The Buffalo Bills haven't made the postseason since 1999, but it seems as though the team has figured out why they've been so terrible in recent years: the media reporting on practice. On Tuesday, the Bills announced a new, much stricter policy for members of the media, which prohibits them from actually reporting on key plays in practice.
Reporters are no longer allowed to share when a quarterback throws an interception, or when a receiver drops a pass, or say who's rushing the passer on a given play. Here's an excerpt of the policy from Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News.
Here are two excerpts from the Bills' new media policy. pic.twitter.com/m7vgFi92Yd— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) May 24, 2016
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Understandably, beat writers were not thrilled about the new policy. Because, well, who would be? The Cowboys announced a similar policy last year, too, limiting social media use for reporters. It's essentially preventing them from doing their jobs, while also cutting down on the amount of information fans get about their team.
Here are some of the best reactions, including a few crafty tweets to adhere to the rules.
And now to open practice, let's hear it for your Buffalo Bills! pic.twitter.com/iKjSWg1yjG— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) May 24, 2016
I think I had more access to Donald Trump's rally a few weeks ago than I have to Bills practice today https://t.co/46XOoG79f2— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) May 24, 2016
I'm also having trouble confirming whether the Bills are holding OTAs today. Not allowed to talk about it. https://t.co/CZY0bbGSBi— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 24, 2016
If Bills prohibit "interceptions" and "dropped passes" from being reported, then "touchdowns" and "catches" will not be reported, either.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 24, 2016
A former Bills running back who wore No. 34 and might be a member of the Pro Football HOF is watching practice today.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 24, 2016
Ridiculous. No reporter should adhere to this nonsense. Bills media: Text me INTs, drops, etc. I'll tweet them https://t.co/1nuXH7OnV3— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 24, 2016
A wide receiver just dropped a pass at practice. Don't worry. We won't say who.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) May 24, 2016
A QB just threw a pick-six on his first pass in 11 on 11. It wasn't Taylor or Jones.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) May 24, 2016
WR Gary Chambers almost got run over by S Jonathan Dowling during 7on7s. A QB with the same number as the drill threw the ball #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) May 24, 2016
A Bills QB just threw an interception at this Bills OTA practice. I'll give you three guesses.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) May 24, 2016
The Bills will surely take a huge step forward and reach the Super Bowl with this new policy in place.