor said. “You’ve got to be prepared for anything and focus-wise, you can’t let things break your focus. “
McDermott continued to say he does not regret starting Nate Peterman last week. He did not commit to starting Taylor for the rest of the season and Taylor confirmed he hasn’t been told different.
“When you go through the situation, where we are and where we’re going, I feel like it’s the right thing for this team,” McDermott said. “Like a week ago, I felt like the right thing for the team was to start Nate. I feel like the right thing for this team is to start Tyrod.”
The Bills are backing the move. Again.
“We have faith in our guys, man. We stuck by the decision last week [and] we stick by this one,” Micah Hyde said.
The Bills also gave no indication McDermott had to elevate Taylor again to avoid any sort of locker room revolt.
“I wouldn’t have sensed anything like that coming,” Eric Wood said. “This is a pretty mature locker room. We trust what the coach does and I’m going to put the work in regardless.”
“We’re all professionals in here. We’ve all been a part of this. We’ve all been a part of lineup changes, injuries, stuff like that,” Richie Incognito said. “The guys in here really have a great attitude. Coach McDermott’s done a great job of communicating the entire time.”
“You can’t let it affect you because at the end of the day, we’ve got to play the game, no matter if I’m playing quarterback,” LeSean McCoy said. “The game’s going to be played. Everyone wants to do their best to win the game.”
Taylor said he hasn’t thought about what this ordeal the last two weeks might mean for his long term future with the Bills.
He wants to “Put it behind me. Learn from it. Visit it maybe sometime down the line, but right now it’s about the Chiefs and whatever it takes to find a win.”