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Let it snow? Holy Happy Hour...
Isaiah McKenzie's spot with us last week sure has made waves, eh? The Bengals aren't happy. We examined his thoughts in full context with Friday's column.
You never know what will ignite the masses, eh?
A week ago, Isaiah McKenzie hung out Go Long subscribers on our Go Long Happy Hour and said… many, many things. He explained his Buffalo exit. He meticulously dissected his usage (or lack thereof) in the offense. He poignantly explained why fans shouldn’t worry about tweets from Stefon Diggs. He was hilarious, as always, suggesting that he’d like to livestream the birth of his first child.
And at one point during the 83-minute session, yes, McKenzie said it would’ve been “a totally different game” against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC divisional playoff round if they played in a dome. This one-liner has since been aggregated to the high heavens and the Bengals aren’t pleased. Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd both shared thoughts on Twitter. On one hand, it’s silly because McKenzie was actually giving the Bengals credit. His point? Buffalo’s routes took too long to develop in the snow. Gone was the short passing attack under Brian Daboll; in was Ken Dorsey’s propensity to take shots downfield. Timing was thrown off.
Cincy, meanwhile, did whatever it wanted. Surgically.
Here’s our exchange on the Happy Hour:
Personal opinion? The Bengals would’ve beaten Buffalo anywhere that day. Orchard Park. Cincinnati. The moon. The game probably would’ve been closer on a fast track, but the Bengals were the ascending team in that moment; the Bills were descending. For many reasons, obviously.
And the fact that the Bills’ pyrotechnic offense looked so sluggish in that 27-10 loss was emblematic of a bigger problem Dorsey needs to address this season as the offensive coordinator. GM Brandon Beane and the Bills front office were busy reloading the talent pool. All on a tight budget, too. Now, it’s a matter of evolving from a boom-or-bust operation. For our Packers readers, I also touched on Joe Barry. A handful of coordinators —Dorsey, Barry, Todd Monken and Brian Flores — could decide the 2023 NFL season.
For those seeking analysis on a topic that has folks abuzz — and what it means for the 2023 Buffalo Bills — here’s the column, icymi:
Over at the Go Long Podcast, I hit record to explain a little deeper, too. That’s available everywhere you pod, including Apple, Spotify and Prime. And while we’re talking Bills, here are related posts:
Thanks for reading, all.
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