There really is no other way around it — to this point in the NFL season, the Buffalo Bills have underachieved. A team that was expected to be in the upper echelon of the league and fighting for the No. 1 seed in the AFC has found themselves entering Week 10 at 5-4 and looking up at the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East race.
While the Bills have plenty of time to figure things out and the talent to make it happen on the field, it has not gone the way anybody in that locker room thought it was going to. With frustration boiling at the surface and a look in the mirror maybe needed as they face a fork in the road for the 2023 season, a players-only meeting was called by a respected veteran.
Latavius Murray Calls Players-Only Meeting
A reset was needed in the Bills locker room, and long-time NFL running back Latavius Murray took it upon himself to rally the guys and set the standard going forward. Murray, who is in his 10th season in the NFL, understands the culture and when a conversation needs to be had and explained his reasoning to reporters when they inquired about the meeting after the fact.
“We’ve had a few games like that,” Murray said when discussing the Bengals loss. “But just coming off a game like that, I just feel like we can play and beat anybody. A lot of times — it’s getting redundant — but it’s us beating ourselves.”
Murray continued, “Those guys know I’m coming from a sincere place of us just trying to communicate, trying to figure out what we can do to be better, what we can control as players.”
The hope is the message was received by the team as they look to take the final eight games of the season and get on the right track as the playoffs quickly approach.
Tough Month Ahead for the Bills
The Bills look to get back on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos tonight and then embark on a tough stretch of games to test just how good they are. Following the Broncos, the Bills will host division rival New York Jets before going on the road to face the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
Win or lose, a lot is going to be learned about the Bills, and they will be able to look back at Murray’s called meeting to see if they responded to the moment or not.