McDermott: 'There's an overall optimism about where we are as a team'

The Bills head coach met with the media for his end-of-season press conference

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December 31, 2018 - 5:58 pm

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Season No. 2 is officially in the books for Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott.

After a 9-7 record in 2017 and an overdue playoff berth, McDermott's Bills took a step back and fell to 6-10 in 2018. While the team did fall back in the standings, it didn't come as a complete surprise with the team making some significant changes during this past offseason. However, the season did have some positives with the overall play of the defense, as well as the progression of rookie quarterback Josh Allen.

McDermott's two-year record as a head coach with the Bills now sits at 15-17.

On Monday, McDermott closed the book on the 2018 season as he met with the media at One Bills Drive. He discussed how the season unfolded for his team, and also talked about what's to come in the offseason.

Here is some of what he had to say:


McDermott on special teams:

"There were times we didn't play well enough. We'll dive deeper into that in the next couple of days."


McDermott on the future:

"There's an overall optimism about where we are as a team. The players understand where we are with this football team. I encourage them to watch the playoffs and the intensity."


McDermott on the quarterback and linebacker positions:

"As you look at Josh [Allen] and Tremaine Edmunds, it's a totally different complexion than what we had at those two positions just a year ago."


McDermott on the offensive line:

"There were times where we didn't play well enough. The game is won or lost up front. That is an area we have to look hard at this offseason."


McDermott on LeSean McCoy:

"I just think overall, he had one of those years. It's not just on him, it's on us as an offense. Overall, we just couldn't get him into a rhythm."


You can hear McDermott's entire press conference below:

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