Stevie Johnson is not a happy camper right now.
Buffalo’s star wide receiver is hoping for a big year from the Bills offense, and so far he hasn’t seen it. Certainly not in the first preseason game, where the Bills struggled to complete a pass. The situation didn’t improve when the team returned to practice Saturday and the offense lost a live-action series to the defense to end practice. Johnson spilled his frustration to the press, saying, “We’ve got to be better,” he said. “Preseason game, practice we’ve got to be better if we want to get to where we want to be. Mentally we’ve got to prepare like champions. We’ve got to be past the whole let’s play this many games in a row. We’ve got to be thinking like champions right now, aggressive and dominant. That’s it.”
You can’t blame the man for being tired of losing. He is now in Buffalo long-term thanks to his fancy new contract, and you know he doesn’t want this decade-plus streak of Bills futility to continue.
“There’s only so long where you can be the old Bills just getting beat around in this conference,” Johnson said. “It’s time to turn it around and take over. I think we’ve got the team that can do it this year. So why not go out there and go hard and try to take this division?”
Head coach Chan Gailey agrees: “Good I’m glad he feels that way,” said Gailey. “If everybody doesn’t feel that way we’re in trouble. I want everybody to understand we had an offensive meeting (Saturday) about that very thing. We made progress last year, but it’s not just going to happen because we did it last year. You’ve got to go make it happen again this year.”
We’ll see if the offense shows some signs of life this week.