The Bills’ season ended with Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, which resulted in players having to come to the facility to clear out their lockers on Monday.
Guard Rodger Saffold took some time to speak to reporters about the unfortunate end to the season. There was much talk on Sunday about the Bills’ inability to match the energy the Bengals brought to the field, and Saffold’s comments suggest it felt the same internally.
“The boys were exhausted during the week and our coaches did their best to change the week. . . but there were just uncharacteristic things that happened. . . I need to implement this somehow and not as an excuse for this team struggling for so long and struggling through all this adversity You’re almost out of gas eventually,” Saffold said of NFL Media’s Bridget Condon.
Saffold said the players “haven’t been yet can breathe deeplyh since the Damar situation” regarding safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during the team’s Week 17 game in Cincinnati and it was clear the situation was taking an emotional toll on the Bills in recent weeks. They’ll have a chance to catch their breath now, but it will be a long time before they can show they’ve regained their footing on the field.