We’ll preface this one: Buckle up for a quick roller coaster:
While Bills fans, better known as Bills Mafia, say they don’t care about the national narrative outside of their western New York bubble… the reality is they probably care about it more than most places do.
Recently one analyst for the world-wide leader, Domonique Foxworth, made a comment toward Bills fans on the podcast hosted by another ESPN analyst, Bomani Jones, called The Right Time with Bomani Jones which caught the attention of fans. In a discussion held about Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Foxworth specifically said he enjoys when Allen fails because it bothers Buffalo fans.
Foxworth made this comment during the episode:
“I am fully aware that I have biases, and my biases are not based on Josh Allen. It’s based on the people that are defending Josh Allen. I would be 100 percent lying if I said that when Josh does something dumb, a little part of me doesn’t get happy. And it’s not because I don’t want Josh to succeed.
It’s because the people who are telling me that Josh is the second coming and Josh is better than everybody are people with American flags and dogs and skulls and crossbones. … If you go just take a dip into their tweet history, it’s some really concerning retweets and likes. … It’s not about Josh.”
Take all of that for what it’s worth and make your own conclusions. We’re not here to do that. What we’re here to do is to show what this pair of Bills players thought about it. Both Poyer and Feliciano were not happy about what was said.
Starting with the defender, Poyer, via his social media account on Twitter, went out of the way to even tag ESPN’s network account to post a… complaint. Poyer concluded his thoughts with “this ain’t it” toward Foxworth:
— Jordan poyer (@J_poyer21) December 16, 2020
Following up on his teammate’s comments, Feliciano just mentioned Foxworth in his message on Twitter. The offensive lineman took a route of bringing to light the good nature of Bills Mafia:
ay @Foxworth24 are you talking about the fans that just raise over 700k for a hospital during a pandemic? Ppl do/say the corniest things to try n get ahead
— Jonathan Feliciano (@MongoFeliciano) December 16, 2020
The growing sentiment from the fan base on social media is that the comment was said to induce them to get upset, thus bringing the spotlight on the analysts. That’s also what Feliciano suggests.
But in terms of Feliciano’s thought, mentioning the gratitude of the Buffalonians likely won’t matter much.
Both Jones and Foxworth appeared on the ESPN program Highly Questionable on Monday and brought up the topic of Allen again… but it ended with Jones saying Allen wasn’t good against the Steelers on Monday because his average distance of passes attempted by the QB was 5.5 yards.
The one opinionated spin we will provide is that the Bills won because of Allen’s shorter attempts, not in spite of them, as Jones suggested. That was a halftime adjustment made by offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. It worked.
Regardless, Bills Mafia will certainly appreciate Poyer and Feliciano for having their backs.
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