Tyrod Taylor: Questions about future don't affect me


After a 10-minute news conference, Tyrod Taylor had had enough.

The Buffalo Bills quarterback walked away from the podium Wednesday with a dismissive "I'm done talking" after persistent questions about his recent play.

The Bills own the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense (161.9 rush yards per game) and the last-ranked passing offense (181.5 pass YPG).

As the man tasked with throwing the ball in the Bills' offense, Taylor has taken heat for his uneven play.

"I've taken everything that y'all have stood up here and asked me right on the chest," he said, via the Buffalo News. "It doesn't affect me emotionally or physically. I take it every week, so whatever y'all want to blame, I'll take that. Like I said, my job is to get the team into a position where we can win on Sundays. Can I be better, yes. But it doesn't just take me, it's a collective effort out there on the field each and every Sunday."

Here are some of the negative stats, per NFL Research:

Taylor has regressed as a passer from last season:
2016: 60.6 comp pct, 191.0 pass YPG, 11 TD, 5 INT, 84.6 passer rating
2015: 63.7 comp pct, 216.8 pass YPG, 20 TD, 6 INT, 99.4 passer rating

Taylor is averaging 191.0 pass YPG (3rd-fewest among 32 qualified QBs). Only Colin Kaepernick (180.5) and Cody Kessler (171.1) average fewer.

Taylor has fewer than 200 passing yards in 8 of 12 games this season -- Fewer than 300 pass yards in each of his 26 career starts.

The organizational frustration with the quarterback's passing struggles could mean the team decides not to pick up the $27 million option for next year.

The normally loquacious Rex Ryan has gone mum on his quarterback, saying he's "pleased" with Taylor but going no further on his evaluation of the struggling passer's future.

Despite Sunday's devastating loss to the Raiders, which put the Bills behind the eight ball for a playoff spot, Taylor said he wouldn't stop battling until eliminated from contention.

"In this league, you get judged on wins and losses, and we still have a chance to get to where we set our goal, (which) was to get to the playoffs at the beginning of the year," he said. "We still have a realistic chance of getting there, so whatever it takes to get there, that's what I'm on board for."

If the Bills fail in their comeback bid, the clock will start on a decision about Taylor's future.