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Cornelius Bennett impressed by Sean McDermott, wants to come back

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Bills coach Sean McDermott has a big enough job on his hands trying to fix the football team on the field.

But before he can really dig into that job, he’s trying to rebuild some bridges with past Bills, and seems to be winning them over.

Via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News, former Bills linebacker Cornelius Bennett said he plans to be around the team more in the future, after attending just “two or three” games in the last 20 years.

“I’ve been gone away from here since 1995,” Bennett said. “I haven’t been this excited about Buffalo football in a long, long time. I’m planning to come up here to a couple games this year, which is something I haven’t done.”

Bennett was one of the seven Bills legends McDermott reached out to as soon as he got the job. (The others were guys named
Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas, Darryl Talley, and Steve Tasker — no big deal.) And while it might be viewed as an easy PR stunt for the new guy in town, Bennett was left impressed with the rookie head coach.

“This guy seems to be genuine, truly cares about what he’s doing,” Bennett said. “Not just excited to be a head coach. He truly seems to enjoy coaching and making kids better kids.”

While getting the Bills to the playoffs is still a goal for the future in Buffalo, connecting with the guys who did it before is a good step for McDermott, as he tries to return a wayward team to its former glory.

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16 Responses to “Cornelius Bennett impressed by Sean McDermott, wants to come back”
  1. nytroutdog says: Jun 6, 2017 9:49 AM

    Biscuit! Welcome back! This man was a terror gained in a blockbuster trade and Bills fan welcome you back with open arms!

    McD is truly righting the ship while respecting the past while looking forward. Perfect.

  2. fantasyisntfun says: Jun 6, 2017 9:59 AM

    Buffalo fans always fall for the nostalgia act. I’ve been a fan for 20 years and it’s ridiculous how they are more concerned with getting past guys involved with the team as opposed to moving forward with what’s in front of us.

    Do the Pats care about guys like Ben Coates, Curtis Martin, Drew Bledsoe, Troy Brown, Bruce Armstrong, etc. or even past coaches? Not at all. Can the nostalgia acts and get on with the 2017 offseason.

  3. nyneal says: Jun 6, 2017 10:21 AM

    The Bills are trying to recover from that buffoon Rex Ryan, who is the most over rated HC this side of Jeff Fisher.

    McDermott is a smart football guy and he will turn the Bills around if the organization has his back.

    Meanwhile, Wrecks Ryan has bamboozled another team — ESPN — into hiring him. I can’t wait to switch the tv channel as soon as Ryan opens his big mouth.

  4. 700levelvet says: Jun 6, 2017 10:23 AM

    “I’ve been gone away from here since 1995″….I stopped reading after that.

  5. timmyp716 says: Jun 6, 2017 10:26 AM

    This team sells hope, because its much easier than building a winner

  6. tylawspick6 says: Jun 6, 2017 10:46 AM

    I wonder how impressed he’ll be when the Pats dust them up for 40+ two times this year?

  7. iamthehorniestmanintheworld says: Jun 6, 2017 10:53 AM

    So all it took was the luxury suite free ducat and all expenses paid trip plus coupons to the local Indian gaming taj mahal. Do they have luxury suites in Buffalo?

  8. pastabelly says: Jun 6, 2017 11:11 AM

    fantasyisntfun says:
    Jun 6, 2017 9:59 AM
    Buffalo fans always fall for the nostalgia act. I’ve been a fan for 20 years and it’s ridiculous how they are more concerned with getting past guys involved with the team as opposed to moving forward with what’s in front of us.

    Do the Pats care about guys like Ben Coates, Curtis Martin, Drew Bledsoe, Troy Brown, Bruce Armstrong, etc. or even past coaches? Not at all. Can the nostalgia acts and get on with the 2017 offseason.
    =======================================
    The Patriots organization cares about its former players, but they separate that from the football operation and Bill Belichick. There is a clear separation between the Patriots organization run by the Krafts, which constructed the team’s Hall of Fame building and admits players to the team’s Hall of Fame, and the football team, which is run by Bill Belichick. That separation seems to work, the Patriots organization doesn’t shy away from nostalgia and you can bet that there will be a larger than life size statue of Tom Brady put up in that plaza area before the steps up that pass the CBS Scene Restaurant.

    Curtis Martin screwed the Patriots organization and the Krafts with the, now illegal, poison pill contract offer with the Jets. He played in New England for three years and left without honor. Good for him. He’s in the HOF, but never stuck around to see his former teammates win three Super Bowls.

  9. edukator4 says: Jun 6, 2017 11:11 AM

    Buffalo should immediately switch back to the jerseys in the photo. so much better than the ones they’ve got now

  10. joetoronto says: Jun 6, 2017 11:36 AM

    timmyp716 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 10:26 AM
    This team sells hope, because its much easier than building a winner
    ************************************
    This is who they are, perennial losers that build a team with no QB and no cap room.

    Every offseason they thump their chests like buffoons and proclaim “things will be different this year.”

    Then the season starts and they wallow in their beer.

  11. billswillnevermove says: Jun 6, 2017 11:47 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 6, 2017 11:36 AM

    timmyp716 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 10:26 AM
    This team sells hope, because its much easier than building a winner
    ************************************
    This is who they are, perennial losers that build a team with no QB and no cap room.

    Every offseason they thump their chests like buffoons and proclaim “things will be different this year.”

    Then the season starts and they wallow in their beer.
    __________________________________
    We know who you are. A 5 ID loser with no life and no job.

  12. EJ says: Jun 6, 2017 12:08 PM

    fantasyisntfun says:
    Jun 6, 2017 9:59 AM
    Buffalo fans always fall for the nostalgia act. I’ve been a fan for 20 years and it’s ridiculous how they are more concerned with getting past guys involved with the team as opposed to moving forward with what’s in front of us.

    Do the Pats care about guys like Ben Coates, Curtis Martin, Drew Bledsoe, Troy Brown, Bruce Armstrong, etc. or even past coaches? Not at all. Can the nostalgia acts and get on with the 2017 offseason.
    ________________________________-
    The real reason you don’t see the Patriots all over their past players is because until now the Patriots have not had that many good teams… That’s BB which is Before Brady. Did they have some good players…. yes, but not to the degree of Buffalo’s group. Kelly, Thomas, Reed, Lofton, Moulds, Williams, Bennett, Smith, Talley, Tasker and many more. Buffalo has always had a close franchise… the Patriots, not even close.

  13. 205diamonds says: Jun 6, 2017 12:15 PM

    Buffalo fans always fall for the nostalgia act. I’ve been a fan for 20 years and it’s ridiculous how they are more concerned with getting past guys involved with the team as opposed to moving forward with what’s in front of us.

    Do the Pats care about guys like Ben Coates, Curtis Martin, Drew Bledsoe, Troy Brown, Bruce Armstrong, etc. or even past coaches? Not at all. Can the nostalgia acts and get on with the 2017 offseason.
    =======================================
    The Patriots organization cares about its former players, but they separate that from the football operation and Bill Belichick. There is a clear separation between the Patriots organization run by the Krafts, which constructed the team’s Hall of Fame building and admits players to the team’s Hall of Fame, and the football team, which is run by Bill Belichick. That separation seems to work, the Patriots organization doesn’t shy away from nostalgia and you can bet that there will be a larger than life size statue of Tom Brady put up in that plaza area before the steps up that pass the CBS Scene Restaurant.

    Curtis Martin screwed the Patriots organization and the Krafts with the, now illegal, poison pill contract offer with the Jets. He played in New England for three years and left without honor. Good for him. He’s in the HOF, but never stuck around to see his former teammates win three Super Bowls.

    —————————

    The Patriots’ organization prioritizes prior members who may not have been stars, but showed up and performed beyond expectations. For example, you’ll see Kevin Faulk around more than Drew Bledsoe–this is a not a dis on Bledsoe, more an acknowledgement of Faulk and his contributions.

  14. joma1969 says: Jun 6, 2017 1:23 PM

    nyneal says:
    Jun 6, 2017 10:21 AM
    McDermott is a smart football guy and he will turn the Bills around if the organization has his back.

    —————————————

    He’ll turn them around if he finds a QB worth a deuce. Otherwise he’ll be the next guy fired for only winning 6, 7, or 8 games a year.

  15. sjsmarts1 says: Jun 6, 2017 2:36 PM

    Pats have a former guy at every home game who they put on screen to pump up fans at key points in games and to lead cheers…. and it’s pretty effective. All former Belichek guys coming back (Moss, Branch, Law, Faulk).

  16. jimicash says: Jun 7, 2017 4:04 AM

    Did someone say free?

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