Tyrod Taylor has heard it all. As elusive as he is, and as many times as he’s likened to a magician outside of the pocket, his critics will only see the deficiencies in his game. Naysayers are nothing new for the Hampton, Va., native, just more nonbelievers in a string of doubters who threatened to derail his journey to the pros. But to understand Taylor, you must know this: He isn’t wasting energy trying to convince you that he belongs. He already knows it. Outsiders assumed the Bills would tank in 2017. Instead, they had their best start since 2011. But even with a 3-2 record in a wide-open AFC East, questions still linger about Taylor being the right fit for the franchise. “When we win, everything’s great,” he said, flashing a smile during a sit-down interview with The News at the team facility. “When we lose, they want to crucify me. So, if I let my emotions get tied into that, I’d be a nervous wreck.” This is the Tyrod Taylor you don’t see. Uncensored. Unfiltered. He always has been reserved, an only child who grew up to be more of a listener than a talker. To some, he may seem standoffish. But in truth, he’s just guarded. His inner circle is compact by design. The lack of emotion he displays for the cameras is calculated. Essentially, Taylor’s public persona is an incomplete picture of the man he truly is: a goofy jokester with a big heart, a caring spirit and a work ethic so intense it inspires his teammates to be better. Those closest to the 28-year-old will always have access to the real him, while the rest of us will be kept at arm’s length. But on the Tuesday morning of the Bills' bye week, Taylor was willing to make an exception.
Tyrod Taylor unfiltered: 'When we win, everything's great. When we lose, they want to crucify me.'
Buffalo News | Oct 15