Nathan Peterman: You don’t have to have a long memory to recall Peterman’s start for the Bills.
It was just last season. In case you forgot the circumstances surrounding his five-pick debut, let me remind you it was not an emergency move by the Bills. No, they decided, at 5-4 and in the middle of a playoff chase, to hand over starting duties a rookie fifth-round pick JUST BECAUSE.
Head coach Sean McDermott never seemed to take a liking to incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor from his first day in Buffalo. Why? Who knows. All Taylor had done prior to McDermott’s arrival was throw 37 touchdowns and just 12 picks, with a 94.2 rating and 10 rushing touchdowns, in 29 starts for the Bills the two season prior.
I don’t regret my decision, he said after the 54-24 loss to the Chargers. I regret the result … This is in part about winning now and in part about winning in the future.
OK, as much fun as we’re having at McDermott’s expense, it’s not what I set out to do here. (Besides, with Peterman AJ McCarron and Josh Allen on the roster, we’ll have plenty more chances to snicker at Buffalo’s quarterback play.)
Winner: Though the record book says they’re tied, Peterman is the most notable of the two quarterbacks with the most interceptions in their debut as a starting quarterback. He only lasted one half, and should’ve never been in there in the first place.
Only three other players — Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Lamar Miller — have active streaks of even four seasons. So the earliest it could even theoretically be broken is 2025, if Brown can top 1,200 every single year from his age-30 season thru his age-37 season. Good luck, AB.
The other remarkable part of this streak is the fact that it didn’t come to an end in 2010. In the 49ers’ 11th game that year, a Monday nighter in the desert, Gore broke his hip in the first quarter, costing him the final 36.1 percent of the season. But for Frank Gore, 63.9 percent of the season was enough. He’d already reached that 1,200 mark, clearing the way to propel his streak of immortality forward for another seven years.
It’ll surely come to an end in 2018 as Gore enters the twilight of his career and settles into a reserve role with the Dolphins behind Kenyan Drake. But you’ll have plenty of time to appreciate Gore’s record — it’ll be around for the rest of your life.
Strahan shouldn’t own the single-season sack record, so someone please break it.