You knew it would happen at some point. Every year coaches send players on vacation before training camp praying they behave themselves. Unfortunately, Sean McDermott’s prayers were not answered on Monday when it was revealed DT Adolphus Washington was arrested over the weekend on gun charges.
After the entire fan base let out a collective “here we go again”, my thoughts immediately turned to the new regime, wondering how Brandon Bean and McDermott will handle this situation. It’s the first test of their “character comes first” approach to building a team.
It wouldn’t surprise me if they decide to part ways with Washington, a questionable pick in the first place. Washington didn’t have much of a rookie year in Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense, one he is better suited to play than McDermott’s 4-3 based scheme. His lack of productivity (2.5 sacks, 21 tackles in 2016) combined with a scheme change is not likely to help his cause.
This is where the rubber meets the road for the new regime. Out to prove they can instill a culture change at One Bills Drive, McDermott and Beane now have a chance to prove they mean what they say. Swift action to rid the team of the “me first” attitude that has dogged the Bills over the years, even at the expense of losing a third round draft pick will be necessary for fans to ‘BILLieve’ this regime means what it says about the importance of character.
While losing a player because of character issues is rarely a plus for any team initially, a risk/benefit analysis must be done in these types of situations. What do the Bills risk by releasing a depth player who is no longer a good fit in their scheme?
Washington was drafted with the hope that he could eventually replace Kyle Williams who is getting up in years. After a forgettable rookie year, that goal now looks out of reach (as if it was attainable in the first place, sigh). Beane and McDermott now have an opportunity to show the world they mean what they say about the importance of “team first” and behaving like responsible adults.
So… what say you, BillsMafia? How do you expect Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott to respond to their first “character issue” on their team? Unless there are mitigating circumstances yet to be revealed, I’ll be surprised if Washington is on the Bills roster for training camp. Let us know your thoughts about the situation in the comment section.