McDermott: 'Our play yesterday was very aggressive and controlled'

The Bills head coach joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Monday to discuss Sunday's big win over the Vikings

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September 24, 2018 - 5:17 pm

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Sunday was certainly an impressive win for head coach Sean McDermott and the Buffalo Bills.

After getting embarrassed in the first two weeks of the season by the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers, the Bills responded with a dominant 27-6 performance against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Bills were firing on all cylinders on Sunday, dominating the Vikings' defense with Josh Allen under center while the defense got pressure to Kirk Cousins and made it a difficult afternoon for him.

McDermott took the time on Football Monday to join Mike Schopp and the Bulldog for his weekly visit on WGR. The second-year head coach talked about the state of his team right now, as well as the impressive showing of his team on the road in Minnesota.

Here is some of what he had to say:


McDermott on the main point taken from Sunday:

"There's some motivation baked in when it's relevant, but for right now it's just about developing."


McDermott on what fueled the win:

"I thought we had a really good week of practice. I was happy mostly for the coaches and players."


McDermott on what resonates most with him:

"The Josh [Allen] hurdle will stay with me for awhile. I'm just happy he stayed healthy through that. What else stood out was how fired up he was after the play.  It showed he meant business, and we meant business."


McDermott on Allen's intensity:

"The biggest thing is that it's completely genuine. I want all of our players to go out and be themselves. We give them a lot of space to show their true personalities. It's about having fun and it should be fun."


McDermott on Allen's overall day under center:

"He did a good job. I thought he generated offense all day, from play fakes, throwing the ball downfield, moving the pocket and moving his feet effectively. He did some good things, but there's certainly a lot yet to learn."


McDermott on the notable penalty called on Tre White:

"I was pretty fired up; that's my personality whether I show that a lot or not. We're looking for consistency so the players know how that will be officiated. We're waiting for an explanation as we speak... We want our corners to be able to hit and tackle properly. I thought Tre did that."


McDermott on his ideal team mentality:

"I want an aggressive football team. Sometimes that'll happen. You don't ever want to see someone get hurt because of poor technique, but I thought our play yesterday was very aggressive and controlled."


McDermott on his game ball choice:

"Leslie [Frazier] coached out there for a few years. There's an emotional side of that, and I was extremely happy for Leslie and his family."


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