McDermott: Allen has developed and his growth is visible

Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined Jeremy and Sal for his weekly appearance on Buffalo Football Friday

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November 08, 2019 - 11:47 am
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After three straight games at the friendly confines of New Era Field in Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bills head back out on the road in search of their seventh win of the season. This week, the team will make the short travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Browns this on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

While the Bills are hoping for their seventh win of the 2019 campaign, the Browns are hoping to avoid losing their seventh game of the season. Cleveland was a team who was expected to contend for an AFC North title and possibly be a contender to go to Super Bowl LIV. However, they have struggled in the early parts of the season and will look to get back on track this week.

For Bills head coach Sean McDermott, he has the team off to its best start to s season since the 1993 season when the Bills were 7-1. Despite some struggles in the past three games against the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, the Bills are in a very good spot in the overall standings in the AFC with a return to the playoffs in sight.

McDermott joined the Howard and Jeremy Show on Friday as part of his weekly appearance on Buffalo Football Friday. He joined Jeremy White and Sal Capaccio to discuss the team's troubled run defense, the talent on the Browns offense, quarterback Josh Allen and more.

Here is some of what he had to say:

 

McDermott on cleaning up the run defense:

"It always starts with me as the head coach and then us as coaches, collectively, having the right message. Whether it's fundamentals, technique, just overall approach mindset and then the players taking that onto the field and executing at a high level."

"Corey [Liuget] is a veteran player with a lot of experience. He spent a number of years in San Diego with the Chargers, now [Los Angeles], obviously. He moved on this year, early in the year to [the Oakland Raiders] and things didn't work out there, but we signed him just as a good football player that we think might be able to help us and we'll see how the week unfolds and how he does come game day."

 

McDermott on the team staying healthy throughout the season:

"Terry and Kim [Pegula] both have done a tremendous job of giving us the resources we need to stay out in front and on the cutting edge of trends, and a lot of that has to do with their commitment with the new facility this past offseason and to get it done in a short amount of time. We feel like we want to be one of the healthiest and happiest teams in and around the NFL."

"[Staying healthy] is part of our culture as well. It's what we're driving to become and so our medical staff, our strength and conditioning staff, sports science development team, all have done a heck of a job of communicating and meeting and being collaborative in terms of each and every player's case file, if you will, and making sure that when players come to Buffalo they can become the best versions of themselves."

 

McDermott on the improvement of Josh Allen limiting interceptions in the past three games:

"He's done a really good job with that. He's worked hard in the classroom, he's worked hard on the grass, and I believe he's also doing a good job of taking what the defense is giving him at times and also using his feet. So, it's been a good blend. I think he's developed and his growth is visible, very visible, from week-to-week, and this week will be another step."

 

McDermott on facing Baker Mayfield and the Browns offensive talent:

"Going through the draft process a few years ago, going through all the quarterbacks, we spent some time with Baker. What he's been able to do through college and to this point, you see the talent and you see the ability. He certainly has a lot of weapons at his disposal, getting another one back this weekend in Kareem Hunt there. It's probably more natural than most people realize for a young player to have some ebbs and flows, he's a very good player."

 

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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