Sean McDermott: We need to improve

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The Bills cruised to their sixth win of the season by holding Washington to no touchdowns in a 24-9 victory on Sunday, but head coach Sean McDermott’s message after the game was not about the team playing at a high level.

McDermott called the Bills a “work in progress” after the victory and said that he and General Manager Brandon Beane are looking for ways for the 6-2 team to get better in the second half of the year.

“Every week, looking at what are our strengths, what are our weaknesses?” McDermott said, via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “What can we do to improve our weaknesses? Looking at the roster, looking at the calls. Are we putting players in position? Are we taking care of the football? It’s an everyday checklist for me and Brandon. We’re 6-2 with a lot of games to play. We have to improve. We need to remain humble and hungry.”

The obvious place to look for improvement is on offense. The Bills have thrived against bad teams this season — the teams they’ve beaten have a combined record of 9-41 — and questions persist about quarterback Josh Allen’s ability to get wins against better competition.

It will be some time before the Bills face such competition as the Browns, Dolphins and Broncos are next up on the schedule and it’s clear that McDermott would like to see some growth from his team through that stretch.

18 responses to “Sean McDermott: We need to improve

  1. “The obvious place to look for improvement is on offense. The Bills have thrived against bad teams this season — the teams they’ve beaten have a combined record of 9-51 — and questions persist about quarterback Josh Allen’s ability to get wins against better competition.”

    As true and obvious as this is, the fan base remains delusional and refuses to accept it.

    They’ve been beating bad team IN SPITE of Allen, not because of him. They’re going to need Allen to be good to beat better teams but he’s just not there.

  2. No more wondering about Josh Allen. Even with a good defence a team doesn’t get to 6-2 unless the QB can play a little.

  3. I like when people say something like …combined record of 9-51. Remember, the Bills winning their games make it 9-51.

  4. They’ve been beating bad team IN SPITE of Allen, not because of him. They’re going to need Allen to be good to beat better teams but he’s just not there.

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    This is false. Allen has had some lowlights this season, especially early. But consider that since the 3 INT game against the pats, Allen has thrown 7TDs vs 1 INT. Allen is clearly making changes, hes making the right decisions. As of last week at least, Josh Allen was the highest, or near highest, graded QB in the NFL on passes under 20 yards in the air, in the 4th quarter and in the redzone. Allen is not the one holding this team back.

    Ill use yesterday as an example. In the first quarter, Allen threw for 92 yards and a TD. In the next 41 minutes, nearly 3 full quarters, the Bills ran 8 total passing plays for 33 yards. 2 were screens blown up in the backfield, one was the missed PI call. And the other 5 were all third and long. The Bills OC completely gave up on the short passing game where Allen is at the top of the league in order to pound Frank Gore for 1 yard per carry against a team focusing on the run after getting gouged before the half. Brian Daboll completely abandoned what was working to go for the most vanilla offense possible after the half. You want to know what cements this for me? The final scoring drive. The Bills went back to a balanced offense, 4 pass 5 run. You know what happened? Josh Allen connected on passes of 17 and 23 while a third was dropped at the 6 by John Brown opening up running lanes for Singletary and drove for a TD. This team works well when they are balanced. This team does well when they play to their players strengths. This team does well when they adjust to what defenses give them. So why arent we? Why do we insist on using our QB as a running back when he has been injured, taken many late hits and fumbled often? Why are we running up the middle on 4th and 1 with the HB who averages 1 ypc instead of the one averaging 7? Why are we taking so many deep shots when our QB is perfect when leading long methodical drives? Why do we use the exact same trick play in the redzone every single week and expect teams not to be ready for it? Why are we abandoning the pass when the defense is teeing up to stop the run? This stuff happens EVERY week. Every time the Bills are ahead he abandons the pass to pound Frank Gore. And every week we fail to score points doing that. And every week we let these 1 and 2 win teams stick around. And every week hes leaving the defense out to dry.

    I have come to the conclusion that Brian Daboll is the problem. He is an excellent OC off the field. Hes helped players grow and have them playing hard. But his play calling is so bad that its actively handicapping the team. Hes bringing down Josh Allen. Hes bringing down Devin Singletary and hes bringing down the defense.

  5. Ah, yes. But we will ride this “delusion” right into the playoffs. And considering we are “pretenders”, and the Patriots barely scraped by, and got the doors blown off by a “good team”, then the division is still within reach. People don’t like winners, that’s all there is to it.

    Was a little disappointed in the SNF graphic last night showcasing Lamar as the 2018 drafts winningest QB. He’s actually tied, with Josh Allen.

  6. rabidbillsfan says:
    November 4, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Was a little disappointed in the SNF graphic last night showcasing Lamar as the 2018 drafts winningest QB. He’s actually tied, with Josh Allen.

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    Not sure what you’re talking about here. Lamar Jackson’s record as a starting QB is 12-3, and Josh Allen’s is 11-8. That’s not exactly “tied”

  7. The Bills have the sixth best record in the NFL…and the second best in the AFC. No team controls their schedule.

    New England has beat ONE team with a winning record this year….The Buffalo Bills.

    And to do that they had to resort to a vicious hit on Josh Allen to literally knock him out of the game. Josh may still be getting better and has a lot to learn, but, he does have the best passer rating in the 4th Quarter of any QB in the league.

    With Allen in the whole game against NE, they would have likely won instead of losing by 6 points, when they were poised to go ahead late in the game but Matt Barkley could not finish it off. Josh Allen has shown the ability to do just that. He’s fiercely competitive and has all the skills to be a star.

    Certainly the Bills have a long way to go, and their remaining games will show just how real they are.

    Count them out?? That’s pretty stupid.

  8. @djp1955 – They actually lost to the Patriots because of a blocked punt…block that one guy and they win the game.

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