Andy Reid on a relatable QB carousel: Buffalo needs to trust Sean McDermott
ORCHARD PARK – It’s a big decision for any coach, let alone a first-year coach, to pull his starting quarterback in favor of an unknown rookie.
That’s exactly what Buffalo Bills (5-5) head coach Sean McDermott did last week prior to facing the Los Angeles Chargers and it did not pay dividends as rookie fifth-rounder Nathan Peterman tossed five interceptions en route to a 54-24 loss.
Tyrod Taylor replaced Peterman in the second half and will this upcoming week as Buffalo heads to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. In a roundabout way, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid had a hand in that decision.
McDermott comes from the Reid “coaching tree.” His first NFL gig was in 1999, under Reid, until 2011.
“Smart guy, went to William and Mary, (McDermott) was a good player there. Extremely, extremely hard worker. A lot of respect for him, I’ve watched him climb through the ranks. Never took the easy way and worked his tail off to get where he is. Proud of him,” Reid said.
In terms of the controversial call made this week by McDermott on his quarterbacks, Reid said the people of Western New York need to simply trust McDermott.
“Only (McDermott) knows. That’s a decision he has to make. It’s one of those tough decisions and he’s going to do what he feels is right for the team and that’s what he felt was right,” Reid said.
What McDermott has going on isn’t too far off what Reid has going on with his quarterback room.
Current starting quarterback for Kansas City, Alex Smith, had a strong start to the year. The drafting of Pat Mahomes has appeared to light a fire under him prior to the season.
In recent weeks, Smith has cooled off. Reid has a little more incentive to go to the bench with a first-round pick, not fifth-round pick, in Mahomes waiting.
However, It’s still Smith’s show. The opposite of McDermott chose.
Reid said since the drafting of Mahomes, his starter hasn’t wavered.
“(Smith) is one of those guys you enjoy being around and he comes to work every day. He hasn’t changed a bit since he’s been here. Same work ethic. It’s what you expect and what you want,” Reid said. “It’s been great for Patrick (Mahomes) to see.”
On the flip side, Reid, who referenced having coached Tyrod Taylor during the 2015 Pro Bowl, said he’s not sure if benching Taylor will light a fire under Taylor or not. However, Reid did give his nod of approval for Taylor.