The curious case of the Buffalo Bills’ final 13 seconds against the Kansas City Chiefs continues.
However, special teams ace Taiwan Jones did open up on the topic during an interview with the About The Game Podcast. At first, not much different was offered.
“Without getting too much into it, it was just communication issues,” Jones, who was out on the field during the kickoff, said. “It was a big factor that there was miscommunication.”
That sounded similar to Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott. All McDermott would say following the 13-second incident is that “execution” did not happen.
Continuing, Jones does not say anything too jarring. Although, he did allude to the fact that what happened… maybe wasn’t supposed to happen.
Jones referenced that he was expecting to have an opportunity to make a play
“And that happened. Me being on the kickoff team, I was looking forward to that moment,” Jones said.
“When you on special teams, you don’t really get in the spotlight or nothing like that. So that was a key moment for special teams guys where it’s like, ‘oh, we can make a difference in this game.’ To not get that chance it was like, ‘ooooh.’ And then for it to happen like that? It was just like [exasperated breath],” Jones added.
Again, Jones does not directly say that kicker Tyler Bass was not supposed to kick a touchback as he did. But by “not getting a chance to make a play,” one can assume Jones was referencing something else was supposed to go down.
Perhaps a squib kick, or Jones at least expected the ball was going to be in the field of play.
But have at it for yourself. Here’s the segment referenced via Bills Wire‘s Bradley Gelber:
Interesting to hear #Bills Special Teams Captain, Taiwan Jones, discuss the squib debate at the end of the KC playoff game on a recent podcast. “Without getting too much into it… it’s just communication issues.”
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) February 18, 2022