Stevie Johnson Charges It To The Swag

So the Bills lost yesterday and that made me sad, but at this point the season is pretty much a lost cause so I wanted to bring up some pretty noteworthy things that happened in yesterdays game. First of all, Stevie Johnson owned Darrelle Revis, arguably the best CB in the NFL. He had 8 catches for 75 yards and continuously got open on Revis with shifty, hard to dissect routes. He was reliable and resiliant all throughout the game, giving Fitz a target in a must win game for the Bills.

Which brings me to the two points I want to make about Stevie Johnson. The guy is fun and obviously loves what he is doing for a living. His celebrations and antics have been fun over the years and yesterday was not an exception. To any non-Jets fans his celebration yesterday was nothing short of gold. First, he pulls out the guns and fake shoots himself in the leg, poking fun at Plaxico Burress’ arrest two years ago. Then he punked the annoying and repetitive Santonio Holmes “Jet” TD celebration. Stevie did the patented “Jet” celebration and proceeded to crash and burn the jet, falling to the ground. That was awesome and funny and to Bob Costas and Dustin Keller and everybody else who took things way too seriously, calm down bro. Plax didn’t even care, he just took a nice jab at Stevie to the press in the post-game saying “I’ve seen worse, and I’ve heard worse, so, it doesn’t bother me at all. The result I’m looking at is we won the football game.” All of that netted Stevie a 15 yard penalty, which resulted in a bullshit kick by Dave Raynor, which led to a Jets touchdown that should have never happened had the ball been kicked off correctly. The penalty was dumb, yes. But that did not cost them the TD, the awful kick was. Maybe the celebration was too much, but by no means did it cost the Bills the game like Stevie and several media outlets have been saying.

But Stevie, after that gem of a celebration you went on to shoot yourself…again. You had one sure drop, and one potential drop that could have and should have won the game for the Bills. The first one was bad…real bad. Like on the level of his drop in the Steelers game last season bad. If he catches it, maybe he gets to the end zone, maybe he doesn’t, but a guy in a contract year who wants to be paid like a #1 receiver, NEEDS to make that catch. It is totally inexcusable to drop it. Now the guy is developing a reputation to drop the big catches blah blah. Maybe it’s a fair assumption that he just isn’t clutch and doesn’t have that killer instinct, but you still NEED to make that catch. I was watching it in my friends basement and there was a collective “WHAT THE F*CK! CATCH THE F*CKING BALL!” screamed by everyone in attendance.

Maybe it’s not the Bills year, but after the promising start and wins over the Patriots and Eagles, this year felt like it may have been different. But it wasn’t. Just another brutal year like 2008’s 5-1 start, that just gives you hope and promise and kicks you square in the face when it falls apart. In the end of it, I don’t have any problem with Stevie’s celebration, but I do have a problem how he didn’t finish the game. You celebrate like that in the first half, get a 15 yard penalty, you catch those balls at the end and you win the f*cking game for your team. End of story. Stevie Johnson charged it to the SWAG once again, for better or for worse.