Peterman ready to judge himself on wins: “I expect to win every time I’m out there” (video)
ORCHARD PARK – The man himself has set the bar high, just like fans.
Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman is now at the helm of a 5-4 Buffalo Bills team who travels to the west coast to face the Los Angeles Chargers (3-6) this week. Peterman takes over a squad that was already in playoff contention with former starter Tyrod Taylor under center.
And of course, that’s with a franchise that hasn’t made the post season in 17 years.
Peterman’s Bills will have a look at breaking that drought. To do so, the rookie has to win games and that’s what Peterman said he’ll judge his success on: wins.
“I just expect to win every game I’m out there. I think that’s the ultimate goal and what I measure myself on as a quarterback is, do we win? It doesn’t matter about stats or anything like that. For me, it’s just about winning. My goal is to win this Sunday and that’s what we are going to work on,” Peterman said.
The new starter for the Bills also added that he doesn’t feel like he’s shouldering any more responsibility in terms of helping break the drought. Despite not playing in a starting role over the past nine games, Peterman said he was still putting his full effort into helping end the drought as a backup.
“I wouldn’t say I’m walking into it because I feel like I’ve been part of this team the whole season. Since I walked into this facility after I got drafted, the message has been playoff caliber. We’re going to get to the playoffs. I’ve always, I’m right there with the team. We are 5-4, and I’ve tried to do everything that I can on the other side, the behind the scenes, to get us there. Now I am going to try to do the same thing now that I’m kind of in front of the scenes,” Peterman said.
In terms of where the offense can improve from the past two weeks when the Bills suffered blowout losses, Peterman echoed head coach Sean McDermott on Monday by saying it’s the little things.
“I think maybe we were missing those fundamentals a little bit in certain aspects and that comes out in big ways, when you are missing those little things. That’s something that we’re focused on this week. I’m focused on my fundamentals and my footwork, trying to do what Coach McDermott is telling us to,” Peterman said.
For more from Peterman’s first press conference as starting quarterback of the Bills, see the attached video.