The last main character in this insane story is Anthony Lynn. Lynn was adamant on Sunday and Monday that Taylor would remain the team’s starter despite Herbert’s game against the Chiefs. We now know why he was so adamant about that, as demoting your quarterback while he was in the hospital for something the team doctor accidentally did to him probably wouldn’t have been the smartest play.
The next few weeks might be the toughest of his tenure for Lynn as a coach. He has to continue to roll with the quarterback that the franchise views as a project. That’s a rather uncertain prospect for an organization that had so much consistency when it came to the quarterback position for a decade and a half.
Once Taylor is healthy though, Lynn will eventually face the decision that will be monumental for the team. With Herbert, Taylor, the national media, and the fans watching, the coach will have to declare a started at some point. It’s certainly not a position I envy.
Also, how does Lynn communicate this medical snafu to his players? He will likely be their main form of clarification in the organization. Taylor won’t be the last injury of this season. The players need to know that they can trust the medical staff despite this traumatic experience with Taylor.