When the Buffalo Bills began their organized team activities this week, they had a treat for the team’s reporters. A new set of guidelines prohibited media members from noting such seemingly noteworthy on-field moments as who dropped a pass, had one intercepted or is rushing the passer.
That left many Bills reporters little choice but to post tweets that pointed out the absurdity of the teams’ new policy. Here are just of their amusing efforts:
A Bills QB just threw an interception at this Bills OTA practice. I'll give you three guesses.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) May 24, 2016
A quarterback just threw a pass and the football landed in the hands of an offensive player at today's Bills OTA practice.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 24, 2016
A former Bills running back who wore No. 34 and might be a member of the Pro Football HOF is watching practice today.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 24, 2016
A Bills quarterback with a jersey number that is the square root of 25 threw a football that missed its intended target.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 24, 2016
The last pass of day by a quarterback not named Taylor or Jones was intercepted by a player wearing a jersey with the absolute value of -50.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 24, 2016
A QB just threw a pick-six on his first pass in 11 on 11. It wasn't Taylor or Jones.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) May 24, 2016
There was another interception thrown by a QB not named Taylor or Jones, intercepted by a linebacker who wasn't so sold on the wings.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) May 24, 2016
The local reporters in Buffalo weren’t the only ones who had an issue with the Bills’ new policy. It drew national attention — and ridicule — with ESPN’s Adam Schefter calling it “draconian” and “a complete waste of time.”
Many noted that the Bills clearly didn’t mind if reporters specified who, say, caught a touchdown pass or broke off a big run, so the attempt to limit information on players’ mistakes appeared ludicrously thin-skinned and controlling. Meanwhile, one of Buffalo’s players had his own fun with it.
Not sure if I'm supposed to be tweeting this with the new media policy but since we started practice there are cookies in the lunch room.— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) May 24, 2016