Film Room: Tyrod Taylor

Film Room: Tyrod Taylor
Film Room: Tyrod Taylor
Photo: USA Today Sports Images

by Cian Fahey

The success of Cam Newton and Russell Wilson would lead you to believe that the stigma surrounding quarterbacks who can run is dissipating. Newton was the MVP of the league in 2015 while rushing 132 times for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also thrived as a passer, but his running ability was a foundation for the success of the Carolina Panthers' offense. Ron Rivera and Mike Shula incorporated Newton's rushing ability into their scheme, designing plays around his threat with and without the ball in his hands.

Newton was forced to fend off a late surge from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson over the second half of the season. Like Newton, Wilson thrived as a passer while rushing 103 times for 553 yards. Pete Carroll doesn't incorporate Wilson's rushing ability into his scheme to the same degree as the Panthers do with Newton, but the coaching staff in Seattle does embrace Wilson's creativity and encourage him to use his legs when plays break down.

Both the Panthers and Seahawks have reaped rewards from allowing their quarterbacks to explore their own skill sets. Neither franchise has tried to force its young quarterback into the stereotypical idea of what a quarterback should be.

Unfortunately, the Panthers and Seahawks are still the exceptions to the rule.

NFL teams are more willing to commit to an incompetent statue than an inconsistent spark of athleticism. The explanation for this is typically that pocket passers are more likely to run the offense as designed. In theory this is a good explanation; any quarterback who wants to use his running ability has to be able to run a functional passing game first or his rushing ability won't be valuable. However, when you're talking about the lower-level quarterbacks -- not the Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning types -- you're talking about quarterbacks who are incapable of running a functional offense. Those quarterbacks don't run to ruin the offense, but they do stare down receivers, miss open men, collapse against pressure, and fail to move in the pocket. They can't run a functional passing game, but they fail in a way that NFL teams apparently prefer. It's why a player such as Terrelle Pryor ends up converting to wide receiver, whereas a Mark Sanchez or Brian Hoyer is afforded opportunity after opportunity to prove himself. Even if he fails, he'll find a comfortable role as a (very rich) backup.

It's easier to buy into Newton and (to a lesser degree) Wilson, because their talent has always been obvious. The second-tier quarterbacks who rely on running as a significant part of their skill set are the ones who suffer from the stigma. Arguments can be made for a few quarterbacks, but Tyrod Taylor is the only other player who definitively fits the mold that Newton and Wilson share. Taylor was the only other quarterback in the league to rush more than 100 times (104) and for more than 500 yards (568) last year. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman, someone who has previously found success with a rushing threat at quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, allows Taylor to be creative when plays break down while also designing specific plays that put the ball in his hands attacking the line of scrimmage. Taylor is a great athlete, someone who can make defenders miss in space, outrun angles with his acceleration, and break off big plays with his long speed. More importantly, he's a smart quarterback who understands when to run and when to keep his eyes downfield to find an open receiver. Charting for the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue revealed that Wilson and Taylor had 13 avoidable sacks last year, second only to Blake Bortles who had 20. Those 13 avoidable sacks are problematic, a specific flaw in each player's skill set, but that flaw is mitigated by how many sacks each player avoids and, more importantly, how many first downs they can create in situations where less athletic quarterbacks would be forced to attempt passing plays they are incapable of making.

Taylor ran for 28 first downs last year. Take out kneeldowns and he had 87 rushes, for a first-down rate of 32.2 percent. That was the third-highest rate in the league. Newton was first, and Wilson was second.

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This play comes from Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, Taylor's first ever start in the NFL. The quarterback faces a third-and-4 at the Bills' 48-yard line with 1:20 left in the second quarter. This is a pivotal point of the game, with the Bills leading 10-0. Because it's third down, Chuck Pagano's defense is masking its intentions in the hopes of confusing the inexperienced quarterback. Pagano threatens double A-gap pressure with two linebackers while a cornerback moves into a blitzing position before the ball is snapped. Taylor can see the right-sided safety rotating down, hinting that the blitz is coming from that side of the field. As a result, Taylor's first read when he gets the ball is to that side, the offensive left side of the field. He wants to throw behind the blitz to expose the preferable matchup. When the ball is snapped, the defense bails out, blitzing with one linebacker up the middle while dropping the other into man coverage. The cornerback does the same, dropping into man coverage so the defense is playing Cover-2 man.

If Taylor was a statuesque starter, he would need to bring his eyes from the far left to the far right to gain a first down on this play. He would need to do it quickly. His only open option was the in route on the opposite side of the field.

This image shows off the pivotal point of the play. Sammy Watkins was the first read, but Vontae Davis is sitting on his route. The slot receiver inside of Watkins is running a route that will take too long to develop and is running into the teeth of the coverage. The slot receiver to the other side of the field is going to encounter similar issues. Taylor doesn't have time to slowly work his way across the field. For the play to work for a statuesque passer, it would have had to have worked quickly. The Colts didn't rush contain, they sent every defender aggressively after the quarterback in the pocket without leaving a spy in behind. Against a quarterback with the running ability that Taylor possesses, this was a major mistake.

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"Rushing contain" means to rush with discipline. Every pass rusher works together, moving downfield like a Roman army in formation. They close off running lanes and keep their eyes up so they can react to any movement the quarterback makes. Because the defense rushes aggressively, Taylor can slip out of the pocket with ease and immediately find space. With the defense playing man coverage and no linebacker spying him, Taylor can gain an uncontested first down. From there, he makes one defender miss to continue downfield for a 31-yard gain that moves the Bills offense into scoring position. One more 5-yard scramble from the quarterback leads to a 26-yard touchdown run from Karlos Williams, giving the Bills a commanding 17-0 lead at halftime that they wouldn't relinquish.

Not all quarterbacks who can run are the same. Some are just fast; some are fast and quick but are only elusive in open space. The very best runners are able to create in tight areas, elude defenders in space, show off explosiveness in space, and possess an understanding of timing and patience to work with his blockers. Taylor isn't just a great athlete, he's a great runner. He will thrive in both designed runs and scrambling situations because of his vision.

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Taylor consistently makes the right decision on read-option runs. Read-option runs are ideal for opening up running lanes for the running back and managing situational football to keep the offense ahead of the down-and-distance. In the above play against the Kansas City Chiefs, Taylor reads Tamba Hali's positioning extremely early to escape outside. He turns a second-and-10 into a third-and-1 without any risk.

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The above play against the Dallas Cowboys is a startling one that comes in the final moments. This first down ices the game for the Bills. Having this weapon in this scenario is valuable for the Bills, but more significant is the fear that Taylor puts in the linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Hitchens is terrified of Taylor because he has eluded defenders in space all game. He concedes so much ground to the quarterback that the first down is gained almost unopposed. This fear is justified because Taylor can break off huge gains on designed runs.

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In this play, Taylor again makes a good, quick decision in the read-option to cross the line of scrimmage, but it's after the line of scrimmage where he makes his biggest impact. Less intelligent runners will immediately run towards the sideline in this situation. Taylor doesn't do that. Taylor recognizes the blocking in front of him and presses the inside, forcing the cornerback to engage the tight end ahead of him. That tight end didn't even need to execute his block, Taylor forcing the cornerback to commit gave the quarterback the opportunity to turn back and escape around the outside unopposed. An extremely difficult first-and-17 becomes an ideal second-and-1.

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Not all designed runs are options. The Bills don't rely on designed runs but they do sprinkle them into the game plan. In the above play against the Tennessee Titans, the Bills were missing their top receivers and had struggled offensively throughout the first three quarters. A previous scramble from Taylor had set them up in scoring position, and Roman turned to a designed run so Taylor could escape to the second level. Taylor was met by one defender in the hole who he easily bent his run away from; he was then immediately met by a second defender, who he avoided with a jump cut. From there, the quarterback had the awareness to look for the sideline and the speed to reach the end zone.

Designed runs are safer than scrambles because the quarterback can't miss an opportunity downfield by dropping his eyes to run too early. Taylor is an extremely patient quarterback, to the point that it can get him in trouble. His patience makes him a reluctant runner, allowing him to search out open receivers downfield on a consistent basis.

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In the four plays above, Taylor reacts to the situation that develops in front of him. He hasn't decided that he is going to run immediately if his first read isn't there. This is an important evaluation to make, because one of the pitfalls of evaluating quarterbacks who can run is presuming that they are all the same. There are quarterbacks who can break off big gains and elude defenders in space, but they don't necessarily show off the awareness and patience with their eyes that Taylor does. Taylor is able to strike at the perfect time because he gives passing plays every opportunity before looking to run.

These plays aren't just window dressing. He does regularly find receivers downfield after the initial stage of the play.

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Against the Miami Dolphins on second-and-1, shown in the above GIF, Taylor is executing a straightforward bootleg play-action. He has one receiver underneath running parallel with him. That receiver is covered by a linebacker. He has another receiver running deep down the sideline, Sammy Watkins. Watkins was slow to release because of the underneath coverage, throwing off the timing of the play. Taylor is forced to hold the ball longer than intended because his intermediate crossing route, Charles Clay, is now running to a spot where Watkins and the left cornerback are. That cornerback is playing Cover-3, so he is the player the offense is targeting with this passing concept. As the timing of the play is thrown off downfield, Taylor is being pursued by two Dolphins defenders. As they close on him, he remains poised, showing off the correct posture to throw the ball comfortably and keeping his eyes downfield.

Taylor holds the ball just long enough for his tight end to uncover, but he knows he has to take a hit. The impending hit doesn't impact his mechanics as he delivers an accurate pass to Clay.

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One thing that potentially makes Taylor unique is his ability to throw while moving left. Over the course of this quarterback series, I've found that quarterbacks struggle significantly throwing down the left sideline. For example: Andrew Luck was accurate on 55.6 percent of his nine attempts that travelled 21-plus yards downfield and Aaron Rodgers hit just 31.8 percent of his 22 attempts. Taylor was accurate on 54.8 percent of his 31 attempts that travelled 21-plus yards downfield despite regularly attempting throws on the move such as the three shown above.

Making plays outside of the pocket is more valuable than the NFL realizes, but the foundation of any quarterback's success will be from the pocket. That is because NFL coaches design their offenses to function with the quarterback in the pocket. The pass protection and route combinations only work as designed if the quarterback delivers the ball from that specific spot. That doesn't mean you need to ask the quarterback to do exceptionally difficult or technical things to be effective from the pocket. Greg Roman's offense perfectly played to the strengths and weaknesses of Taylor's skill set.

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Tyrod Taylor Accuracy Chart, 2015
Yardage Within 5 6-15 16-25 26-plus
Outside Numbers Left 88.2% 34 72.7% 33 66.7% 18 52.2% 23
Outside Hashes Left 95.5% 44 87.5% 16 0.0% 1 25.0% 4
Between Hashes 100.0% 12 100.0% 9 100.0% 3 66.7% 3
Outside Hashes Right 90.0% 30 85.7% 14 33.3% 3 100.0% 1
Outside Numbers Right 85.7% 42 68.6% 35 60.0% 15 50.0% 16

The above chart reflects Taylor's accuracy for the season as a whole. Charting for the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue gave Taylor a 77.4 percent accuracy rate, ranking him 16th in the NFL. Considering how often he threw downfield, that ranking doesn't do his performances justice. It may be tough to see in the above chart, but the Bills built an offense that was focused on taking shots down both sidelines. The below chart offers a better visualization.

Taylor was essentially a rookie last season, so protecting him as a passer was always going to be a priority. Roman did this by crafting an offense that aggressively took shots downfield while almost completely avoiding the middle of the field on intermediate throws. Throwing outside is easier than attacking the middle of the field because you don't have lingering linebackers or safeties waiting to tighten windows or come from blind spots. In this offense, Taylor flourished. He ranked eighth in interceptable passes, throwing one every 34.6 attempts. Roman could afford to completely avoid intermediate throws because Taylor compensated by creating plays with his feet, and his deep ball was extremely impressive.

The former Baltimore Ravens backup has impressive arm talent. He can drop the ball on a dime from 50 yards away with relative ease.

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Over the second half of last season, Taylor showed off more comfort in the pocket, which allowed him to be more aggressive. This is what allowed Sammy Watkins to shine. Watkins and Taylor, as can be seen in the above GIFs, developed a rapport that allowed both players to thrive. Watkins can beat any defensive back in the league; he's the next in the line of great receivers to emerge. Combining him with a precision deep passer like Taylor and a scheme that encourages the quarterback to go deep should only elevate both players over the coming years. Watkins' and Taylor's connection on deep throws was a big reason the Bills ranked first in play-action effectiveness, something Sterling Xie wrote about on FO this week.

Roman deserves a lot of credit for how he worked with Taylor last year. Taylor deserves a huge amount of credit too, particularly for his poise in the pocket, especially when throwing against pressure.

The final aspect of the offense that Roman emphasized was route combinations. He didn't rely on isolation routes, Roman attacked a specific area of the field with multiple receivers on different levels. This allowed Taylor to show off his acumen in reading coverages without asking him to go through a progression from one sideline to the other.

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The Bills use stacked receivers a lot. Roman wants to keep his receivers together, so stacking them on top of each other makes sense. Even when they are not stacked on top of each other or in a three-man bunch, he will line them up tight to each other more often than most coordinators. In the above play against the Philadelphia Eagles, that tight alignment can be seen in the right slot, where Robert Woods and Charles Clay are. Clay leads Woods down the seam. Against this zone coverage, both receivers are being left to the lone deep safety. Clay takes the safety away from the middle of the field before Woods breaks behind him. Taylor was reading the deep safety and knows he can safely deliver the ball down the middle of the field to Woods. Had the defense played man coverage and neither Woods nor Clay been options, Taylor had LeSean McCoy running underneath into his line of vision for a check-down completion.

Making this coverage read isn't necessarily easy. It's more that the read itself doesn't require Taylor to move his body while he moves his brain. Regardless, he delivers the ball with timing and accuracy, even if Woods falls over after catching it.

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Signs exist that suggest Taylor can take on a more expansive passing game next season. In the above play against Washington, Taylor holds the deep safety with his eyes against the Tampa-2 coverage. With perfect timing, he brings his eyes away from the deep safety to read the outside cornerback. If the cornerback stays outside, he can hit his inside receiver. If the cornerback jumps inside like expected, Taylor has the arm talent to take advantage of the safety's held positioning for a first down. As he regularly was during his rookie season, John Miller was beaten quickly on the play so Taylor had a blocker arriving in his lap as he released the ball. The defender pushing Miller back hit him low after the ball had been released.

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None of that bothered Taylor as he remained poised and executed the play perfectly... from the pocket.

Expecting Taylor to develop much past who he is right now is unrealistic. He may have only started for one year, but he will be 27 years old before the start of this season. Taylor was forced to waste the early stages of his career as a backup because of his style of play. The narrative that he took major strides forward is tough to swallow because he was showing off the traits that are the foundation of his skill set right now back during his first preseason in the league. What should be comforting to Bills fans is that he doesn't need to develop any further to be a quality starting quarterback. He can be an above-average starter so long as his athleticism remains close to where it was in 2015.


27 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2016, 3:31pm

#1 by timeforchange // Jul 07, 2016 - 2:09pm

Tyrod frequently look incapable of being an NFL passer in his first preseason, and pretty much every preseason thereafter in Baltimore.

And in his initial meaningful game action in a meaningless game in Cincy in 2012, he looked atrocious.

This is all supported by the tame market for his services when he was a free agent.

I find it hard to believe you spotted his potential in the preseason of 2011. As such, any comments directed to him flashing in 2011 seem biased by 2015.

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#2 by Cian Fahey // Jul 07, 2016 - 3:05pm


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#3 by timeforchange // Jul 07, 2016 - 3:39pm

Win some, lose some

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#13 by timeforchange // Jul 08, 2016 - 6:43am

Because it's better to just blindly swallow whatever someone at Football Outsiders says?

The same analysis that Cian used to lay a foundation for Tannehill being a great QB is the same used in this Film Room series.

If he's going to take credit on calling Tyrod he needs to take lumps on Tannehill. It can't all be roses.

But I don't expect the lemmings here to give any weight to anything that strikes against the product offered up here.

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#25 by nath // Jul 13, 2016 - 3:46am

Or just because it's completely off topic as to whether or not Cian was right about Taylor from an early point in his career.

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#11 by Pen // Jul 07, 2016 - 11:53pm

There are many factors that go into the success or failure of any given QB in the NFL. A big part of the blame/credit goes to a coaching staff that uses their QB correctly and gets the most out of them through training and scheme.

How you view the play of Tannehill is irrelevant to what his potential was at the time of Cian's writing.

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#14 by timeforchange // Jul 08, 2016 - 6:58am

It's not irrelevant to me. Because when I read his articles and comments, I come away with the opinion that some QBs get the kid gloves treatment and generally escape criticism, while others are cast down in the mud, with not a single positive being discussed.

If the analysis is going to be through the lens of the degree of sympathy and/or admiration for a particular QB, it's going to skew the narrative. The facts will be construed in the most positive light for some and in the most negative for others, based on the authors personal stance.

If that's the case, the series should just be called "Why I like/don't like this QB"

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#15 by Cian Fahey // Jul 08, 2016 - 8:26am

For someone who despises my work you sure as hell read a lot of it!

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#17 by Noahrk // Jul 08, 2016 - 11:29am

The impression I get is you're upset because Cian didn't like your favorite QB (Flacco, is it?). Possibly this is compounded by a nagging suspicion that he's right.

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#21 by timeforchange // Jul 10, 2016 - 8:26am

I'll believe what I see before I believe a website writer.

In the real world I've seen Flacco throw 24 TDs to 4 INTs since 2010 in the playoffs. That matters to me.

In the real world I saw Tyrod coddled by a run heavy offense with an elite WR. That matters to me.

In the real world I saw Bridgewater unable or unwilling to challenge teams deep. That matters to me.

In the real world I saw Tannehill be surrounded by Cameron, Stills, Parker, and Landry, and still do nothing of meaning. That matters to me.

When Cians analysis start reflecting those real world results that I see, maybe his work will be more worthwhile to me. Until then, I disagree with him more often than not.

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#22 by Kaelik // Jul 10, 2016 - 9:46am

"In the real world I've seen Flacco throw 24 TDs to 4 INTs since 2010 in the playoffs. That matters to me."

In the real world, I've selected an arbitrary selection of the best games someone has had that excludes all the seasons he sucked, and is a really small sample size, and basically a fluke, to selectively declare him great. That matters to me.

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#23 by Noahrk // Jul 10, 2016 - 10:54am

In the real world I see the things the way I want to see them and call them the real world. That matters to me. But it doesn't matter to the real world.

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#4 by MJK // Jul 07, 2016 - 4:20pm

I think there's an explanation of why teams seem to prefer mediocre pocket passers to mediocre running QB's. It's a matter of supply. There are a lot more startable but not starting caliber pocket passers out there than running QB's.

If you want to do what the Panthers or Seahawks have done--design an offense specifically to take advantage of your QB's athleticism--then you also need to find an athletic backup QB with a similar skill set to your starter, or else if your starter goes down you'll have to throw a good portion of your entire offense out. Similarly, if you have a quality pocket passer, a poor pocket passer who makes up for it with athleticism isn't going to be a very good backup for him, because his skills don't fit the offense the other 12 or so starters have been practicing all season.

In other words, the Panthers don't really want to be backing up Cam Newton with 2001 Tom Brady, and the Packers or Patriots don't want to be backing up Rodgers or Brady with 2011 Tim Tebow. But there are a lot more mediocre pocket passers out there than mediocre but startable athletic QBs.

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#6 by Scott C // Jul 07, 2016 - 5:59pm

I don't buy it.

As I believe an indianapolis coach said about what if P. Manning were injured: "We don't practice 'f'd'".

Your argument holds if your QB is mediocre. If they are great, you do what is best for them and don't worry too much about what happens if he is injured. Sure, maybe you try and find a QB that is similar, but the fact is that you CAN NOT replace a great QB. A mediocre pocket passer isn't going to replace Brady, Rivers, Rodgers, Luck, etc.

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#7 by Thomas_beardown // Jul 07, 2016 - 6:19pm

In 2013 the Packers won the NFCN because they were able to acquire Matt Flynn midseason who was able to come in and win two games. They finished .5 games ahead of the Bears.

The 2000 Rams went 2-3 with Trent Green replacing Warner and got a wild card spot finishing one game head of the Packers and Lions.

The 1985 49ers won the single game Matt Cavanaugh started, they got a wildcard over the Redskins who had the same record.

Just last year Andrew Luck was in fact replaced with a mediocre passer by the name of Matt Hasselbeck who went 5-3 and they missed the playoffs by one game.

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#26 by nath // Jul 13, 2016 - 3:47am

I'm starting to think there might be plenty such athletic QBs available as backups, given that few teams in the NFL seem to want them.

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#5 by Soulless Merch… // Jul 07, 2016 - 4:21pm

God, I love "Film Room."

This piece goes over what Taylor does well, then concludes with an admonition that Bills' fans shouldn't expect much further development. In what areas does Taylor need development?

Per the piece, his avoidance of the intermediate-range middle of the field is likely the result of the coaches' accounting for his inexperience rather than his inability. Is it likely that he'll throw in that area more going forward, or can you have a good career mostly avoiding that area?

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#8 by eagle97a // Jul 07, 2016 - 10:16pm

He would need to hit those intermediate routes in the middle in the future if he wants his career to move forward. Those short and intermediate routes are the bread and butter of all serviceable stating caliber NFL qbs. He does have the skill set to do it, its just a matter of game planning and experience, excited about Tyrods' future prospects.

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#9 by Pen // Jul 07, 2016 - 10:45pm

I remember seeing an almost identical chart showing that Russell Wilson throws almost entirely down each sideline and hardly ever down the middle. That changed somewhat last season, but not a lot. Same Niners OC that did the same thing with Kap. Tyrod is much better than Kap. He didn't start for Baltimore because they didn't know how to use him. Have they ever had a great offense? mediocre.

Buffalo must have looked shiny and chrome by comparison. The guy thrived in a system not unlike what Russell Wilson thrives in. He has the same upsides, including an ability to keep his eyes downfield. He's faster, but not as accurate a passer. He's just about as elusive.

They are very much alike and so something about their style of play results in those sideline passes. maybe it's part of the scheme? Could be the way the coaches want it. Could be just part of having mobile QB's. It will be interesting to watch as other mobile QB's get implemented correctly into the NFL if they also show that same trend.

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#18 by Bogmer // Jul 08, 2016 - 3:39pm

I'm a Bills fan so I watched all of the BIlls games. I don't think that Russell Wilson is as elusive as Tyrod and Wilson will slide when the hit is coming. They are both about the same in accuracy and I am telling you this because it's the truth. Tyrod puts the ball where he wants it to be and he is faster.

If I had to chose between both of them I would take Wilson over Tyrod and it's not because of talent or decision making or anything like that. Wilson has won games where the other sideline where celebrating in the 3rd quarter. That Playoff game against the Packers comes to mind or that "fail"mary game. There's a lot of those games too. Tyrod doesn't have that or he hasn't shown that. Same with Rodgers really he isn't the type of QBs that wins a lot of close games.

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#12 by RobotBoy // Jul 08, 2016 - 3:20am

I was afraid of Taylor before but now I'm REALLY afraid of him.

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#19 by Bogmer // Jul 08, 2016 - 3:52pm

I've watched Tyrod play last season and he has a Riffle of an arm and has the wheels to go with it. That last Dolphins play I remember it quite well. If you watch the NFL Network's top 100 clip of Watkins you will see it on there. Watkins beat Grimes off the press and had his arm up right away. That ball was perfect too.

Taylor also has to be top 10 in the league in arm strength and he can throw it where he wants it. He has an incredible fastball too that he showed once or twice last year.

That last game of the season meant nothing for the Bills and EVERYTHING for the Jets. Tyrod to Sammy was prevalent and the Jets where not able to stop them. That was in the cold in the Ralph. I haven't seen anything like it since Jim Kelly.

As for not throwing in the middle. Most of the time when Tyrod started to gun it the defence was playing a 8 man Box. When you have a guy like Watkins you throw to him deep when he is singled up and he did that a lot.

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#20 by Lebo // Jul 09, 2016 - 7:36am

wrt not throwing it down the middle, I was wondering if this is schematic; i.e. by requiring the defenders to defend the sidelines the running lanes for either the RBs or Taylor himself will open up.

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#24 by Mike B. In Va // Jul 11, 2016 - 4:56pm

Given what I saw in SF, I think it is. It will be interesting to see what unfolds this year given Taylor's comfort in the system and a hopefully healthy McCoy.

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#27 by cjfarls // Jul 14, 2016 - 3:31pm

I only really saw 2 Bills games where Tyrod played last year, but came away very impressed. And his running had nothing to do with it. He's patient but decisive in the pocket, and has a of arm talent... his throws go where he wants at NFL velocities. He looks like the real deal back there.

We'll see if he can add those intermediate/deep seam and deep crossing throws, but if so, BUF has a lot to look forward to (assuming the TweedleDee/Dumb coaching brothers don't implode the rest of the team).

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