LeSean McCoy thinks Bills can win with the talent on hand

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Breaking a 17-year playoff drought was fun, but the Bills appear to have taken a major step backward this season.

Going through the pains of a pile of dead money on their salary cap, a rookie quarterback and an overhauled-and-not-for-the-better offensive line has left the Bills 1-3, but running back LeSean McCoy is not ready to declare their situation a rebuild.

“Well I hope that’s not the case,” McCoy said, via Matt Parrino of NYUpstate.com. “I think the guys here we have can win now.

“I mean, this is not the first time that a team has had a rookie quarterback that [could potentially make] the playoffs and that wins games. It’s not something that’s never been seen or happened in the NFL.”

His optimism is admirable, but even coach Sean McDermott used the word “build” this week when discussing the team’s current spot. But McCoy insisted that they could still be a valid team while Josh Allen learns on the job.

“With Josh being a young superstar in the making he needs to go through these times where we’re in close games. Whether we run the ball a lot or throw the ball a lot, each game is a new experience for him,” McCoy said. “I don’t look at it like we’re just developing our franchise quarterback because our team, we’re kind of older. The guys on defense who are stepping up and playing lights out for the last couple weeks to the main guys on offense, we’re a little older. I think the main focus is winning games. I don’t think that the main focus is trying to develop Josh. I think that will come along with you trying to win games now.”

Of course, doing that would likely require McCoy playing a much more substantial role, but they’re 24th in the league in rushing. McCoy only touching the ball eight times in a game isn’t helping either, as any plan that has them winning now would seem to require him.

24 responses to “LeSean McCoy thinks Bills can win with the talent on hand

  1. McDermott and Beane are a bust….and the O coordinator aint much better….I know the NFL wants this to be a passing league but when you have McCoy averaging 4.8 yds a carry during the first quarter of a game and you abandon the run for a bunch of SCRUB receivers that Beane has amassed makes absolutely no sense…

  2. Drafted LeSean in second round. He should be touching and getting the ball 25 times a game unless he is done haven’t seen any bills games but with a rookie raw qb why aren’t they focusing more on the proven McCoy. Doesn’t help getting blown out but seems they are not involving him enough

  3. Facing two potential HOF quarterbacks (Rodgers, Rivers) and two very good quarterbacks(Cousins, Flacco) in the first four weeks hasn’t helped. Three of the first four games were on the road. Coupled with a new OC and changes on the O-line have contributed. Now throw in a rookie quarterback and wa la.

    Tyrod Taylor is already a second stringer in Cleveland and Incognito is in a padded room some where. Allen is dodging bullets ahead of schedule and his receivers are underachieving.

    It’s early. It’s not how you start but how you finish. 12 games to go is a lot of games. It’s not fun playing football in December in Buffalo.

    We’LL see. Go Bills!

  4. Facing two potential HOF quarterbacks (Rodgers, Rivers) and two very good quarterbacks(Cousins, Flacco) in the first four weeks hasn’t helped. Three of the first four games were on the road. Coupled with a new OC and changes on the O-line have contributed. Now throw in a rookie quarterback and wa la.

    Tyrod Taylor is already a second stringer in Cleveland and Incognito is in a padded room some where. Allen is dodging bullets ahead of schedule and his receivers are underachieving.

    It’s early. It’s not how you start but how you finish. 12 games to go is a lot of games. It’s not fun playing football in December in Buffalo.

    We’LL see. Go Bills!

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    What does facing HOF Qb’s have to do with not blocking? The second stringer in Cleveland is only there because he has a #1 overall pick behind him and he got a head injury. Allen is dodging bullets (true) the receivers are under achieving (really?) how about Allen is running for his life because he has the worst receiving core in the league and more than likely the worst O Line in the league. It is early but Vlad Ducasse is Vlad.. he isn’t changing. Nothing will change other that people might get hurt and that isn’t going to make a winning difference.

  5. When you look at the NFL schedule and see you play at home vs the Patriots for a night game…..you know your team stinks because no way would the NFL would schedule the patriots to play at night away of a challenging team especially in the AFC.

  6. bleedredwhiteandblue66 says:
    October 4, 2018 at 10:58 am
    Facing two potential HOF quarterbacks (Rodgers, Rivers) and two very good quarterbacks(Cousins, Flacco) in the first four weeks hasn’t helped. Three of the first four games were on the road. Coupled with a new OC and changes on the O-line have contributed. Now throw in a rookie quarterback and wa la.

    Tyrod Taylor is already a second stringer in Cleveland and Incognito is in a padded room some where. Allen is dodging bullets ahead of schedule and his receivers are underachieving.

    It’s early. It’s not how you start but how you finish. 12 games to go is a lot of games. It’s not fun playing football in December in Buffalo.

    We’LL see. Go Bills!

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    This right here is why the Bills do not have to be competitive on an annual basis. Their fan base has accepted the mediocrity that the organization is famous for. The glory days for this team were a four year period of almost being good enough. It is sad, as they are great fans, and the Ralph is one of my favorite places to see a game. Someone needs to demand excellence in Buffalo, and it is obviously not going to be the Pegulas.

  7. Uncle buck- Dude, how are you going to sign competent players when you don’t have the money to do so? If I have $1000 to buy a car, am I going to get something that starts every morning and gets me 100 miles round trip on the daily? Probably not. Fact is, we have a #1 pick and a #2 pick at the WR position that cannot get open for the life of them. Losing Wood to a freak retirement and Incognito to whatever it is he’s got going on isn’t a minimal loss. You don’t get extra money or draft picks to compensate for that. Trash Beane and McD all you want. They got an underachieving roster into the playoffs last year, and decided to hit the reset button on this one(rightfully so), this gives them nearly $90 million in cap space and an almost guaranteed top-5 pick in 2019. For the love of god, what was this team before those guys? A mess. No direction, constantly mired in mediocrity. They have a plan, let them execute it. If not, peace out, you won’t be missed.

  8. buffalosunshine says:
    October 4, 2018 at 11:09 am
    It’s early. It’s not how you start but how you finish. 12 games to go is a lot of games. It’s not fun playing football in December in Buffalo
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    You my Bills fan friend….are in a state of denial….The Bills are going nowhere with that bunch of scrubs on the O line and the receiving corps….and that 56 million we are eating because of the McDermott and Beane give away…they are seriously in over their heads….

  9. .
    McDermott and Beane inherited a wafer thin roster and a mismanaged cap that has left them with over 50 million in dead money this year alone. This season is the one where they pay the piper.

    However, next season the Bills should be picking high in the draft. They’ll have 76 million in cap space. They’ll have a young QB with a rookie contract and the nucleus of a decent roster, Bills fans are going to endure a long season but there’s hope for a better tomorrow.
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  10. This right here is why the Bills do not have to be competitive on an annual basis. Their fan base has accepted the mediocrity that the organization is famous for. The glory days for this team were a four year period of almost being good enough. It is sad, as they are great fans, and the Ralph is one of my favorite places to see a game. Someone needs to demand excellence in Buffalo, and it is obviously not going to be the Pegulas

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    Nowhere did I mention acceptance. McBean and Co. are in their second year. The Pegulas are not the Wilsons. The Patriots weren’t winning with Grogan and Bledsoe and the Pack is not the same team w/o Rodgers.

    You play the hand you’re given as a fan. Enjoy your high and mighty attitude while it lasts.

  11. Lots of growing pains this year – going to be a tough season for Josh Allen – just like Peyton Manning and Troy Aikman’s rookie years. However, the Bills will have a TON of cap room and 11 draft picks in the spring to start getting this going in the right direction. The goal this year is to get Josh Allen experience (and hopefully not hurt behind our porous offensive line) and see which young guys can play…..Next year will truly be Beane and McDermott’s first year with a team entirely built by them….

  12. I wouldn’t be so quick to throw in the towel on McDermott. The Bills are struggling, but I’ve noticed they are getting far fewer penalties than they have been in past seasons. They also lost two huge pieces on the O line due to unforeseen circumstances, and it’s really hampering Josh Allen. Hopefully the kid survives the season and isn’t permanently shell-shocked.

  13. Uncleyuck- how is it that Brand is responsible for the dead cap money? This one is an interesting take, did they sign Dareus? Sammy Watkins really lit the league on fire with the best offense in the NFL. That Tre White kid is pretty terrible I guess, same with Edmunds. Allen is a bust after 3 games too, considering he’s won just as many games as golden boy Darnold.

  14. There must be something n the water there that makes everyone delusional.

    The football team and the hockey team have never won a thing, but every year the fanboys thump their chests in September and October, only to revert to drinking but November.

  15. Got nothing to lose so give Shady his 25 + carries a game. Cannot imagine the win/loss record will improve as he is not the great RB he is portrayed to be. Going to be a long season but as long as Josh Allen does not get injured and the owners don’t hit the panic button and sack the coach and GM, this Bills fan will endure this season in the hope of better things to come next season. Go Bills.

  16. Can these players and coaches stop talking crap ! what are they drinking! tell the fans what is really on there mind! stop blowing sunshine at the fans, we are a little smarter than that, especially Bills Fans.

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