Nathan Peterman is clearly not a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, but don’t tell that to Bills coach Sean McDermott.
Nathan Peterman has now made three NFL starts. In one of them, his passer rating literally would have been better if his interceptions and the return yardage by the opposing team had counted for him. The second took place in a snowstorm, so he gets a mulligan for that effort (5-for-10 for 57 yards and a touchdown).
But things reached a new low in the third start, Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens in a 47-3 season-opening loss. Peterman went 5-for-18 for 24 yards with two interceptions while taking three sacks before he was mercifully pulled in favor of rookie Josh Allen in the third quarter.
Peterman posted a Blutarsky-esque 0.0 passer rating on Sunday. Allen wasn’t dramatically better, completing 6 of 15 passes for 74 yards while absorbing three more sacks behind a deficient offensive line.
But when asked about a starting quarterback for Week 2, Bills head coach Sean McDermott would not commit to benching Peterman.
Then there’s this nugget.
McDermott’s sentiment about there being plenty of blame to go around in the second-worst loss in Bills’ franchise history is correct. But Peterman is clearly overmatched right now, and the team has little or no chance to win when he’s playing. The idea of having “I’s to dot” and “T’s to cross” invites a literal, four-letter profane written assessment of Sunday’s performance.
The Bills play the Los Angeles Chargers at home next Sunday. The venue will be different, but the opponent will be the same as Peterman’s aforementioned first NFL start. He had five first half interceptions in that Week 11 game before being benched in favor of Tyrod Taylor in a loss that would have cost the team a playoff spot if not for some good fortune in Week 17.
The way things are looking, the Bills will have no such problems regarding a push for playoff spot this year.