So how did the Bills skunk the Dolphins on Sunday, bagging seven sacks and allowing zero points? The man who’ll become Big Mac again once the season officially ends thinks he knows the reason.
Left tackle Bryant McKinnie believes the Bills defense knew the snap count.
“They were getting [a jump]. I feel like they were getting a rhythm with our cadence,” McKinnie said Tuesday, via James Walker of ESPN.com. “Me being around, I knew some things that we can do to help counter that. So I definitely brought that to my offensive line coach.”
For some reason, McKinnie didn’t alert offensive line coach Jim Turner to the problem until the game ended.
If it’s a problem, it’s not a new one. After a Monday night loss to the Buccaneers in November, left guard Nate Garner said he believed Tampa Bay game-planned the snap count.
Actually, the issue possibly dates back to 2012. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt declared that he picked up the Miami snap count from watching HBO’s Hard Knocks.
If it’s a real problem, the Dolphins have overcome it to put themselves in position to make the playoffs. If they’d addressed it sooner, however, they possibly wouldn’t need to couple a win over the Jets with a Ravens loss to Cincinnati or a Chargers win over the Chiefs to delay by at least another week McKinnie’s annual transmogrification into Big Mac.