Leonard Floyd Describes Denver’s Missed FG as “Miscommunication” and His Role as the 12th Man

If Leonard Floyd had not been on the field for Monday night’s game, the Bills would have beaten the Broncos 22-21. This would have given the Bills a 6-4 record instead of 5-5, and Ken Dorsey would likely still be the team’s offensive coordinator.

Floyd was the 12th man on Wil Lutz’s 41-yard field goal attempt that went wide right, and his penalty gave the Broncos another opportunity. The Broncos kicker made the 36-yarder on the final play.

According to Floyd, the mishap was just a communication issue, plain and simple. He stated, “Got to be better. We’ll be better. Plain and simple, just miscommunication.” (Source: The Buffalo News)

During Russell Wilson’s final kneel-down, the Bills’ dime defense was on the field, and while the clock was running, the team sent out its field goal block unit. Although six players came onto the field, only five left. With no timeouts left, the Bills couldn’t have stopped the play even if they had noticed the extra player.

Regarding the blame, Floyd expressed, “A loss is a loss. People try to find ways to blame this guy, that guy, but I ain’t really sweating it. It’s all football, man.” He emphasized the need to correct the mistakes and be better in the next game.

The Bills chose to keep their entire starting defense on the field for Lutz’s 40-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half, yet special teams coordinator Matthew Smiley opted to send out the kick block unit before the final play of the game.

Coach Sean McDermott explained, “At the end of the game, there’s two schools of thought. Either you do the same and rush with your defense or you try and get your block, your max-rush unit out there. And that’s what coach tried to do. And unfortunately, a certain amount went in and not the equivalent came out, and so we ended up with one too many.”


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