*Bills contact league on Benjamin TD reversal *Bills owner Terry Pegula voiced his disappointment in the Kelvin Benjamin touchdown reversal in the loss to the Patriots on Sunday when he was a guest on ‘The Instigators’ radio show Tuesday. With calls to fix what he sees as a flawed replay system, head coach Sean McDermott backed Pegula’s stance and confirmed that he, himself, spoke directly with the NFL office.
“I support Terry and the statements he made,” said McDermott. “The second part is what I make of that situation. I’m still at a loss. I have spoken with the league on it and I remain at a loss. We’ve spoken with multiple people with the league and the necessary people is probably the best way to put it.
“That said, we must turn the page as a team and move forward. That’s getting our focus on ourselves and the Miami Dolphins.”
*Legit concerns about point production *Over the last four games the Bills have been outscored 55-6 in the second half. They’ve been fortunate to win two of them. Coach McDermott knows it has to be better this Sunday against Miami.
“There are legitimate concerns in terms of being able to score points, finishing drives,” he said. “I thought we moved the ball well at times through the better part of three quarters, but didn’t finish drives. Against good opponents sooner or later that’s going to come back to get you. We had opportunities. We have to finish drives better and more efficiently.”
The red zone has been a prime problem area over the four-game stretch, but just reaching the red zone in the second half has been an issue as well. In the second half of those four games, Buffalo has only reached their opponents’ 20-yard line four times with one touchdown to show for it.
“We’re looking at that,” said McDermott. “I know (offensive coordinator) Rick (Dennison) and his staff continue to look hard at that in terms of the communication from one half to the next half. The overall adjustments from one half to another half. We’ve got to continue to look at that and make sure that gets better as we move forward.”
*Another cornerback shuffle? *The Bills are quite fortunate that Tre’Davious White has been able to stay healthy all season. Every other cornerback who sees regular time on the field has missed at least one game this season due to injury. E.J. Gaines missed last Sunday’s game with a knee injury suffered against Miami in Week 15.
For Gaines it was the fifth game he’s missed this season. Coach McDermott said the cornerback made good progress. The hope is he’s back in the lineup Sunday at Miami because Buffalo could be without another cornerback in Shareece Wright.
“Shareece Wright is in the concussion protocol,” said McDermott.
Wright was injured with six minutes left in the game and developed concussion-like symptoms. So he’ll have to make his way through the protocol first before he’s even a consideration for Sunday’s game.
If Gaines can’t recover in time and Wright remains in the protocol, Lafayette Pitts would be the next man up.