McDermott: We 'have to be disciplined' against the Patriots

The Bills head coach joined Howard and Jeremy before Saturday's matchup with New England in Foxboro

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December 19, 2019 - 7:07 pm

With a playoff spot already clinched last week in Pittsburgh, the Buffalo Bills are now setting their sights on a possible AFC East title.

However, the task will not be an easy one as they will need a pair of wins to close the 2019 season, coupled with a pair of losses by the New England Patriots.

That goal starts this Saturday in Foxboro as Buffalo will look to beat the Patriots for only the third time in New England since 2000. A win would only be the fifth time in the Tom Brady era that the Bills will have come away with a victory over the Patriots.

The Bills come into this Week 16 matchup off a 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football at Heinz Field. The Buffalo defense came to play with a purpose, limiting the Steelers to just 229 total yards of offense and forcing five turnovers. As for the offense, quarterback Josh Allen threw for 139 yards, the game-winning touchdown to tight end Tyler Kroft, and also punched in his ninth rushing touchdown of the season to help lead Buffalo to its 10th win of the season.

It is the first time since the 1999 season where the Bills have won double-digit games in a season, and it is the earliest the Bills have clinched a playoff spot since the 1991 season. 

As for the Patriots, the team's play has started to slump after an 8-0 start to the season. New England has gone 3-3 in their last six games, which has included losses to other teams in the AFC playoff picture in the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs. However, they enter Saturday's game coming off a dominant 34-13 win over the 1-13 Cincinnati Bengals this past Sunday.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott is gearing up for his sixth career game coaching against the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick. He is looking for his first victory over the Patriots, and will look to make things difficult for Brady and the New England offense, as he did in their Week 4 matchup at New Era Field in Orchard Park.

McDermott took some time on Thursday to join Howard Simon and Jeremy White for his weekly appearance on WGR.

Here is some of what he had to say:


McDermott on making sure the players aren’t too hyped for this week’s game:

“I don’t know if you call it a challenge. It’s always on my mind. It’s always on our mind as a staff, and it’s part of the week-to-week obstacles you face. It probably didn’t used to be as big of a challenge, but it is now with all the social media that’s out there, all the exposure to surfaces that people have. Our guys are resilient. They are what I would consider a focused football team and they understand what’s ahead of us.”


McDermott on Tre’Davious White’s Pro Bowl selection:

“Most of these are well earned, and this is certainly the case with Tre and his recognition... To see what Tre has been able to do with his career and the healthy habits and the routines that he has in his week-to-week preparation, it’s paying off. Not only does that help him and help us, but it also helps the future of the organization because of what it means and what it says every day and the way he carries himself and the example he sets for the young players around the building.”


McDermott on facing Tom Brady and the New England offense:

“You have to be very disciplined. They can beat you, Brady or just the entire offense can beat you in a lot of ways because they’ve been together for so long and they can just spin the dial. If it’s not working, they can go to something else. They’re probably unlike any other team around the NFL because they’ve been together for so long. The volume, the width of their playbook, if you will, is so wide, and if it’s working you better stop it because if not, they will continue with it. So they’ve just got a good scheme, they’ve got good players, and just multiple ways to beat you.”


McDermott on the play of Josh Allen since Week 4 against the Patriots:

“You just watch him on tape, you watch him week-in and week-out and there’s just drastic improvement, development. In a lot of ways, some of the details, some of the big boulders, if you will as well, and he continues to get more and more comfortable in our system and also understanding how he’s being defended, which is half of the battle. I’ve been extremely pleased with Josh, and also looking forward to the future, and I’m sure many Bills fans are as well with guys like Josh and Tremaine Edmunds.”


McDermott on young quarterbacks going up against Bill Belichick:

“Overall, for most young players, young quarterbacks, it’s a challenge against any coach. In particular coach Belichick, who’s so well established. He certainly makes it hard on them, and he takes away typically their best weapon or weapons and makes offenses adjust to finding other ways to win, which is smart.”


McDermott on fans wanting to beat the Patriots this weekend:

“I 110% understand the emotional side of Bills fans that were here a long time before I got here, or we got here. Having said that, however, we have to continue to grow as a football team. That’s the really big picture perspective, and so we’re going to go out and try and put our best foot forward, but also understand that there are games beyond this to be played. That’s the truth of the matter, and that’s the vision for this organization, this football team moving forward.”


You can listen to the entire interview below:

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