After the Monday night loss to New England, it was evident that Buffalo’s feature back was disappointed with the state of the team’s offense. After making the playoffs last season, he and most of his teammates went into the 2018 campaign with high expectations. Expectations that have been dampened by the course the first half of the season has taken.
McCoy chose to keep many of his frustrations to himself the past week and a half. But on Friday addressed the media explaining why he kept quiet, what must happen going forward and if he has now recalculated some of his personal goals.
“I was just upset with how everything has been going at 2-7. That’s frustrating,” he said. “I want to win games, so I took that approach (of not talking) because I was upset. We’ve just got to try to get better. We’re NFL players and we have to be professional no matter the circumstance. We’ve got to practice hard and play hard.”
As a captain this year, McCoy didn’t want to sound off to the media about the struggles of the offense this season, feeling it wouldn’t benefit the team in any way.
“We can’t complain and pout about it. We’ve just got to find a way to win games and make it happen,” said McCoy of the Bills offense. “There are plays to be made that we’re not making. We’ve got to play better, got to play smarter. It’s as simple as that.”
McCoy is conscious of the fact that he’s on the back nine of his career. He knows his opportunities to reach the ultimate game at the end of the season are shrinking.
On pace to have the lowest single-season rushing total of his career, McCoy admits he’s thought about his place in the game, knowing 14,000 rushing yards is a goal of his.
“It might take a little longer than I expected now,” he said. “We’ve got some games left to add onto that and make some corrections and help my teammates out. We’ll look forward to this year and next year putting it back together. This thing happens fast. You can have a bad season and the next season is a good one. Bad game and the next one is a good one. It’s a matter of pulling together.
“Being an older player, the urgency is up. I want to win now and add on to my legacy of course and have a chance to get a ring. So those things are on my mind so when the frustration builds from losing… because every player has a clock. I’m good friends with Frank Gore and we talk a lot, especially lately and we talk about those things.”
At this point, McCoy is starting with small goals. He’d like to get in the end zone for the first time this season very soon. His 108 touches from scrimmage this season are the most of any player without a touchdown.
“It’s something I’m used to doing, but just got to find a way to do it,” he said. “I don’t have the answers for why or when. I just look forward to getting there.”