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Whaley: Taylor’s tutelage with Ravens critical

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 9:14 am

Tyrod Taylor and his coaches have talked about the value of the football education he received during his first four years in the league as the backup to Joe Flacco in Baltimore under coordinators like Jim Caldwell, Cam Cameron and Gary Kubiak. Bills GM Doug Whaley took the value of Taylor’s four years of learning a step further.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley, who scouted Taylor in preparation for the 2011 NFL draft, said had it not been for Taylor’s four years of development he might not be the starting QB for Buffalo in 2015.

“I did look at him when he was coming out,” said Whaley. “Tremendous athlete, strong arm, but needed time to develop the intricacies of being a passer. The ability to sit in the pocket and let a play develop and not be so quick to tuck it and run and use his God-given athletic ability to get him out of trouble.

“With him being able to sit behind a pocket passer like Joe Flacco it helped him tremendously. If he had to come in and start as a rookie, I’m not sure he’s here today or in this league today. His path is different from a lot of other people’s paths, but his path groomed him to show what he could do as a starting quarterback in this league.”

Whaley said the time spent learning in the Baltimore system also prepared him to handle the package plays that Greg Roman puts on his quarterback’s plate.

“Greg Roman puts a lot on our quarterbacks with the leeway to check out of plays,” said Whaley. “It puts a lot of onus on a quarterback and his ability to decipher not only coverages, but diagnose blitzes and run blitzes. This guy has sat behind a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl-winning quarterback and studied under Joe Flacco and has had four years to develop that kind of (football) acumen to have that type of ability. We’re excited that he’s brought that here and he hasn’t shown any problem with doing that, so we’re excited about what he can do mentally and the physical ability is obvious.”

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