‘We'll be the hunted team in the AFC East'
Bills Digest|February 28, 2021
Here are some highlights from general manager Brandon Beane’s season-ending press conference.

Q: This season was obviously a very successful one for your team. How does this season change the bar, or the expectations moving forward?

BB: Back to back seasons with the playoffs, which is good. That’s a start to what I refer to as sustained success. We won the AFC East so we’ll obviously be the hunted team in that division. I think people will refer to us, this team played in the AFC Championship. We’re gonna get people’s best, we know that. Next year is a new year though. Nothing we did will matter when we start this offseason or when we start camp. Every team’s built up with new players so we’ll have to hit the reset button. We’ve got a lot of work to do to try and get this thing going and build a team that can earn its way back to where we were and hopefully further.

Q: Josh Allen took a huge step obviously this season. What are your thoughts on potentially working on a long-term extension with him this offseason?

BB: You know I don’t get into contracts, but it’s a fair question since I’m very proud of Josh. What I would say about him is I know he’s his own worst critic. Even though he had a great year just like he did last year, he kind of led out exit meeting. He went through what he’s got to do and he knows. He’s so driven, we’ve got to get Josh to power down and just reset. But he’s gonna come back, using Sean’s words, humble and hungry. I’m very proud of him and he’s shown people what he can do in this league and I don’t think he’s reached his ceiling, I think there’s still growth for him.

Q: Going off of that with Josh, he said recently that he felt he proved that the Bills didn’t make a mistake in drafting him. What are some of your biggest takeaways from the steps and the growth this season? And what do you think he really proved this year?

BB: I think this year he really played well against various defenses. I think last year, some of the press-man (coverage) ... it wasn’t just him, some of our receivers didn’t necessarily get open, maybe he didn’t make the right reads, maybe he felt the pressure. I thought he really showed well against that. I thought also in most of the games, he had a couple games where he didn’t, but in most of the games when teams didn’t give him the deep ball — the home run ball that he does like to throw — he checked it down a lot and just took what they gave him and was willing just to hit that 10-, 11-, 12-play drive for points, and just understanding what the defense is giving us, how he’s being played, and understanding the game. You go back to that New England game from a year ago when he had all those turnovers, one of the big things we talked to Josh about was some games we don’t need you to score 30. Some are going to be a defensive struggle and we just want to possess the ball, play field position, let our defense get them backed up and get the ball on the plus-50 and then go get points. I think he learned it’s just another phase of complementary football. He did a lot of great things this year and we don’t have the success we had, not only as an offense but as a team without what number 17 did.

Q: We’ve heard players talk about how if you want to get to where you want to go as a team, you’ve got to beat the Chiefs. They’re the standard right now in your conference. How close do you think this team is to taking that next step and beating a team like Kansas City?

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