McDermott: Living here now, I know what ending the drought would mean to fans

December 18, 2017

The Buffalo Bills are in a legitimate position to end their seventeen-year playoff drought.  After week fifteen’s games, the Bills, Ravens, and Titans all have 8-6 records and are fighting for two playoff spots.  There’s a lot that can happen over the next two weeks and plenty of different tie-breaker scenarios.  But one thing is certain - the Bills will head into their season finale at Miami week seventeen still alive for a postseason berth, regardless of what happens this coming Sunday in New England against the Patriots.

There’s no doubt players will be asked all week about ending the longest postseason drought in North American professional sports and what it would mean to them and their fans.  Monday it was head coach Sean McDermott who got the first crack at it during his weekly Monday press conference.

“I see the passion of this fanbase,” he told reporters.  “And living here now with my family I know what it would mean (to make the playoffs).  I see it in the players who have been here.  I see it down deep in them and what it means to them.  So I feel that.  There’s nothing more that I would want in our first year than to give them that.”

But, as McDermott usually does, he quickly turned his attention toward the next game and task at hand facing his 8-6 football team.

“That’s what we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.  “That’s why we go hard every day.  We get in early, we stay late and put in the time to earn the right to win, every week.  And this week will be no different.”

The Bills face the Patriots Sunday in Foxborough.  New England has already clinched their ninth straight AFC East title.  It’s their fifteenth divisional championship in the last seventeen years.

“We embrace whoever the NFL puts on our schedule the next week,” McDermott said.  “That’s what we’re tasked to do and that’s what we’ll do this week.”

Injury updates

Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman has officially cleared concussion protocol and cornerback EJ Gaines is still being evaluated for his knee injury.  McDermott said they will know more in a couple days regarding his status.

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