Why Hyde chose the Bills

June 09, 2017 - 11:31 am

Some may wonder why Micah Hyde, who played the first four seasons of his career for a playoff team in Green Bay, decided to sign with the Buffalo Bills this offseason; the team with the longest playoff drought in the NFL.  On Friday morning in an interview with Howard Simon on WGR, Hyde explained it was the Bills’ new head coach that sold him on coming to Buffalo.

“This guy is on a mission," Hyde said. "Since day one, the first conversation I had with him I could really see it. I wasn’t a part of these last 17 years; a lot of guys on this team weren’t a part of these last 17 years. So when we’re thinking playoffs I’m thinking, “let’s do it...” Going from Green Bay and contending for a Super Bowl every year and coming here, Sean McDermott. He is just on a mission like I said and I just can’t wait to see what this season has in store for us.”

Hyde mentioned that respect was big for him when being targeted by teams in free agency. The safety said that he loved the fact that Buffalo showed interest in him from day one. He said he was looking for good coaching, but he also wanted to be respected. But Hyde has noticed even more than that so far in being around McDermott.

“He’s just a down-to-earth, humble guy," Hyde said. "On top of that, in practices coming out in the first OTAs he’s just a motivator. Whenever he’s around in his presence, you just want to go a little bit harder and make a good play in front of him.  Its just little things like that will take us over the top and hopefully to the next level.”

Hyde is expected bring that “next level” to the Bills. With his playoff experience with the Packers he is taking it upon himself to be a leader on this defense. In his fifth season, Hyde will certainly be a mentor to the younger players in Buffalo’s secondary.

During his full interview on WGR, Hyde talks about what he expects out of himself as a leader, his role in the defense and even touches on the possibility of learning from the younger players. You can hear the entire interview with Hyde below:

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