Phillip Buchanon Says Benching Was Coaches Decision

Three weeks ago, when he filled in for starting cornerback Carlos Rogers against Tennessee, veteran Phillip Buchanon said, "I know I'm a starter." But in Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Giants, Rogers was out again, and Buchanon was benched in the second half, replaced by second-year corner Kevin Barnes. "No comment on that," Buchanon said. "That's the coaches' decision." Asked if he thought his play slipped Sunday, he said: "I'm just playing football. Things happen." Buchanon said he spent the second half, when he did not play a snap, working with Barnes, who played more extensively than he had at any point in his career. "What I do is I just go out there and try to help the team the best way I can," Buchanon said. "Like I said, that was a coaches' decision. They made the decision. It is what it is."

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