If Tom Brady doesn't drive across the country, the chargers have a quarterback option that is much closer to their home.
Days after Chargers officially separated from longtime quarterback Philip Rivers, head coach Anthony Lynn spoke very highly of 30-year-old backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
"Tyrod Taylor is a fucking quarterback," Lynn told AM 570 LA Sports via ESPN. "We couldn't have a better backup right now, and now he has the chance to take on a star role."
The Virginia Tech product was selected by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent four years supporting Joe Flacco before signing with the Bills in 2015. He was instantly named a starter, but was plagued by injuries in 2017 and eventually sold to the Browns in March 2018.
Taylor signed a two-year, $ 11 million contract with the Chargers prior to last season and was reunited with Lynn, who was fired from 2015 to 2016 as a deputy head coach, then offensive coordinator and interim coach at Rex's Bills coaching team.
"I've had Tyrod before [in Buffalo]and I know what this young man brings to the table in passing and running, ”said Lynn. “There are some people who can win out of their pockets, but if you look around the league, most of these people are mobile quarterbacks who can move. … So this is just the world we are in right now – you can do more and be up to date [with a mobile quarterback], "
The chargers are closely linked to Brady, who will make free choice for the first time in his career on March 18. The patriots remain the favorite to keep Brady, but the location of the chargers in Los Angeles and the potential contender status have contributed to the rumor mill's fat.
Taylor appeared in eight games during the mop-up this year, completing four of six passes with a touchdown. Lynn specifically praised the low-revenue percentages of his backup. Taylor had only six sales in 2017 when he most recently acted as a starter. Taylor's efforts helped the Bills make their first appearance after the season in 18 years.
“One of the things he does very well is taking care of football. I think every year when he starts in this league he's the No. 1 quarterback who takes care of football. I believe that more games are lost than won. So if we can just take care of football and take it away, we're fine, ”said Lynn.
Rivers ended the 2019 season with 20 interceptions behind just Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield for most in the league.
The team announced on February 10th that they had separated from their long-time starter.
"We looked at a lot of things with Phil and where he was in his career," said Lynn. "And Phil also had a say. We agreed to split up. And we couldn't have made it nobler or better. My conversation with Phil was one of the best I have had with him, I can tell you.
"I am a big fan of his. And if he decides to continue playing, I will choose this young man and [his wife] Tiffany; You are two special people. But it was just time. It happens. Brett Favre left Green Bay. Joe Montana left the 49ers. Peyton Manning left Indy. It happens, ”said Lynn.