Cheap Jerseys Rex Ryan’s explanation on why Bills played LeSean McCoy falls short
It’s debatable whether Mike Gillislee starting over LeSean McCoy would have made a difference in the outcome of the Buffalo Bills’ 28-25 loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins, but it would have been difficult for Gillislee to do worse than a hobbled McCoy, who finished with 11 yards on eight carries.
It’s easy to second guess the Bills’ decision to allow Cheap nfl Jerseys McCoy to play in the game only four days after injuring his hamstring in last Wednesday’s practice. Had McCoy somehow been more effective, few would be scrutinizing the decision this week.
But let’s face it: The odds were against McCoy performing well in the game, and the Bills should take heat for their decision to play him. McCoy missing Thursday’s practice and being “very limited,” in his words, in Friday’s practice should have been all the information the team needed to sit McCoy and start their healthier runner, Gillislee.
Instead, coach Rex Ryan’s policy is that star players Customized Jerseys such as McCoy or receiver Sammy Watkins don’t need to practice during the week in order to play. That opened the door for McCoy to impress the team’s medical staff enough during warm-up drills Sunday to have them sign off on him playing.
“He got clearance from our medical personnel,” Ryan explained Monday. “That’s a variety of tests, tons of tests. Also, the player needs to sign off on it. So, it’s not just the medical staff going, ‘Hey, you’re going out there.’
“So, LeSean wanted to play. He felt like he was ready to play. And then, before the game, we took him to pregame, and he was running routes at full speed and bursting, so we thought he was ready to go. One hundred percent ready to go. That’s why we played him.”
The nuance that Ryan seemed to be overlooking is that even if McCoy looked well enough during warm-ups to play, and even if he wanted badly to be on the field, that doesn’t mean he had to be in the lineup. Common sense would have suggested that McCoy didn’t have enough time to heal from his Wednesday Buffalo Bills Jerseys injury and was putting himself at risk to be ineffective and potentially risk further injury that would jeopardize the Bills’ chances in their upcoming games.
McCoy might have felt “amazing” during his pregame tests, but that is not always an accurate indication of his fitness to withstand 60 minutes of full-speed, full-contact football — as ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell suggested in a tweet Sunday:
Despite the criticism, Ryan dug in his heels further Monday about his team’s decision to start McCoy.
“Will we do the same again? If every box is checked, then yes,” he insisted. “If any box is not checked, then no way are we going to play him. And we’ve said that from Day 1 about any player.”
Not only did the Bills start McCoy, but he played in nearly every snap in the first half of the game, a decision that could fall less on Ryan and more on offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. Playing McCoy in Sunday’s game was risky, but keeping Gillislee on the bench for much of the first half was borderline senseless given McCoy’s condition and early-game performance.
Few were shocked by the third quarter when McCoy felt “a little pain” in his hamstring, was pulled from the game and sat on the bench with an ice pack over his left thigh.
Now, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, McCoy is on track to be listed as questionable again for a game against the New England Patriots that Ryan has already stated is critically important to the Bills’ season.
“We will see how the week unfolds,” Ryan said. “As soon as he said he had tightness in the hamstring, we took him out of the game as soon as he mentioned that. But that is where he is at. We will see how he progresses.”
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