Bills receiver Stevie Johnson sat down with coach Doug Marrone to let him know that there are things he’s upset about this season. But those things are not a reflection on his feelings toward his teammates or coaches.
Johnson told the Buffalo News that he had a constructive meeting with Marrone.
“It was cool because now he knows where my mind was,” Johnson said. “Sometimes I can be misunderstood, and I think he probably was assuming since, you know, the numbers wasn’t the same as the previous three years, he may have thought I was getting frustrated about some other things. I think it gave him peace of mind, knowing I’m not mad at him or any other player. I’m just mad at the situation, losing these games. The talent is different this year from previous years, so that’s where the frustration came from, and I think he understood that.”
Johnson is still the Bills’ leading receiver with 41 catches for 471 yards and three touchdowns, but his production is down significantly after topping 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons. Marrone said he told Johnson not to get down about having to adjust to changes at quarterback, from EJ Manuel to Thad Lewis to Jeff Tuel.
“I had a long talk with Stevie about the challenges coming in,” Marrone said. “Playing with a young quarterback and obviously the injuries.”
This hasn’t been a good season for Johnson or for the Bills, but it is good news that Johnson and Marrone are seeing eye to eye.