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Stevie Johnson's got no time for talk of 'moral victories'

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills' record in Stevie Johnson's five-plus seasons with the team is 32-57.

You can understand, then, why Johnson has little patience for any talk of "moral victories," including after the latest loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Yesterday was frustrating because we felt like we had the game. We controlled the game, and we ended up coming out with another loss," Johnson said this morning. "If you're not frustrated about that, then you shouldn't even be in this locker room right now. You should be filled up with fire, ready to go at it next Sunday, so that's how I feel right now.

"No moral victory at all. At all. That's all it is is a lost opportunity." 

Johnson had little interest in listening to any of the ready-made excuses the Bills could use for their 3-6 start, namely the multitude of injuries the team has suffered.

"Man, it's the same-old story. Injuries are injuries. Enough. Enough of that," he said. "We're out there suited up, so nobody should be talking about injuries. If you out there, you out there, man. Enough of that injury talk. I'm tired of that.

"We in the NFL. We professionals. We're not high school football players. We've been through a lot, through college, through junior college, high school, all that stuff. ... Right now you play for the Buffalo Bills. It's no excuse for games like that. We gotta take advantage of teams like that. I felt like we didn't."

Johnson was open on the play that has received the most attention from Sunday's 23-13 loss -- the interception thrown by rookie undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown by Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith.

"I shook him, he almost fell. He basically fell into an interception, and that was it," Johson said. "At the end of the day, you know, I'm just happy that me and my coach went over the film and we knew exactly what the look was going to be. That just gives me more confidence to watch more film with the coach, extra film, and go at it on Sunday against the Steelers."

Johnson said there have been times this season when he's looked at the number of close games that have gotten away from the team.

"I think it's natural for somebody to look back and say, 'dang, we should have had this game, we should have done this,' but damn, I mean, I've been doing this for six years. There's no moral victories at all, it's wins and losses."


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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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