Quarterback Tyrod Taylor
Q: What do you leave here feeling tonight?
A: Disappointed. Obviously, the goal is always to win. We came up short of that today, but yeah, disappointed.
Q: Can you explain what happened at the end of the first half?
A: Yeah, it was a decision, looking back on it, definitely shouldn't have made. Alerted to a run, thought I saw a look that was beneficial for us, and it wasn't the right call. That falls on me, as a quarterback, as a leader, as the one that's communicating everything to everyone – got to be better in that situation.
Q: Did you think you would have time to spike it?
A: Yeah, I did. But yeah ultimately, I should have just let the play on and shouldn't have alerted it.
Q: Do you think with the young guys, the offensive line, some new guys in there that everybody didn't realize that you had to spike it after the run?
A: I don't think age, the amount of years, the guys that were up there playing their butts off mattered in that situation. I think to give ourselves a better chance in that situation, the original play should have been left on and I don't think we are here talking about it right now.
Q: The original play being what?
A: It was a pass play.
Q: Pass play to anybody in particular?
A: No, it's always – I mean multiple guys out in routes, it wasn't anyone in particular in that situation.
Q: How about on the very last play of the game? Talk about that.
A: I think it was a good call. Give one of our better playmakers a chance to make a play and we didn't execute it as well as we should've. They made a great play, hats off to them.
Q: There was some thought on the broadcast that you should have got another play after that, that it should have been interference.
A: Yeah, I never get into what calls should be made or what shouldn't be made. It's our job to go out there and play. You are going to get calls that aren't called throughout the game, but, yeah, it's tough to go out on that one, especially when we did as much to get down there in that situation. We would like to come out with a win in that.
Q: Was his (inaudible) maybe disengage? I mean, you want to throw a jump ball there, you want to throw it up.
A: For sure. If you are saying if he was not able to disengage, then I think you are answering your own question.
Q: I mean did you think when you let the ball go that it has a chance there?
A: I think in that situation we always talk about on the back end of line to give guys a higher ball, give them a chance to jump. Could have been a better ball. Like I said we tried to get one of our best playmakers the opportunity to make a play in that situation and we didn't execute, and it starts with me.
Q: What was it like back there? You guys have had so many different offensive line combinations…
A: The pocket was calm. I mean, they obviously, those guys have done a great job. When I say those guys, I'm speaking of Buffalo. They've done a great job of creating pressure all year, ranking high in sacks and just creating turnovers. I think the offensive line did a great job of battling today, regardless of who was out there. I know we had an injury with (offensive lineman Joshua) Ezeudu, hopefully he's okay and it's not serious. Those guys have done a great job of battling, play in and play out all day against a very good front. Hats off to them. They were a main reason why we were able to put ourselves in a position at the end to possibly win.
Q: Does this loss hurt any more knowing that it was against a team that moved on from you?
A: Any loss hurts. As a competitor, when you lace up the cleats, you want to go out there and win and you want to show what you can do. Whether or not it hurts more because it's Buffalo, I wouldn't say that. I think it always—for me, it hurts because I'm the one that touched the ball every play and you have so much that you could do to affect the game, and ultimately, we didn't come away with the win. I'm actually going to be more critical of myself in these times as I always have and find out what I could do to be better and what we could do to be better as an offense.
Q: You hadn't started a game in a long time. Did you prove anything to yourself tonight?
A: No, I know what I'm capable of doing. I never doubted that. I've always had confidence in myself and what I could do. It's not an individual game; it's a team game. I'm proud of the way the guys came out and played on both sides of the ball, and special teams as well. We gave ourselves a chance to win at the end of the day, and we didn't come away with it. But yeah, I didn't surprise myself at all. I may have surprised some other people, but I didn't surprise myself.
Q: Did the Bills have scheme-wise anything that fooled you? You seemed really comfortable with and had a good knowledge of what they were going to come at you with.
A: It was pretty much true to what they showed on film. Obviously, practicing against (Bills Head) Coach (Sean) McDermott's defense and 17 (Bills quarterback Josh Allen) for a year and just watching them over the years, and just film prep and studying throughout the week, their game plan was pretty true to what we saw. We were able to take advantage of some things, and some things we didn't do as well. I think we also made some good corrections at halftime. When we came out in the third quarter, we ran the ball better. Like I said, ultimately, we gave ourselves a chance. Just didn't come down with the win.
Q: Do you have any sense of what this next week is going to be for you, or is just more wait-and-see?
A: I have no idea. Like I told you guys earlier in the week, my mindset never changes. I come into the building each and every day challenging myself to be better, preparing as a starter. Whatever happens, happens. Obviously, DJ (quarterback Daniel Jones) is the captain of our team, leader on our offense and our team as well, too. Wish him recovery in everything that he's going through, but if it's me, then obviously I'm stepping up to the plate, putting my best foot forward and leading the guys, and if it's not me, then I'm still in that same position supporting him and doing whatever I can do to help better this team.