Sean McDermott and Zac Taylor hailed for amazing reaction to Damar Hamlin horror

Sean McDermott and Zac Taylor hailed for amazing reaction to Damar Hamlin horror
Sean McDermott (L) and Zac Taylor (R) were praised for their reaction to Damar Hamlin's (C) accident on field (Joshua Bessex, Emilee Chinn/Getty Images and @HamlinIsland/Twitter)

CINCINNATI, OHIO: The NFL suspended the game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, January 2, after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suddenly collapsed on the field. Although CPR was performed several times on the field before the player was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Hamlin's vital signs have returned to normal, and doctors put him to sleep to insert a breathing tube in his throat, reports his representative Jordon Rooney, but the player's condition remains critical.

​Hamlin's collapsed after he collided with Tee Higgins and then got up before passing out after a few seconds. Following the incident, players were visibly shaken after witnessing the horrific ordeal. The ESPN network reported that the NFL had given the teams five minutes to warm up before the game resumed. As a result, Bills coach Sean McDermott and Bengals coach Zac Taylor conferred and decided to call off the game.

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Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after teammate Damar Hamlin #3 collapsed following a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium on January 02, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Buffalo Bills were distraught after Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after colliding into another player
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Fans and internet users hailed both head coaches for handling the unfortunate situation like true leaders and putting their players first. One user wrote on Twitter, "Just remember this was Sean McDermott and Zac Taylor getting this game stopped. League was ready to begin after a five minute warm-up period. Coaches stepped in. Good on them." Another added, "Kudos to Sean McDermott and Zac Taylor for being the adults in the room. That's leadership and I gained a lot of respect for the Bengals coach and organization." A user stated, "Per Joe Buck, once officials gave each team 5 minutes to warm up before resuming play, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor walked across the field and consulted Bills HC Sean McDermott. Both coaches then sent their teams to their respective locker rooms. Such a classy move by Taylor."

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"I have a lot of respect for how Sean McDermott and Zac Taylor handled an incredibly difficult situation. They took charge, and thought about Damar Hamlin, and their players first. They weren’t having any part of that ‘warm up in 5 minutes, and get ready’ thought others had," a user remarked. Another user chimed, "Mcdermott and Zac Taylor did a good job of putting their teams first in this situation." "Both coaches have handle this unfortunate situation like the leaders they are. Prayers for that young man and his family," read a tweet. 

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