It’s pretty clear, at this point, that the Buffalo Bills do not have mental toughness and opposing teams are marking their match-up against the Bills as a practice week and eliminator pools are going back to choosing whatever team is facing the Bills each week. Frustration is finally boiling over in Buffalo as wide receiver Stevie Johnson is starting to showi more emotion than the rest of the team as a whole. My thoughts: it’s about time! This week, Stevie turned to Twitter to let people know he does care. He is quoted on his page as saying the following:
I know most of “yall” live vicariously thru me; so when I lose it makes your life 13x more miserable than it already is. Well… TOUGH S***!
I Never talk football on twitter. However, all the negativity I’ve gotten. I’m using it as a challenge. I Will Change Your Opinion about Me.
I Promise I will work harder. Win, Lose or Draw I will make you happy that U got to watch me play. Whether its 0 or 10 catches. #7thRdStevie
In an interview this week, Stevie summarized the catch 22 of showing emotion, saying either you sit on the sideline and sulk and pout and get criticized for not caring, or you get angry and yell and throw things and then are labeled a “mental head case”. Unfortunately, this is the world of professional sports. A story is made based on what you do and it’s always the wrong decision for the sake of controversy. Some may disagree that showing emotion does anything to change the outcome of the game but it would at least show fans that someone on this team cares.
The ironic thing about this all is that the wide receiver group, who seemed the most troubling at the beginning of the season, are actually the ones doing their job on a regular basis. In most games, they are getting open. They are beating their guys, but Ryan Fitzpatrick can’t make the throws.
So what side of the fence are you on? Are you angry that he tweeted these messages? Or are you happy to see someone finally saying something besides the same old weekly press conference excuses? I, for one, am happy that he is standing up for himself without bashing Fitzpatrick. We can do that for Stevie because it is clear that Fitzpatrick is making everyone else around him look inept. What kills me is how dead set this coaching staff is on making Fitzpatrick something that he is not. In both press conferences and radio interviews this week Chan Gaileyis being put on the hot seat about his decision making pertaining to Fitzpatrick. He isn’t budging that maybe, possibly, this was not the best decision. One thing this coaching staff has not done is own up to their mistakes. Check out my article coming this week about the five excuses that Bills fans are tired of hearing.
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