McDermott feels good about the guys in the building

September 6, 2019

The 2019 NFL regular season kicked off on Thursday with the Green Bay Packers claiming victory in the first game of the year over the Chicago Bears.

The Buffalo Bills are getting set to kick off their season on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey with a matchup against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Buffalo is hoping to get back to the playoffs after missing out in the 2018 season, but also hoping for some substantial improvement from the 6-10 finish last season. While the defense will have 10 of the 11 starters returning from last season, the offense underwent quite an overhaul with the goal of providing some weapons and protection for second-year quarterback Josh Allen.

The preseason couldn't have gone any better for the Bills as they finished with a 4-0 record for the first time in franchise history. However, that all changes once the bullets start to fly during the regular season.

The man leading the charge in his third season with the Bills is head coach Sean McDermott. He joined the Howard and Jeremy Show on Friday for the first of his weekly appearances on WGR.

Here is some of what he had to say:


McDermott on the make up of a team heading into a new season:

"It differs every year. Every team and every year is different. The personalities are what make up a team. The people are what make up a team. That's why that putting a team together every year is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, and sometimes without the box top. It's a challenge. We feel good about the guys we have in the building, and I think what you'll see and what you've seen to this point is a team that likes to play together. They play as a team, and they understand the value of putting the team first... I'm happy to be part of this group of men and this staff in the organization. We have a great organization, and we're excited for the season."


McDermott on Josh Allen heading into his second year:

"We noticed early on when he came back to us in the spring a different level of maturity. It was evident early on that he had worked on his technique, he had worked on his body. He put time in when he wasn't with us in the offseason, and a better understanding of the offensive system. Also, with adding some offensive pieces around him, most importantly our offensive line, we feel that he's taken steps in the right direction."


McDermott on the versatility of his offensive line:

"Our hands was forced [a little bit] due to some injuries in the spring and in preseason to move pieces around, which was not ideal. But you look at it from an opportunity standpoint, what we were able to come out with was moveable parts. Guys have played different positions now, and if it happens during the season, we're able to move people in and out. Also, I think within that it built some resiliency and some toughness. not that they weren't tough guys to begin with, but it just hardened us up a little bit up front, which is a good thing."


McDermott on Cody Ford's position on the offensive line:

"We feel good about Cody at both [right guard and right tackle]. He's been extremely resilient and mentally tough as we've moved him in and out of both positions. Some due to injury, some wanting to see where he's best suited for. We feel good about both positions. Cody is extremely tough. Extremely mentally tough, as well as physically tough, and he's off to a great start as a rookie."


McDermott on his rookies on the roster:

"The thing with young guys is they bring you great energy. They certainly add to our team, and I feel good about the crop we've had to this point. But there is no substitute, whether it's your job, my job or their job, for experience. We hope they can learn from each and every game as they continue to grow and adopt that growth mindset."


McDermott on facing Le'Veon Bell on Sunday:

"It's a little bit unique from the standpoint that he hasn't played in quite some time. Within that, I'm sure he'll be fresh and chomping at the bit. From what we remember of him, because he has not played in the preseason, is extreme lateral quickness, great vision, great patience, and an ability to break tackles. It'll be a good challenge for us."


You can listen to the entire interview below: