ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Tyrod Taylor has a bruised patellar tendon in his left knee and is day-to-day after avoiding ligament damage. When healthy, head coach Sean McDermott says he's the Bills starting quarterback. With Taylor or Nathan Peterman at the helm, the passing offense ranks 30th in the NFL at just over 174 yards per game, which McDermott understands doesn't lead to success.
"I knew that before I became a head coach, with all due respect to your question," McDermott said. "You've got to be able to throw the ball in this league. And that said, you can't just become a one-dimensional team, whether it's throwing or running. Balance is important and, at the end of the day score points, is important."
The other major storyline coming out of the Patriots loss was the late hit by Rob Gronkowski on Tre'Davious White. Monday the league suspended Gronkowski for one-game, although he's set to appeal. As White's now in the concussion protocol, his teammates are taking fire from outsiders like Jim Kelly for their lack of direct on-field response towards Gronk. The head coach disagrees.
"That's not what I saw," McDermott said. "I saw, I saw something other than that. So those are your words, not my words. I know what I saw and I'm also proud to a point of the poise that we showed because that's important as we build this thing that we're doing things the right way. The referees handle things and then we have to play within the rules. Like I've said, we move on and I've answered your question and that's all I'm going to say about that."
McDermott wouldn't go into what he told Bill Belichick after the game in regards to the hit, but the Patriots head coach was heard apologizing and calling the hit "bulls**t." It's to be determined if the punishment fits the crime in the end, with the appeal process set to conclude in the next few days.