Sammy Watkins: New coach has to be hard on us

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The Bills are going to have a new head coach in 2017 and the team’s top receiver is sharing some of his thoughts about what that coach needs to do to be successful.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins has already played for two head coaches in his three professional seasons and that experience has left him with a pretty clear idea about the best path for the next one to follow. Watkins said Thursday that there needs to be harder on players — “If they’re not listening, cut them, kick them out, whatever.” — in order to be successful.

“Whatever around the locker room that needs to be addressed, on the field, off the field, flags,” Watkins said, via the team’s website. “Whether it’s working on things in the summer that we’re not good at and being a professional. As players that’s got to get fixed first. Then the coaches have got to be hard on us, not scared of us. Get at us, yell at us, curse at us, whatever to get the player to do that job the best he can that’s what they need to do.”

There’s already talk that interim coach Anthony Lynn is the front-runner for the full-time position and Watkins called him a great coach who has “that demeanor, that leadership.” The Bills have felt that way about a lot of coaches in the last decade-plus when they started in the job, but, as the high turnover on the sideline makes clear, no one’s been able to effect a permanent change.

24 responses to “Sammy Watkins: New coach has to be hard on us

  1. Sammy Watkins, please sit down and be quiet. ONE very good game last week does not give you room to talk. You and your lack of production is a big part of why there will be a new head coach. After 3 years, your unachievement and inability to stay healthy has earned you the label of a draft bust. Players need to get cursed at to motivate them? Rex didn’t strike me as one to hold his tongue or use a G-rated vocabulary.

  2. a lack of discipline would explain why sammy watkins is so streaky.

    true high character types discipline themselves though.

    sam w. is a bust.

  3. And all this time I thought all those zeros at the end of the paychecks would be enough incentive to work hard for your team, your fans … or maybe your posse?

    So sexy Rex took it easy on you guys and you guys took it easier?

    You are professional football players!!

    Professional Football Players!!

  4. In other words “Players Coaches” are too soft. Sammy is right. Young football players are mistake prone and prone to allow their emotions to take over rational thought. All the best coaches have been tough on their players…..ie. Lombardi, Halas, Belichick….etc….

  5. Must be nice to peck away at a keyboard all day, you know, probably not what you are paid to do. But I bet when your boss(or mother, more than likely mother) walks by, you close your browser and start pecking away at some excel document. Nobody here can say that they “work hard because of the pay check they earn”. You need a motivating factor, especially those of you who are just young adults, most professional athletes. Rex was their buddy. He soaked up the criticism and sheltered his guys. No accountability. That’s what Sammy is saying. That’s what a team leader is supposed to say. It shouldn’t come from a player, it should come from the coach, though. What’s this now, the 6th or 7th player to come out and call out the Rex regime on this very topic? Mario Williams, Sammy, Kyle Williams, Marcell, Eric Wood? I recall all those guys at one point making similar statements. Do the players need to self police? Yeah, but only themselves, not the other 51, or the coaching staff. Sammy is right, and if he comes back healthy, he’ll lead the NFL in yards, if bet my hard earned paycheck on it.

  6. Thanks to Pegula and Doug Whaley i’m a Bills fan in agreement with Joetoronto for the first time. Please send help…… Lots of it……Like a Flamethrower……Shovels……Plane Tickets……

  7. He may say that but as soon as a coach comes in like that they start grumbling and complaining. Look at Coughlin. He was tough and the players hated it although they won two Super Bowls under him. They want to act like children and be treated like men. You can’t have it both ways. Players who are like that should be dumped. These guys are supposed to be grown men and professionals. If they can’t be either then get rid of them.

  8. Bustkins wouldn’t be the top receiver on a division 3 team. Instead of saying the jills need a coach to be tougher on them he should be saying that the jills need a real GM who won’t draft busts like him.

  9. concrete998 says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:38 AM
    And all this time I thought all those zeros at the end of the paychecks would be enough incentive to work hard for your team, your fans … or maybe your posse?

    So sexy Rex took it easy on you guys and you guys took it easier?

    You are professional football players!!

    Professional Football Players!!
    ——

    That’s an overly simplistic view of football and human psychology. The fact that teams with highly disciplined front offiices/coaches perform better than others demonstrates his point. All NFL players make money and are pro’s. He’s talking about the things that differentiate.

  10. peytonmanningsforehead says:
    Dec 30, 2016 1:01 PM
    Bustkins wouldn’t be the top receiver on a division 3 team. Instead of saying the jills need a coach to be tougher on them he should be saying that the jills need a real GM who won’t draft busts like him____________________

    The only buskins is you, with your troll 4 ID’s from loser town Toronto.

  11. @billswillnevermove

    Hey, we miss your u trolling Raider stories. Guess your mouth and cojones shrank during your dumpster fire season and collapse in Oakland. When Mack stripped Taylor, he stripped the Ryans of their jobs.
    Enjoy your off season. You earned it.

  12. NCAA Big Ten wrestler here. I got by on ability until college, where I met my first truly tough coach. He had me re learning my stance, my shot – things I had in 2nd grade! My name and picture were all over my high school wall – I don’t need this! I hated it, the whole thing at first. However, it was his team – he controlled the lineup and that’s the way it was going to be. I thanked him last fall when we were on the football field at halftime accepting our award for the 25th anniversary of our schools only undefeated wrestling team in history. I told him if my own son ends up good enough, I will be sending him his way…

  13. The Buffalo Bills, basking in the glow of a dumpster fire

    Thank’s to the Pegula’s Buffalo has a team for a fire. Do I sense some sour grapes?

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