Micah Hyde has a message to the rest of the league: Pay attention to what Sean McDermott is doing

January 3, 2018
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Micah Hyde hasn’t been a part of a seventeen year playoff drought.  Or a seven year drought.  Even a one year playoff drought.  The Bills’ safety has drank from an ocean of playoff water his entire career, making it to the postseason in each of his first five seasons in the league, starting in 2013 and through 2016 with the Green Bay Packers.  

Now, in 2017, he’s going again with the Bills.

You might think Hyde would be so used to playoff football by now that making it in again would be like any other year, any other situation.

Yet, here he was, right in front of the television in the Bills’ locker room, jumping on top of someone’s shoulders, yelling and going crazy with the rest of his teammates right after Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton hit Tyler Boyd with the touchdown pass that essentially ended the Bills’ seventeen year playoff drought.

What about this experience made it as, or even more special than any of the previous four times Hyde got into the postseason?

“Because each year, that year in the league, it's a new team,” he told me while standing in front of his locker Wednesday as the Bills get ready to face the Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card game Sunday in Jacksonville.  “You learn so much about these guys, and coming here and kind of going through the transition that I did and kind of being frustrated at the beginning - not with the team - but just with the whole free agency thing, and it's just a blessing in disguise, it really is, coming here and learning a lot about these guys.

“And knowing the rich history that the Bills have, but not being to the playoffs in the last seventeen years, that's been just a monkey on our shoulder the whole year. We went through a bunch of ups and downs. We had a three game skid that we stuck together. We really did. Everybody on the outside was doubting us and killing us in the media and doing all that. We stuck together, and being in that locker room after the game was one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had in my life. To see all the smiles on everybody's face. Seeing Kyle (Williams) and his kids being in there. Sean McDermott, his first season, just so much going on on this football team that to be able to sit together and get into the playoffs just was so exciting, and this is ten times better than any other experience.”

Hyde was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round in 2013.  He started 49 games over four years in Green Bay, then hit free agency this past March.  There’s a persistent thought amongst fans and media around the country that players don’t want to come to Buffalo.  They don’t want to play a small market for an organization that has had such little success.  But Hyde was different.  The Toledo, Ohio native was the Bills’ main target when free agency opened and signed a five-year, $30.5 million contract with the team. 

Hyde may have been one of the first really talented free agents McDermott brought to Buffalo, but he’s confident he won’t be the last.  And had a message to anyone else who thinks this shouldn’t be a prime destination.

“I tell you what,” he said.  “It's the biggest city I've lived in. I love Buffalo man, from the from the food to the community. I love every bit of it. Obviously it snows a lot but, you know, that's not a problem. I'm a Midwest guy.

“But I think Sean McDermott is, I'm not just saying this because he's my coach now, he's going to change this place. He already has. He's already been on a mission with this place and my message to the the rest of the league is 'pay attention to what he's doing.' You want to talk bad about Buffalo? 'I don't want to go to Buffalo?' I said the same thing. But once you get here you understand that this guy means business. He's really going to change (things), he's going to bring in some guys, and we're all excited for what he's done and what he's about to do because he is the real deal, for real.”

 

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