Sean McDermott made a change at quarterback, benching Nathan Peterman in favor or rookie Josh Allen ahead of their Week 2 showdown with the Chargers.
Here are four notable quotes from the head coach after announcing the decision:
Q: How permanent is this move?
A: I’m not going to get into how permanent this is, guys. Again, you’ve got to understand where I’m coming from; it’s the right move for our football team. I’m not going any further than that. It’s the right move for our team. I have confidence in Josh, I have confidence in this football team, and it’s the right move for our team.
Q: How prepared do you think (Josh Allen) is for this?
A: He’s prepared, he will be prepared. I don’t think he is prepared yet, but it’s a natural progression throughout the week. He will be prepared. At the end of the day, he’s a young player; we keep that all in mind, manage expectations and know that we embrace that growth mindset. There’s going to be some challenges, some adversity, and you keep learning as you go and embrace that. I think we all do that here; I embrace that and there are a lot of lessons that I’ve learned from the game the other day that we’ve got to make some adjustments [to]. He’s going to have to make some adjustments as he goes as well.
Q: To follow up on that specific point, because I know after the game, you pointed to yourself and how you prepared this team from the top [down]. Looking back, how do you feel like you developed the quarterback situation heading into last week and then having to make this change? Do you feel you misjudged the quarterback position at the beginning of the season?
Q: Why not? It certainly looks that way from where we sit?
A: Listen, I felt like it, just like this, was the right move. I’ll take that to my grave; that’s how I felt about it. I’m always going to try and make the right move for our football team. Sometimes it’s going to work out, sometimes it’s not. I stand by it as a leader; I stand by those that work out and the ones that don’t.
Q: Sean, how concerned are you with how this decision affects Nathan moving forward, now that he’s been named the starter twice, failed to play the entire game, and then replaced the following week?
A: Again, [he’s] a young player. He’s going through some challenges, and certainly I acknowledge that, Nate would acknowledge it as well. There’s been some good moments. I know there’s been some moments certainly that we all would like to have back. I expect that he’ll learn from those moments and continue to grow and move forward.