Sean McDermott’s decision to switch quarterbacks backfired.
The Bills coach benched Tyrod Taylor to give Nathan Peterman his first NFL start, and the rookie tossed five interceptions against the Chargers. Peterman’s five interceptions all came in the first half of what was a 54-24 Chargers victory. The Chargers (4-6) held a 37-7 halftime lead at StubHub Center before Peterman was benched and Taylor was once again under center.
Taylor finished 15 of 25 for 158 yards with a touchdown and zero interceptions, but did fumble on a sack by Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa. The fumble was returned 39 yards by Melvin Ingram for a touchdown. Peterman was just 6 of 14 for 66 yards with zero touchdowns and the five interceptions.
Cornerback Chris Harris Jr.: “Everybody in this organization is accountable for how we’re playing right now. Ain’t nothing soft in my bones.”
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas: “He wouldn’t have said it if he wasn’t telling the truth. We’ve lost six in a row. I think there’s a little softness in us somewhere and he’s talking about everybody, including me.”
Linebacker Brandon Marshall: “We definitely didn’t take kindly to those remarks. I understand this is his team and he put it together, so his name is on it. But it’s our skin in the game. Nobody is soft on this team. We work our ass off and we work hard. We play hard and we go out there and give it 100 every game and every practice. We just fall short.”