Seahawks give Tyrod Taylor high praise

November 16, 2016
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It is hard to argue against the Seattle Seahawks being one of the top defenses in the National Football League over the past five seasons. However, the Buffalo Bills went to Seattle last Monday night and put up 425 yards of total offense in their loss on Monday Night Football.

Although the Bills fell short to the Seahawks, Seattle was impressed with the play of quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

"If there's any debate about the quarterbacking future of Tyrod Taylor, stop," ESPN's John Clayton said about what some Seahawks players said of Taylor after last Monday's game with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog on Wednesday. "They said he was as hard to handle as a running quarterback as anything they've seen. They just raved about him. They said he was a supreme challenge, he was good, he's gained their respect. Remember, this is a defense and a team who will rip you. If they don't like you, if you're Michael Crabtree, if you're Colin Kaepernick, they will rip you. They will give you their honest opinion. They came out with high reviews of Tyrod Taylor."

Taylor threw for 289 yards in the air with a touchdown and an interception that night. On the ground, Taylor ran the ball eight times for 43 yards and found the endzone on the first offensive play for the Bills.

Through nine games this season, Taylor has thrown for 1,769 yards, 10 touchdowns, three interceptions, and is 60.4-percent on his completions. Taylor has rushed for 362 yards and has already matched last year's total for touchdowns with four.

Although his second-year stats are down compared to last year, Clayton believes that Taylor is still growing as Buffalo's starting quarterback.

"I think you're seeing good respect that's starting to be there, and this is only Tyrod's second year," Clayton said. "You still need the luxury of letting him grow, and I think he grew a lot in that game against Seattle."

Taylor signed a long-term contract extension with the Bills before the start of the regular season. Taylor's deal was worth $90 million over the course of five seasons, with an increase of pay this season worth over $9.7 million. Taylor's contract also comes with a club option before the 2017 season if the team wishes to terminate his contract.

There has been rumors and speculation that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could be playing for a new team come next season with the emergence of rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott. The Bills have been brought up in discussions as a team that could possibly target Romo if he is available for the taking during the offseason.

Even with the possibility of Romo being available, Clayton believes that the Bills should stick with youth and continue to ride Taylor in the future.

"You don't want to get older at quarterback. You want to get younger and better," Clayton said. "If you let Tyrod Taylor go, you don't know if that next hit will knock out Tony Romo for his career. He's missed so many games over the past three years... He went to Seattle, and the first hit in the preseason on him he's out for 10 weeks automatically. He's got a bad back, he's had a broken collarbone twice. He may be right physically towards the end of his career. So do you want to take a chance somebody who's at the end or somebody who you can build on and grow. It's still just a matter of working the talent around Tyrod Taylor. I think right now you keep him, but who's making the decisions? Is there going to be a change at coach? Is there going to be a change at general manager? My read is that's not going to happen now. I think both guys are safe, and if both guys are safe, I think you stick with Taylor."

You can re-listen to Clayton's interview with Schopp and the Bulldog below:


Clayton is a weekly guest, every Wednesday on WGR at 5:30 p.m. Next week, Clayton will join Schopp and the Bulldog on Tuesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.