‘We've just got to continue to evolve'
Bills Digest|December 07, 2020
Here are some highlights from head coach Sean McDermott’s recent press conferences.
SEAN McDermott 

Q: After the win over the Patriots, you said it was an emotional win, it was emotional for the city. What did the win over Russell Wilson and the NFC leading Seattle Seahawks mean?

SM: It was a great win. Any win’s a great win in the National Football League, but let’s be honest, that’s a really good football team that we played and so were the Patriots. To take our game to where the guys took it, they earned it, they worked their butts off during the week, they were focused. I just wish our fans honestly could have enjoyed it with us.

The view locally and nationally seems to be that it was truly a statement win. What’s your view internally on the win over Seattle?

SM: It’s just another win. These are hard to come by, as I’ve said before. I appreciate the way our players played in all three phases, really complementing one another. We took care of the football, special teams got us off to a great start with his return and we stayed resilient throughout the course of the game. We knew it was going to be 60 minutes or longer just based on their success and Russell Wilson’s winning mentality.

Q: When it comes to the offense, we’ve heard a lot about taking what opposing defenses give you when it comes to that gameplan. At what point do you have to dictate and do what you want to do on offense? Where’s that balance there?

SM: It’s gonna be a healthy balance. I think we’ve done some good things offensively, quite honestly. We’ve just got to continue to evolve, continue to keep that offensive mindset on all three sides of the ball really.

Q: Looking at the big picture perspective, I think sometimes we lose sight. Everybody’s talking about what’s wrong with this, what’s wrong with that, but if you look back on your 3 1/2 seasons, you got off to a 6-2 start for the second time in the past two years and then went on to become 7-2. How far has this team come and your process come when you look back?

SM: Well, I’ll let you guys right about that as far as the overall (progress). I would say the expectation now has changed. That’s where we are. The expectation’s changed and that’s where you want to be. It becomes part of the institution, if you will — part of who we are, part of what we do and how we do things. So that’s the best thing I can say internally at this point.

Q: In your experience, how big of a hurdle has that been to change that mindset?

SM: That’s part of the goal when you take over a new program and it’s a full team effort. We’ve gotten a lot of help and it’s been a process, right? Not to throw that word out there, but it’s been a process and that’s to be expected. But I really like where we are, like how we’re positioned, and the (rest of the year) here is really the start of a new season for us here.

Q: We all know about undrafted guys who come in and make big plays, but for a guy who had more transactions than tackles in his four-plus years in the league previously, what do you make of Justin Zimmer’s persistence and what he’s done to get to the point where he makes that game-changing play against New England?

SM: My kids are just about the right age where they can watch and learn from experiences like this. To see a young man like Justin Zimmer go through what he’s gone through and to persevere and make a play like that, I think that’s a great life experience and a life story that we can all learn from and be encouraged by. I think it’s great to see.

Q: Josh Allen has talked about being willing to throw it 40 times if he has to or throw it 18 times in more of a game manager role if that’s what it takes to win. Is that just another sign of his maturity as a person and a football player and a leader?

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