‘Guys have showed their character'
Bills Digest|November 15, 2020
Here are some highlights from head coach Sean McDermott’s recent press conferences.
SEAN McDermott

Q: For Tremaine Edmunds’s career he’s only had 15 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and no fumble recovers. That’s a long way of asking, do you need bigger and more impact plays from a player who’s generally right in the middle of everything as part of your defense?

SM: Yes.

Q: How does he get that? Because it seems like this year he just seems to be a tentative player. I know he’s got the shoulder injury, but it just doesn’t seem like he’s reacting and diagnosing. Is that part of the problem?

SM: Well, I think it just starts with understanding and then clarity for him in being decisive more than anything. You’ve got to be decisive and at the end of the day you may not be perfect, but this is not a perfect game. There’s certain times when technique’s involved, there’s certain times when it’s recognition, and there’s other times when you’ve just got to blow things up. You create your own opportunities through playing through the system, through film study and getting more and more comfortable and so now it’s to take another step this week and the weeks ahead as we move forward as a team and he moves forward on impacting our defense and impacting the game.

Q: Part of the narrative has been that even before the shoulder injury he has struggled in the past at shedding blocks. Do you see that as one of the issues, maybe? He gets guys on him and he can’t get rid of them?

SM: I’m not going to get into all the details of it, into the weeds. I certainly respect your question. I think the biggest thing is Tremaine’s aware of it and he’s working extremely hard right now to improve his game and that’s what we’re here to do as coaches as well. Sometimes things like this happen and we have to continue to work, develop players as coaches and that’s as much on me as anyone. The great part about it is Tremaine’s committed to working through it and he did have the injury and now we’re getting healthier and we expect, really, for him to come out of this flying high with a great season through the rest of the season here.

Q: Corey Bojorquez has really punted the ball well this year, his hang time is good, and I think he has the No. 1 and 2 longest punts in the league this year, 72 and 71 yards. You guys have had punters come in and out. Can you tell us what you’ve seen from Corey with his growth and how he’s been able to get it really on track here?

SM: Yeah, the consistency’s been the biggest thing, and he’s had more of it this year. Still looking for that to solidify itself and that’s a commitment from his end to that effect. But we’ve been encouraged to this point where he’s at and what he’s done with more room, more football to be played and more punts for him to be had and just the urgency he continues with, that urgent approach.

Q: Overall with the big picture on special teams, I know you set out in the offseason to improve there, statistically you have, whether it’s punt coverage or things like that, maybe it’s gone a bit under the radar. Can you tell us why you think the special teams have been pretty good so far this season at least?

SM: Yeah, I was very impressed with our performance on Monday night against Kansas City against a very good special teams unit and a coach that I’ve worked with in Philadelphia in Dave Toub and that was a big challenge and I thought we outplayed them. Now it’s, hey, we know what we can do on special teams with that unit. Let’s do it every week. Let’s be consistent with it, that same hunger, that same attitude.

Q: What have you seen from guard Ike Boettger in order to keep him around these past couple of years and have him in a position as a top backup along the offensive line?

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