‘We showed we're a winning organization'
Bills Digest|February 28, 2021
Here are some highlights from head coach Sean McDermott’s season-ending press conference.
SEAN​​​​​​​ McDermott

Sean McDermott’s opening statement: Appreciate everyone and all the support this season. Obviously we’re encouraged by our season and the success that we had as an organization this year, in particular in a Covid year, can’t thank everyone enough inside the building and those Buffalo Bills employess that are outside of our building every day doing the jobs that they’re doing out there. And then just the fans, just a tremendous outpouring of support by our fan base which was phenomenal for our team. We look forward to continuing with that momentum going forward. Obviously we’re not happy and disappointed with that last game. As we move forward we have to continue to ask the tough questions of the why’s, the what if’s and the how’s of how we can improve as a football team and look at every aspect of our operation here. Traditionally I’m not one to sit around, and I know our staff isn’t either. So I think it’ll be a productive offseason for us.

Q: It’s been a challenging year, as we all know. How challenging was it for you as a leader of this team in such an unstable time?

SM: Yeah, it’s real. Going from not knowing if we were gonna have a season and if we could pull it off, all the work that went into getting training camp up and running on the front end. Making sure we’d be safe in this environment, especially not knowing back then what we didn’t know about the virus. Could we actually work together in the same room? Simple questions like that and things we took for granted before all of a sudden became challenges and tougher than expected. That then gets magnified over the course of the season, every morning waking up, filling out a questionnaire and taking a nose swab, and all of that is for good safety reasons, but it becomes another layer on top of just trying to win games. And that’s hard enough in normal years. But we’re not unlike anybody else in the NFL in terms of the challenges we had. I thought our players and our staff did a phenomenal job of managing those challenges. On one hand you feel very grateful to have the opportunity to get tested, too. At the onset of this virus, there were a lot of people out there that didn’t have the chance to get tested. So I’m grateful for that. Realizing and waking up sometimes early in the morning to positive tests, that’s another element as a head coach.

As Nate Breske and Brandon (Beane) and I all experienced, along with Kim and Terry, that was another layer of how do we handle that because you have to juggle schedules and then come back at the end of the day with safety first. For football coaches who are evaluated on winning games, sometimes that’s hard to keep the proper perspective and continue to keep your priorities in the proper order. All of that was a great challenge, but like we said at the outset, we knew that whoever had success in this year would have an asterisk next to their name as an organization, and I mean that in a good way. We showed that we’re a winning organization and that we keep and maintain safety first and we care about our people. That starts up top with Kim and Terry. I think at the end of the day, we won some games and had a successful season on the field, albeit very disappointed in the game a couple days ago.

Q: When we heard from players, Tre’Davious White said that the Chiefs are the standard and that if you want to go where you want to go, you’re going to have to beat that team. From your perspective, how close do you think you are to being at that level where you can defeat the Chiefs?

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