Inside The Bills

It’s about mental toughness

Posted by Chris Brown on January 30, 2012 – 12:33 pm

Stevie Johnson appeared on a Sacramento radio station late last week and espoused on several things concerning his career, the 2011 season and the Bills. When asked what led to their seven-game slide out of playoff contention last fall, Johnson couldn’t nail down on thing specifically, but believes there is one area where the team has to absolutely improve as a group.

“I can’t really put my finger on it,” Johnson told 1140 The FAN Sportsradio in Sacramento. “It’s not from injury or any changes in game plan or what the defense had done. It’s one of those things that happened in a season.  Guys were still working hard. We still had guys showing up after practice after three losses and we felt we could still make the playoffs. It’s something that happens and we have to build up some more mental toughness and get over those bad stretches. The good teams they get over it fast. After one loss or two losses they’re already over it, bouncing back and getting those ‘W’s’. So it’s just mental toughness I guess. That’s what we have to work on.”

Johnson believes the collective mental toughness of the Bills just wasn’t strong enough last season and was part of what allowed the losing streak to stretch so long.

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