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NFL Coach Equates Playing in Inclement Weather to Soldiers at War: ‘We Have to Perform Just Like They Do’

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott really stepped in it over the weekend when he seemingly equated his players competing in inclement weather to the experiences of soldiers in combat.

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At halftime of the Bills’ game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a CBS sideline reporter asked McDermott how his team prepares to play during a snowstorm, and the analogy didn’t go over too well.

“You never know what the conditions are, what you’re going to get, no different than our military people in terms of what they go through. We have to perform just like they do,” the coach said.

You read that correctly: McDermott said football players “perform just like” U.S. servicemen and women do in combat situations.

The response on social media hasn’t been good for McDermott:

McDermott’s comment was certainly out of line, and its timing is unfortunate, to boot.

Comparing football players in the snow to the troops seems like a little bit of a stretch here

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In early December, it was reported that the NFL is shortchanging military charities by shifting money to social justice causes in seeming hopes of appeasing the players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness about perceived racial injustice in America.

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  1. Ted

    December 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I think his reply is more nuanced than he’s being given credit for. Football is the only outdoor sport that doesn’t get cancelled for lousy weather. BAseball, Golf, Tennis, Don’t remember a Soccer game played in a snowstorm.
    I believe what he meant was the military does their job regardless of weather and so do football players. I doubt he was comparing fighting a battle in war to adults playing a kids game.
    ANd I’m a Vet. I took no offense.
    If truth be told, I have no clue who this guy is. THe BILLS have been in the basement for so long no one pays attention to them. conference. I have to give him a pass on this one–MEDIA HYPE looking for CLICKS!

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