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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Taylor: 'If you wanted to run, then call a run'

Tyrod Taylor defended himself in an interview with The Buffalo News against criticism for his part in a crucial goal-line decision against Jacksonville in the Bills’ playoff loss last month. The play was a run-pass option, and he opted to throw a fade to Kelvin Benjamin, resulting in an offensive pass interference call.

"If you wanted to run, then call a run," Taylor said. "When you get the option and you're given the opportunity of doing either one, and if it doesn't happen, then people say to (do the opposite). I'm not going to go back and forth as to what you should do in that situation. That day, against Jacksonville, we really didn't get a lot going in the running game, but you would expect Shady (McCoy) to get a yard there, but like I said, the called play was an option to do either or and we did one. It was just unsuccessful. We had an opportunity to (run), I had both hands on the ball. It was just an unfortunate situation that a PI was called."

Taylor’s future: Taylor also said he would like to remain the quarterback of the Bills next season but will not take another pay cut. “That’s not really part of the plan right now,” he said at the Super Bowl media center while promoting designer eyeglass frames.

The Eagles’ mistake: The New York Daily News reported that the Philadelphia Eagles considered their move to trade running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills in 2015 a mistake and made efforts to get him back. Philadelphia “tried to get McCoy back in a deal with Buffalo through back-channel intermediaries,” the Daily News reported.

But the Eagles didn’t get him back, and now, he’s appreciative of the fans in his new home. “There’s nothing like Bills fans,” McCoy wrote for The Players’ Tribune.


Carpenter to retire: After 33 years with the team, Bills trainer Bud Carpenter is retiring. “How lucky am I to be 31, 32, 33 years in the same occupation and not have to move?” Carpenter said. “How many people can say that in the world of sports, let alone any walk of society?"

From Buffalo to the Bowl: Buffalo native Steven Means, now a defensive end for Philadelphia, will realize his childhood dream on Sunday: He’ll be playing in the Super Bowl. His father had a 27-year career with the Buffalo Fire Department.

Wood on the Wall? Jim Kelly thinks so. The Bills legend told Jim Rome on Thursday that Wood should be included on the Bills’ Wall of Fame, right next to another all-time great Bills center: Kent Hull.

White responds to Gronk: After Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dismissed a question from The News’ Jerry Sullivan this week about his controversial hit earlier this season on Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White, the Bills cornerback responded on Twitter. “Wonder what was going thru his head when [Jacksonville’s Barry] Church layed that boom on em,” White wrote.

Schwartz on the Bills: As he prepares for the Super Bowl, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz – who held that job with the Bills in 2014 – said his year in Buffalo is something he and his family will “remember for the rest of our lives and we’ll cherish those memories.”

Listen: With the Super Bowl being in Minnesota this year, Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester from Buffalo Sports Page discussed on the Daily Drive Podcast the last time the game was played in the Twin Cities – when the Bills faced Washington.

Cousins expects free agency: Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins expects to become a free agent after his team’s surprising trade with Kansas City for former Chiefs signal caller Alex Smith.

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