Nate Peterman said his parents weren’t planning on attending the Bills game this week in Los Angeles. The call to ask them to change their mind was emotional.
“Find a way to make it possible,” he said. “I don’t want you to miss my first start.”
As to why he made the change from Tyrod Taylor to Peterman, Sean McDermott kept the explanation very simple.
“This is about becoming better as a football team,” McDermott said. “It’s about looking at our team and the combination of players on the field and seeing if this is going to make us a better football team. As a decision-maker, you have to be able to, or willing to, take calculated risks to get to where we’re trying to go. I’m comfortable doing that.”
“You always kind of expect to have your opportunity. I knew my opportunity was going to come sometime,” Peterman said. “I am trying to be ready and I’ve tried to be ready since the first day I stepped here in this facility.”
Taylor had plenty of support in the Bills locker room. LeSean McCoy called the change “tough”, but he and his teammates are ready to fall in line behind their coach’s decision.
“The coaches made that move, we don’t call them shots. Those are the shots, we roll with it. Those are the cards we have, we got to play them. Simple as that,” McCoy said.
“We’ve made a lot of big moves this year and we’ve always trusted coach in whatever he’s done,” Ryan Groy said. “I’d say there’s been a lot of drastic change and we’ve embraced it and moved along and it’s been successful.”
Many of the Bills said the change was a whirlwind. The interview session with media came only hours after McDermott had informed them of the change.
It’s been difficult to process for many players who have staunchly defended Taylor from seemingly never ending criticism.
It’s not difficult to see why Peterman could be a very good NFL quarterback.
“He’s been a surprise to a lot of the players when he got here,” McCoy said. “His ball placement, each week the growth, making plays against the defense. He looks good.”
“Even early into camp, he was very mature and he embraced the whole playbook,” Groy said. “It wasn’t like they were giving him just a little bit. They were feeding him the whole thing and he was doing a good job.”
The Bills, to a man, said they will rally around Peterman and support him.
“At the end of the day, we still have the same goal. Tyrod, too,” McCoy said. “We want to win. We want to have a chance to make the playoffs.”