McDermott: "There are no moral victories"

December 20, 2017

Don’t look for Sean McDermott to take any solace in keeping Tom Brady from throwing any touchdown passes against his defense three weeks ago.  Or even in holding him to under 260 yards passing and getting an interception.  

The Bills still fell to the Patriots, and that’s all that matters to their head coach.

“We lost the game,” he told reporters Wednesday afternoon, referring back to that 23-3 Patriots’ victory in Orchard Park. “It’s about winning and losing. It’s about winning football games, that’s what we’re here to do. We’re not here for moral victories.”

The Bills enter the game at 8-6 and with legitimate playoff aspirations.  A win against New England will help their chances of ending a seventeen year postseason drought.  But to beat Brady and the Patriots in Foxborough, McDermott knows it will take an even better performance than the one they turned in earlier this month.

“He’s a phenomenal player, the best ever,” he said about Brady. “You’ve heard me say before, they’re the defending world champions. We have a lot of work to do. We have to make sure we make proper adjustments throughout the game. We did some good things in the game, I don’t want to look past that. We did some good things. But, we’re here to win the game, and that’s what we’re working to do.”

Although it could put them in a better position depending upon other results around the league this weekend, due to the way tie-breaker formulas work, the game this Sunday at New England doesn’t appear to be quite as important to the Bills’ playoff chances as the finale next week at Miami.

But McDermott wasn’t about to even entertain that thought when asked about it prior to Wednesday’s practice.

“No, good try,” he responded. “No, c’mon. Every game is important. We have a healthy respect for this opponent and every game.”

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