McDermott didn't blink

The Bills' coaching staff went full speed ahead with a pass-heavy offense against the Jets

Nate Geary
September 12, 2019 - 3:36 pm

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I had a brief Twitter discussion with Michael Leone of Daily Roto on Thursday that really got me thinking about the offensive performance the Buffalo Bills had against the New York Jets last week, and not in the way you might think.

To Michael’s point, the main concern about the offense was always about whether Sean McDermott would embrace a pass-centric offense; one that throws to open up the running game. I mean, McDermott is basically the poster child for the, “you’ve got to establish the run to win” crowd [insert condescending SpongeBob GIF>. He never struck me as a coach willing to embrace where offenses have been going for the better part of a decade.

Yet, in their Week 1 victory on the road, Daboll had Josh Allen drop back to throw on the first 17-plays to open the game. Yeah, 17-straight plays to open the game – that’s a real thing, people.

If you’re a Twitter guy or gal during Bills games, you were likely amongst the crowd yelling at your television and anger-tweeting about why the Bills weren’t running the football. Me? I was loving every single second of it, because it’s not like the Bills were scoring points, in fact, they were turning the ball over at an unsustainable rate. Yet, they remained aggressive in their play calling.

Most coaches – in fact (definitely) Sean McDermott - will see those struggles and turnovers and immediately encourage his offensive coordinator run the football. You just can’t let your young quarterback flounder in a close game, right?

Sean McDermott never blinked.

The passing attack opened up several running lanes in the second half that saw rookie running back Devin Singletary break off several big runs en route to a fantastic rookie debut. Sure, some of you might look to the departure of Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley due to injury as a primary cause for their success on the ground in the second half, but I think the real reason stems from the Jets' inability to stop the passing game in traditional running personnel sets.

To me, it’s a super encouraging sign that McDermott is a coach willing to step away from the offensive side of the ball. Too many times in Bills history, and just around the league as a whole, you see defensive-minded head coaches’ step all over their offensive coordinators approach to winning football games. Defensive-minded coaches always want to run the football, so you never want to be the offensive coordinator attempting to pass.

The easiest thing McDermott could do to date is sell his offense and the fan base that running the ball, playing conservative, and putting the game into the hands of one of the best defenses in the league was the template they’d attempt to use to win games.

McDermott had every opportunity to step all over Daboll’s gameplan at halftime last week. He didn’t.

I’ll drink to that!

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