When it comes to false starts, the Buffalo Bills have been finger-choppin' bad.
At his first practice Wednesday, interim head coach Perry Fewell gave an indication of how much tolerance he'll have for false starts. The Bills lead the NFL by far with 23 false starts, about twice the league average.
When an unnamed offensive player jumped, Fewell flipped.
"I started to cut the guy's finger off when he jumped offsides, but [trainer] Bud [Carpenter] told me I shouldn't do that," Fewell joked. "So I kind of got up in their face a little bit and just made my presence felt and just told them, 'Hey men, now it's first-and-15. We've got 5 more yards to hold instead of being first-and-10.'
"It's not acceptable. We've got to focus and we have to concentrate. That's the way we're going to get better."
I wonder what Fewell would have done had he been within range of bird-flipping Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams on Sunday.
If Fewell actually did cut off a finger for every false start, Buffalo's offensive line wouldn't be able to get into a three-point stance.
The Bills are way ahead of the rest of the league. They have committed 44 percent more false starts than the next-worst offenders. The Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions are tied for second with 16 false starts apiece. The league average is 11.8.