Bills RB frus­trated in ane­mic of­fense

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Sports - By JOHN WAWROW,

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) >> Buf­falo Bills run­ning back LeSean Mc­Coy ended his near two-week si­lence by say­ing he wanted to keep his frus­tra­tions to him­self in what’s been a mis­er­able sea­son.

“I was just up­set how ev­ery­thing’s been go­ing, 2-7,” Mc­Coy said Fri­day, re­fer­ring to the Bills’ record. “That’s frus­trat­ing. I want to win games, so I just kind of took that ap­proach. Just kind of up­set. But my mind­set is just try to get bet­ter.”

The com­ments were the first from Mc­Coy since a 25- 6 loss against New Eng­land on Oct. 29. He’s ducked in­ter­view re­quests ever since, in­clud­ing can­cel­ing his weekly news con­fer­ences each of the past two Wed­nes­days af­ter com­bin­ing for 23 yards rush­ing on 22 car­ries over two games.

“There’s plays to be made and we’re not mak­ing them. Got to play smarter. Got to play bet­ter. Sim­ple as that,” Mc­Coy said. “Can’t com­plain or pout about it. Just got to find ways to win games and make it hap­pen.”

What both­ers him even more is that at 30 , Mc­Coy is begin­ning to re­al­ize he’s run­ning out of time to achieve var­i­ous ob­jec­tives. They in­clude win­ning a cham­pi­onship and es­tab­lish­ing him­self as one of the NFL’s premier run­ning backs by be­com­ing just the 17th player to reach 12,000 ca­reer yards rush­ing.

“Oh, it’ll take a lit­tle longer than I ex­pect now,” said Mc­Coy, whose 267 yards rush­ing this sea­son have upped his ca­reer to­tal to 10,359.

“The ur­gency is up. I want to win now. I want to add on to my legacy of course, a chance to get a ring. And those things are on my mind,” Mc­Coy said. “So the frus­tra­tion about los­ing, all them things, ev­ery player has a clock.”

In get­ting off to the worst start of a sea­son in his 10year ca­reer, Mc­Coy hasn’t reached the end zone since scor­ing twice in a 24-17 win over Mi­ami on Dec. 17. And he hasn’t topped 100 yards since fin­ish­ing with 156 on a snow-cov­ered field in a 13-7 over­time win against In­di­anapo­lis on Dec. 10.

At the rate the Bills’ ane­mic of­fense is pro­duc­ing in hav­ing scored an NFL-worst 96 points, Mc­Coy wasn’t mak­ing any prom­ises when the droughts might end with Buf­falo pre­par­ing to play at the New York Jets on Sun­day.

“I don’t have the an Adrian sw­ers, why and when, but I just look for­ward to get­ting there,” he said. “Just got to find a way to do it.”

Mc­Coy didn’t want his frus­tra­tions to be in­ter­preted as him be­ing un­happy to still be in Buf­falo af­ter the NFL’s trad­ing dead­line passed on Oct. 30. And he’s pleased to hear gen­eral man­ager Bran­don Beane say Mc­Coy re­mains in the team’s plans through the fi­nal year of his con­tract next sea­son.

“They’ve been good to me. I’m a loyal per­son, and I’m happy here,” said Mc­Coy, in his fourth sea­son in Buf­falo since be­ing ac­quired in a trade with Philadel­phia. “I think some­times peo­ple get that mixed up with the frus­tra­tions of los­ing. But for me to be in their plans, I like the way that sounds.”

Beane told The As­so­ci­ated Press thisweek he main­tains his con­fi­dence in Mc­Coy’s abil­ity.

“We don’t see a guy­who’s a de­clin­ing player. We see a guy who’s still play­ing well, and he’s one of the bet­ter play­ers at his po­si­tion in the league,” Beane said. “He is work­ing hard. He’s try­ing to be the best he can. And he’s go­ing to con­tinue to do that. And if he wasn’t, then we prob­a­bly would’ve moved on.”


In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Buf­falo Bills run­ning back LeSean Mc­Coy (25) car­ries with the ball dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Ten­nessee Ti­tans in Or­chard Park, N.Y. Two strug­gling AFC East ri­vals with un­cer­tain quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tions square off when the Bills and New York Jets meet on Sun­day.


In this Sun­day, Nov. 4, 2018, file photo, Buf­falo Bills run­ning back LeSean Mc­Coy (25) is tack­led dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Chicago Bears in Or­chard Park, N.Y. Mc­Coy has been as in­vis­i­ble on the field as he has been off it in re­fus­ing to speak to the me­dia for the past 10days. It’s a sign of his frus­tra­tions, as Mc­Coy has yet to score this sea­son and com­bined for 23 yards rush­ing on 22car­ries in his past two games.

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