Sean McDermott takes pool table, video games from locker room

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Here’s one that got lost in the shuffle of players shuffling from team to team: New Bills coach Sean McDermott has removed a pool table and video games from the teams locker room.

“This is a business,” McDermott told reporters when asked about the situation on Thursday. “We talk about, and you’ve heard me say this before, earning the right to win. We’ve got to stay focused on the task at hand and I’m all for, as we mentioned, the chemistry and building that chemistry in that locker room. That’s a big part of it, yet we have to make sure we stay focused on the task at hand and that means earn the right to win on a daily basis. I don’t believe that playing video games in the locker room is part of earning the right to win. We’re going to be a focused, disciplined and accountable football team and I believe you do it one day at a time.”

Some will gripe about the zero-fun-sir approach, but a workplace is, duh, a place for work. When the players are at home, they can do whatever they want. While in the facility, they should be finding a way to get better at what they do.

This isn’t the first time a coach has made it harder for players to focus on something other than work while at work. When Bill Parcells became head coach of the Cowboys, the air conditioners were turned up in the players’ lounge, making the players’ lounge a place where the players no longer wanted to lounge.

Besides, whatever the Bills have been doing in recent years hasn’t been working. To get to the playoffs, they need to make changes. While this one is more symbolic than substantive, little things like that can become big things like a playoff berth.

22 responses to “Sean McDermott takes pool table, video games from locker room

  1. Probably not a big deal but symbolically it shows a no nonsense approach. It’s about time. Time to start playing the game the way NE does. Want to be good, emulate the best.

  2. As long as the players whom enjoy playing video games can still play them in their private rooms, then I’m all for this. If McDermott is banning all video games completely throughout the entire complex at all times…then I’m not so sure. I only say that because some of these Adults should be able to make their own decisions outside of the workplace. These players go to work X amount of hours during the day. The time they spend elsewhere, as long as its not harming anyone (including themselves) should be up to them. Again, some of these individuals in the locker room are 28 and older. Like, come on dude. This childish form of asserting discipline is only going to work so far. Playing video games is not a crime, especially when you’re an NFL player that is most likely in ridiculous physical shape.

  3. Rut-Ro…. sounds like Joe Philbum to me and that Monarchy ended in flames in Miami. Maybe it worked in the good ol’ days, but not anymore. I understand the discipline motive, but mutual respect works better.

  4. This is exactly what you should expect from McDermott.

    He’s young, he’s a brainiac type who didn’t play the game, and he’s half the size of most of the players in the locker room.

    This kind of overreaching display of authority is a common misstep among that type of boss. It will yield short term gains, but the coaching attitude that goes with this kid of thing always yields short term gains.

  5. So, are you saying the pool table is a Free Agent now?

    Minnesota is on line 1…

  6. MrWillyWonka – There are no private rooms for players at Ralph Wilson Stadium. With the remodel in 2014 – they have one large locker room space – all shared space with individual lockers.

  7. This is exactly what you should expect from McDermott.

    He’s young, he’s a brainiac type who didn’t play the game, and he’s half the size of most of the players in the locker room.

    This kind of overreaching display of authority is a common misstep among that type of boss. It will yield short term gains, but the coaching attitude that goes with this kid of thing always yields short term gains.

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    Coach McDermott was an All PA DB in High School in 1992. He played DI football at William and Mary with Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin and was All Conference at Safety in 1997.

    He was also a 2x National Champ in wrestling in HS in 1991 and 1992 and while he probably is only about 195lbs I am 99% confident he would rip you up. Do your research bud. Signed – a former Big Ten wrestler.

  8. He should go a step further and show he’s not a hard ass and a man of he’s word by letting them earn the right to get them back.

    So say OK u win the division u get a game back, u win a playoff game u get another, u win the conference u get the pool table, u win the Superbowl and u can turn the entire building into an arcade if u want.

  9. I’m sorry, but when they are supposed to be in the locker room like 4 hours prior to kickoff and several hours after the game is over, then perhaps they should have some things to unwind a little.

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