Quarterback Taylor unhappy with benching
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP):
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is unhappy with the Bills decision to bench him to close the season and questioned whether he's played his final game for Buffalo.
Unless he hears otherwise, Taylor said he can only assume the benching reflects the Bills having lost confidence in him to continue on as their starter.
"That's fair to say. That's what it showed," Taylor said yesterday, when Bills players gathered to clear out their lockers a day after a season-ending 30-10 loss at the New York Jets.
"Did I believe that was fair? No, I didn't," Taylor said, adding he's hoping to get a lengthier explanation from the team during exit meetings. "Once we have the conversation and it's actually explained to me why it was done the way it was, we'll move forward from there. But we'll see when that happens."
The decision to start backup EJ Manuel was made at the same time the Bills fired coach Rex Ryan last week and promoted Anthony Lynn as the interim head coach.
Without going into detail, Lynn called it a "business decision," and said he didn't take part in the meeting in determining to start Manuel.
The Bills went 7-9 and extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 17 seasons.
Taylor said it's premature to say whether he'd consider restructuring his contract to remain in Buffalo.
In two seasons, Taylor went 15-14, including a 7-8 record this year.
The benching came after Taylor played his best game, going 26 of 39 for a career-best 329 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime loss to Miami.
He finished 269 or 436 for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He also had six rushing touchdowns.
Taylor has had difficulty rallying the Bills from deficits, going 2-14 in games Buffalo trailed by 4 or more points at any time of the game. A rash of injuries to Buffalo's top receivers, including starter Sammy Watkins, hampered Taylor's production.
He did provide a dynamic running element to team that led the league in rushing for a second consecutive season. Taylor finished with 580 yards rushing to break the single-season franchise record for quarterbacks he set last season with 568.
"Can we be better? Yes. Can I be better? Yes," Taylor said. "If the decision is to keep me here, I'm definitely going to continue to keep playing my heart out."