The Buffalo Bills cleaned their lockers out on Monday, sooner than both the team and fanbase thought. The media was able to talk to players and coaches today about the season coming to an abrupt ending.Veteran safety Micah Hyde was one of the missing pieces from this year’s Bills team. Hyde had been a cornerstone to the defense and this team but wound up getting injured early in the season. Nobody initially believed that a return for the veteran safety would be possible, but when speaking to the media, Hyde said that he was ready to play if Buffalo had advanced past the Bengals.
“I got cleared,” Hyde said. “Next game, I was going to be able to go out there and play.”
Hyde also felt like he let down his starting partner since his first day in Buffalo: Jordan Poyer.
“We all understand the business side of things. Knowing Po’s situation, I wanted to help him get a new deal. With my situation happening there was more on Po’s shoulders than any other years of us being here. I feel like I let him down,” Hyde said.
Bills fans might not get to see Poyer and Hyde share the field again after a disappointing end to this season.
Head Coach Sean McDermott has been a leader in this locker room since his arrival. McDermott, yet again, delivered some of his thoughts to the media in the locker room yesterday. He spoke about the coaching staff and Ken Dorsey.
“I’m not going to get into the staff right now,” McDermott said. “There is a first year for everyone… When you’re committed to a cause and you work hard at things and put the team first, you learn from experiences.”
McDermott also spoke about star receiver Stefon Diggs, who was seen leaving the stadium right after the game finished.
“He was in the locker room when I addressed the team and that’s what matters the most,” said McDermott. “That’s what makes him good, is what you saw… It hurts and I wouldn’t want a guy that doesn’t hurt.”
The Quarterback for the Bills, Josh Allen, has had a great relationship with Diggs since he became a Buffalo Bill. Allen spoke today to the media, and where he believes his game is at and where he believes the Bills should’ve been this year.
“I’ve got a lot more to learn from and a lot more to grow,” Allen said. “There’s a lot of love for this team in the locker room but at the same time, I’m sick to my stomach because the team and I want a Super Bowl.”
Allen also mentioned that he will not need surgery for his elbow injury he sustained late in that Jets game, and that he has faith in his offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey moving forward.
A season with promise and hope has come to an end, but the offseason is just beginning for the Buffalo Bills.