Bills’ Watkins: ‘If they’re not doing their job, get them out of here’

Sammy Watkins wants more accountability in Buffalo.
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There are never going to be happy campers in an NFL locker room after the team gets eliminated from playoff contention. That was the case for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

With their 35-25 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 15, the Bills can no longer make the postseason, extending the franchise’s drought to 16 years. Coach Rex Ryan stepped up and told reporters "drastic changes" will be made, but he also said he feels personally responsible for the team’s struggles this season.

Star receiver Sammy Watkins called for more accountability, mainly from himself and his teammates.

Here’s part of Watkins’ lengthy rant, via Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News.

We need to forget about anybody’s feelings. We need to call people out. If I’m doing something wrong, call me out. If the line is doing something wrong or messing up, call them out. If the defense is doing something wrong, the defensive line, the secondary, call it out. Because at the end of the day, we’re doing it to win, not to get on somebody and make them feel bad. We’re grown men. This is our job. We get paid millions and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forget the money. You’ve got to go out there each week and play for the guy next to you.

Once we get to that point and realize that you could get fired the next day — and make it known. Hey, this is your job. If you’re not going to do your job, cut him. It needs to be a business. And I think once we get to that, we need some nasty coaches. If they’re not doing their job, get them out of here. If I’m not doing my job, step to me and get me out of here.

Watkins went on to tell reporters it has to be a player-driven team, and the coaches can’t make plays for them. Watkins’ second season was marred by injuries and a lack of targets from Tyrod Taylor, but he still managed to rack up 827 yards and nine touchdowns in just 11 games.

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Watkins told reporters he doesn’t expect his teammates to quit. After that, it could be a long offseason in Buffalo.

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