Sean McDermott’s day-after-game Zoom conference calls with reporters don’t often produce many wow moments, but there was one that caught everyone’s attention Monday afternoon.
The Buffalo Bills coach said that center Mitch Morse did not play in the game against the Arizona Cardinals because it was a coach’s decision, and not because he was still feeling the lingering effects of the concussion he suffered early in the Patriots game on Nov. 1.
“He was healthy, coach’s decision right there,” McDermott said. “We know Mitch is a good player and just felt like for that week, meaning last week, we felt like we had at least some momentum with the group we had had in when Mitch went down and wanted to take a look at it one more week there.”
Pressed further and asked directly whether Morse was benched, McDermott said, “He was not benched. That lineup will be determined every week.”
Well, if Morse was healthy enough to make the trip to Arizona, and was healthy enough to take up one of the 48 active spots on the game day roster, yet joined backup quarterback Matt Barkley as the only players who didn’t play a single snap, that seems like a benching.