McDermott: Our recent stretch of games will 'bode well' for us

The Bills head coach joined the Howard and Jeremy Show ahead of Sunday's regular season finale against the Jets

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December 27, 2019 - 11:56 am
Sean McDermott

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Just one more game separates the Buffalo Bills from their destiny with the 2019-20 NFL playoffs.

Buffalo will wrap up its regular season schedule this Sunday against the New York Jets at New Era Field before heading out on the road for their AFC Wild Card matchup with either the Houston Texans or the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend.

If the Chiefs win on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers at home, that will send the Bills to NRG Stadium in Houston for a meeting with the Texans. However, if the Chiefs lose and the Texans end up beating the Tennessee Titans, that means Buffalo will head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

This week will not mean much to the Bills as they are locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoff picture after a 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. It may be a game where a number of starters for the Bills see limited action against the Jets, or they are inactive for the game in order to get them ready for the playoffs.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined the Howard and Jeremy Show on Friday for his weekly appearance on WGR. He talked about the team's approach to this week's regular season finale, how the team has performed over the past few weeks, and more.

Here is some of what he had to say:


McDermott on preparing for the regular season finale against the Jets:

"We've got some goals that we want to accomplish through the week. One is rest and two is staying sharp and continuing to improve in areas that we need to improve on. The players have really embraced that mission this week, and we've had two really good practices with the hopes for a third today as we take the field."


McDermott on his expectations for the rookies coming into the season:

"What we want to first do with our young players is to win off the field. That means having them come in and really get with our development team, strength and conditioning staff, sports science staff, and our medical staff so that we can develop healthy habits and healthy routines that will be a big part of building that foundation for these young players for years to come. That foundation is what they built early on, and credit goes to our staff that's around our building here... You don't really develop unless you have a good foundation to use as a springboard. We wanted to make sure we did that earlier on, and those guys then invested in that process and then you've seen the result throughout the year."


McDermott on how the players have handled the recent stretch of games:

"I don't know that I've been around a stretch of games to that caliber that these players have played in. That bodes well for our young players, bodes well for our young quarterback. The environments we've been in, most of them have been on the road with Dallas, Pittsburgh and then New England, and then we had the one at home against Baltimore. It'd be one thing to say, 'Hey, we had all those at home or three of the four at home.' In this case, we've had three of the four on the road."


McDermott on being on the same page from top to bottom in the organization:

"When you look at the communication, the collaboration, it comes down to building alignment. That's what Brandon, myself and Terry and Kim, we try to have those good conversations and then make sure we can communicate the appropriate message to our staffs. I think the thing that works well here too is that we trust our staffs. Whether it's the scouting staff, the coaching staff, the medical staff, strength and conditioning, you name it, we have good collaboration. A big part of that communication is the listening end of it for myself and for Brandon so that we make the right decision. Doesn't matter who's idea that it is, but that it's the right idea for this football team and this organization."


You can listen to the entire interview below:

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