McDermott: 'In Buffalo, you've got to be able to run the football'

Head coach Sean McDermott joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Monday following the Bills' latest loss tot he Colts

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October 22, 2018 - 6:34 pm

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It was an ugly overall performance from the Buffalo Bills on Sunday as they went to Indianapolis and dropped a 37-5 decision to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Bills' offense, under the direction of new quarterback Derek Anderson, turned the ball over five times on the day and only managed to get the team three points on the scoreboard. As for the defense, which had been playing very well for the few weeks prior, they got plowed over by Andrew Luck and the Colts' offense, who racked up 376 yards of total offense. Of the 376 yards given up by the Bills on Sunday, 220 of that total was in the run game.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Monday for his weekly appearance on WGR. McDermott spoke a lot about new starting quarterback Derek Anderson, as well as the team's struggles and what he wants to see from the offense.

Here is some of what he had to say: 

On if there were any positives to take from the 37-5 loss to the Colts: 

"Offensively, I saw us moving the ball at times during the game. Although it was not enough or not finishing off drives, I thought we moved the ball at times and were able to get the ball down the field at times but overall it wasn't good enough in any of the three phases."

"There were moments, but not enough to have a complete game."

On Derek Anderson's passing and timing: 

"That happens with a veteran quarterback, where he knows the progression he;s going through and can work through that process very quickly." 

On Anderson's reaction to becoming the starter after only a week with the team: 

"He was excited. He's a pro, he's been around it before, he understood there's a professional approach to it and he certainly understood that his teammate, Nate Peterman, wasn't going to be the starter. He respected that and got hard at work getting himself ready to go." 

On what kind of offense he'd like to see here in Buffalo: 

"I'd love to score 50 points a night, that would allow me to sleep a lot easier. Being realistic, balance is key. You want to be balanced but you also want to be able to attack the weakness of the defense from a matchup standpoint." 

"Let's face it, where we live, in Buffalo, you've got to be able to run the football, play blue collar football and win at the line of scrimmage. That said, as the game has evolved over the years, it's become a pass driven league. You need to be able to throw the ball from a drop back standpoint when you have to throw the ball. Whether it's two minute or third downs or the red zone, those are big parts of game." 

You can listen to McDermott's entire interview below: 

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