BLD Polls: Was Chan Gailey Right to Bench Stevie Johnson Yesterday?

So the big story coming out of yesterday’s season finale  – besides Buffalo having a 21-point lead and somehow losing by 28 – was the benching of star WR Stevie Johnson following Johnson drawing a penalty for “excessive celebration” after his first quarter TD catch. Johnson pulled up his uniform to reveal a “Happy New Year” message, which drew the flag. Coach Chan Gailey had previously said that anyone drawing a penalty for excessive celebration would be benched, and he stuck to his word.

Of course, given that Johnson is one of Buffalo’s best players, and that Johnson is a free agent that Bills would love to re-sign this offseason, I’m sure many Bills fans thought Gailey’s stance was a ridiculous one to take. But maybe you thought that Johnson’s constant cries for attention were getting old and Gailey had to make a stand.

For the record, Johnson didn’t have a problem with the benching. Johnson thought that revealing a message would be okay, given that his infamous “Why So Serious” T-shirt last year didn’t draw a flag. So he was surprised when it did draw a flag and knew Gailey would have to bench him. “I didn’t understand why I couldn’t go out there and [reveal a T-shirt] a second time, but I got the penalty and coach made his decision and I had to ride with him,” said Johnson after the game. “Coach said if something like this happens again and I get a penalty he’s going to have to do what he did today. I don’t lose any love for him. He was true to his word and he has to be.”

But what do you think? Was Gailey in the right?

Was Chan Gailey Right to Bench Stevie Johnson in the season finale after his excessive celebration penalty?

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