Including both passing and rushing scores, Tyrod Taylor is averaging 1.62 offensive touchdowns per game over the last two seasons. While that’s not an overwhelming number, it’s more trips to the endzone each weekend than signal callers like Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill, Alex Smith and Sam Bradford among others over that same period of time.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the Buffalo Bills quarterback is playing his position better than the guys on that list, but it does provide some perspective at a time when the pitchforks are out in full force. Maybe this nucleus can win with a competent defense?
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Many in the local media have already hinted at or essentially made the prediction that Taylor has played his last game in a Bills uniform. Although that really doesn’t make much sense from a football standpoint, it will cost owners Terry and Kim Pegula some coin to keep him, so it’s the narrative that the national media have also picked up on. Nevermind that Taylor’s cap hit would only be $15.9M in 2017, which would be the 20th-highest in the NFL, that guaranteed $27M (portion paid out in bonuses) is too shiny of a number to pass up on.
So while General Manager Doug Whaley has yet to tip his hand one way or another on what the team has planned in regards to Tyrod, with no better option clearly in the fold it seems foolish to not retain him. Especially when you consider how well Buffalo’s offense has fared with Taylor under center, ranking 8th (2.6 in 2015) and 6th (3 in 2016) in the NFL in total offensive touchdowns per game since 2015, according to teamrankings.com. No doubt LeSean McCoy and the league’s #1 rushing attack is a major reason for that ranking but the combination of him and T-Mobile makes it lethal.
In fact, that side of the ball has been so bad in Buffalo that since 2003 a Bills offense has only cracked the top-15 in total offensive touchdowns per game just once (2011). That’s pathetic and just a quick reminder of how ineffective this team had been at scoring before #5 took over.
Taylor’s passing game still has plenty of flaws that need work, but his absence vs. the New York Jets in week 17 highlighted how much he means to this unit as Buffalo struggled to find any room on the ground:
isn’t it crazy how when tyrod (bills running threat) out of the game the defense doesn’t respect the run? hmm
— Rob Quinn (@RQUINN619) January 1, 2017
Despite getting banged-up in the season finale, McCoy just finished one of his best campaigns to date and totaled 13 rushing touchdowns in 2016. He could have set a career-high this year (17 in 2011) if he didn’t lose so much goal line work to Mike Gillislee. While the bruising offensive line deserves the majority of credit for clearing the way, the threat of Tyrod taking off absolutely helps the running game as well.
It may not always be pretty and sometimes it’s in an attempt at playing catch up, but this Bills offense is putting points on the board. Tyrod Taylor is finding the endzone and although it’s not at an elite-level, it’s more than some “franchise” Quarterbacks and often enough to win games. Let’s add more weapons to the mix and fix the defense instead of starting all over.