Meiler: McDermott goes out on a limb with Peterman

Sean McDermott is putting the process to the ultimate test.

The first-year head coach sent shockwaves throughout the NFL on Wednesday when he announced that rookie Nathan Peterman, a fifth-round draft pick, would be taking over for Tyrod Taylor as the Bills’ starting quarterback this Sunday against the Chargers in Los Angeles.

While no one is surprised to see Peterman starting a game this season, the timing was shocking with the Bills sitting at 5-4 and currently holding a Wild Card playoff spot.

There’s tons to talk about stemming from the switch. Did Taylor get a fair shot? Does Peterman really give the Bills a better chance to win now, or is he in to be evaluated?

Let’s start with the most important:

McDermott does what he wants

My biggest takeaway? Sean McDermott is not encumbered by what is commonplace in the NFL.

The Bills are 5-4 and hanging on to the final playoff spot in the AFC. They have four winnable games (at L.A. Chargers, vs. Indianapolis, vs. Miami and at Miami), and 9-7 might be enough to sneak into the playoffs during a down year in the conference and end a 17-year playoff drought.

No one would question McDermott for sticking with Taylor as long as a playoff berth is attainable.

At the same time, it’s important to remember what the Bills were supposed to be this year, and how they got to where

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