Buffalo Bills fans launch GoFundMe to get QB Nathan Peterman to retire

Buffalo Bills fans launch GoFundMe to get QB Nathan Peterman to retire
Josh Allen anxious to return from elbow injury
Someone found the snarkiest way possible to blast Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman: by  starting a GoFundMe with the title Nathan Peterman Please Retire. The photo on the page touts Peterman as defensive player of the week. Thats cruel.

Peterman has been ripped often for his play. The Bears scored two defensive touchdowns, including a Peterman pick-six, before the Bills even got on the board last week (hence the defensive player of the year wisecrack). Peterman, who famously threw five picks in the first half of his first start last year against the Chargers, has an impossibly low 32.5 career passer rating. George Chahrouri of Pro Football Focus noted that spiking the ball into the ground every play gives you a rating of 39.6.

The goal of the GoFundMe was $1 million. And, 31 people over the first two days had actually contributed $182. Only $999,818 to go!

Share Share Theres a double standard at the quarterback position. Nathan Peterman is the latest example. tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email If one watches even a quarter of what quarterback Nathan Peterman does, its clear he is not good at his job. Hes played four games this year for the Buffalo Bills, losing every one and throwing seven interceptions along the way. Yet, he remains the starter in Buffalo following a slew of injuries at the position. The Bills believe they are left no choice but to play Peterman, even though qualified players remain unemployed in free agency.

Among the best contributors (well go ahead and assume the actual people werent giving $5 at a time for Peterman to retire): Flutie Flakes, Vontae Davis (the Bills cornerback who retired at halftime in Week 1), Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, Bills coach Sean McDermott, and fellow Bills quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Josh Allen.

This week Peterman played for the entirety of a game for the first time in his career. He threw 49 times for less than 200 yards, notching three interceptions. Hes now thrown so many interceptions he owns the record for the most in the Super Bowl era from a player with 100 or fewer professional attempts. Following the game, Petermans lasting appearance in Buffalo was questioned by one of the last black men to play quarterback for the Bills — E.J. Manuel, a consistently maligned former first-round selection.

EJ Manuel gave $5 (again, probably not really Manuel …. well, maybe). Colin Kaepernick donated $10, but hes always been quite charitable.

This isnt the only time Manuel has been vocal about the disparity. In 2016, he went further in describing the differences between black and white quarterback play. The leash isnt as long [as white quarterbacks], Manuel told SB Nation. You have to take advantage of those opportunities when you get them. People are always a little critical toward [black quarterbacks] but it comes with the territory.

It seems Peterman could get another start. Allen returned to practice but on a limited basis and the Bills wont rush him back from an elbow injury. Anderson is still in the concussion protocol. Peterman hasnt been good, but at least hes upright.

It has been a rough year in Buffalo. Their offense has been called perhaps the worst ever, or at least in a long time. People have wondered if Peterman is the worst starting quarterback ever, and in terms of passer rating he is. Fans booed loudly after the Bears second defensive touchdown last week.

At least one Bills fan is still able to laugh about it. Though, his or her GoFundMe to get Peterman to retire might not really be that much of a joke.

If it is believed that the black athlete is incapable of performing at a coveted, well-paid position, then black play at the position will always have a cap. Such an environment is even more egregious during the Colin Kaepernick era, in which black athletes have used their platforms to fight against the horrors of racial injustice at the cost of their careers.

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Yet none of this is revolutionary. The American understanding of blackness under center has always been one of chance; perhaps theyll be good enough to play the position, but itll come as a surprise. Its the erroneous notion that an intellectual wall keeps the black quarterback from athletic glory.

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Peterman has 12 interceptions in eight games played. In 31 games, Manuel had 16. In Manuels last 16 starts he boasts 3,170 pass yards, 17 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions — numbers that are nearly identical to Dak Prescotts. At the very least, Manuel played like a NFL starting quarterback.

Josh Allen received limited reps at practice on Wednesday as the Buffalo Bills quarterback continues to rehab the elbow injury that has sidelined him the past three games.

"I felt the last two games I played in I was playing good football, putting the ball where it needed to be and making the right decisions," he said. "Keeping the ball out of harms way and we saw ourselves win against the Titans and we were in the game late against Houston. Things were just starting to slow down for me, so Im anxious to get back out there and see if that can continue. With the help of (offensive coordinator Brian) Daboll and (Derek Anderson) and the guys we have in the room I think it will."

The Bills are in a precarious situation. On the one hand, Allen needs as many reps as possible, and he gives Buffalo the best chance to win. On the flip side, putting him behind a poor offensive line with limited weapons before hes fully healthy wouldnt be beneficial to his growth.

The problem isnt solely that Peterman continues to play football. The problem is how many more Petermans will subsequently follow — and how many talented black quarterbacks will be left on the sidelines, or cast away off the field forever.

The rookie said taking a step back during rehab has allowed him to get a sense of how a veteran like Anderson prepares and works as an NFL quarterback.

"I got to see how D.A. operated. Thats a true pro right there," said Allen of Anderson. "Hes been around the league a long time. Just kind of how he controlled the walk through. How he talked to guys and inspired them to play. That and how he kind of saw things on the field, the reads he made and how quick he got to his checkdown and other small things like that."

It remains to be seen whether Allen will return this week against the New York Jets. With a bye to follow, Buffalo could give the rookie a couple more weeks to heal. With Anderson still in concussion protocol, however, Allen missing another game would put Nathan Peterman under center again.

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