Buffalo Bills were nothing more than average in their loss to the Carolina Panther.
ORCHARD PARK – Buffalo Bills mercurial running back LeSean McCoy was an easy book to read on Wednesday.
- He has a healthy disdain for players in the NFL who make excuses.
- He has great respect for the Denver Broncos’ No.-4 defense but he has more faith in his offensive line and himself to be able to move the ball and score.
- He has no patience for impatient fans and media who would like to see quarterback Tyrod Taylor benched after just two games.
- His new incentives in his contract had nothing to do with anticipating an increased workload.
Shady shed personal light on a wide range of subjects during his weekly session with reporters at New Era Field, where the Bills (1-1) are preparing to host the Broncos (2-0), all too aware that a loss could spiral their season downward fast and turn the heat up on their quarterback.
Off the top, McCoy addressed last Sunday’s disappointing offensive effort in a 9-3 loss at Carolina.
The Bills were held to 176 net yards, including 69 rushing, with McCoy held to nine yards on 12 attempts. In Week 1, Buffalo blitzed the New York Jets for 190 yards on the ground and won easily, 21-12.
“When I watch the tape, it is never as bad as you thought but it’s never as good as you thought either,” McCoy said. “I just felt there were some plays I could have made. You watch the tape and maybe it is not as many as you thought but just knowing myself, everybody has to be honest when they watch the tape. You have to know your game. The problem with this league is a lot of players don’t take accountability, and I do. I will get it right this week.”
The Broncos come to town riding high.
Shutting down the Dallas Cowboys, their vaunted line and NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott in a 42-17 victory will do that. The Cowboys had one rushing first down and Elliott just eight yards on nine carries.
Needing a bounce-back game, the Bills could find themselves bounced by a Denver defense led by All-Pro linebacker Von Miller. Dallas got behind, abandoned the run, had young quarterback Dak Prescott throw 50 times, and paid the price with two interceptions and a 103-yard pick-six by veteran corner Aqib Talib.
“They are a good defense, they really are but we have playmakers also,” McCoy said. “We just have to stay true to our game and no matter if they are stopping us at times or we may get down, we have to keep at it.”
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After losing receiving deep threat Sammy Watkins, Buffalo’s ability to stretch the field and get teams to quit stacking the line with eight defenders has become highly questionable. But McCoy said that even with Watkins, who was injured a fair amount, teams consistently stacked the box the last two years and the Bills still led the NFL in rushing.
“I think any defense that is coming here, the main goal is to stop the run,’’ McCoy said. “But we have enough guys on the outside to make plays. I think we get it done, it’s just a matter of doing it.’’
He said had Dallas not given up on the run, perhaps Elliott would’ve gotten on track or broken a long play against the Broncos. After all, strong running teams having to face eight-men boxes is hardly a new concept.
“In this league, you have to deal with it,’’ McCoy said. “There is too much complaining, too many excuses, you have to deal with it. I would love to go small box and guys are off (the line), every back would. You just have to play. Guys up front, they look forward to doing it, going against eight-man fronts. You have to take care of the guys up front, and make a guy miss. The good thing about big boxes is making a guy miss and there is nobody back there.’’
Speaking of defense, McCoy came to Taylor’s.
The Bills quarterback has thrown for just 349 yards through two games, averaging 6.58 yards per attempt. Buffalo punted on its first seven possessions against the Panthers. Some fans and media are calling for the Bills to start rookie Nathan Peterman, who showed promise in the preseason.
“I haven’t heard that yet,” McCoy said. “I guess he gets blamed for everything, but I don’t think so. Tyrod’s a hell of a player, he makes plays, and without him we would have had no shot last week. I haven’t heard that yet (that he should be benched), but I’m sure that would start up, (I mean) you just mentioned it. I have a lot of confidence in Tyrod and the guys on the team, and the offense does too.’’
As for his contract, were incentives asked for hunching he’d have to play a larger role with a less-explosive crop of receivers on the team?
“I just want the loot baby,’’ McCoy quipped. “(No), it just happened, it wasn’t like that, it just happened. It had nothing to do with the extra loot. We didn’t know that the whole thing with Sammy was going on, we didn’t know any of that, it just happened.”