Sean McDermott: We don’t make the schedule

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One of Bills head coach Sean McDermott’s messages to his team after Sunday’s 24-9 win over Washington was that their 6-2 record did not hide the fact that the team needs to improve over the second half of their schedule.

Plenty of other people would agree with that, particularly those that believe their record is as much a product of the NFL’s schedule makers as it is a credit to the Bills themselves. The six wins have come against teams with a combined 9-42 record and their losses have come against the two teams on their schedule that currently have winning records.

McDermott may be selling the need to improve, but he’s not discrediting the Bills’ success because of how things have played out for their opponents.

“We control what we control. That’s what we do,” McDermott said, via the Buffalo News. “We don’t make the schedule. We didn’t make the schedule last year and there are probably good odds that we won’t make it next year. We’re focused on who we play this week.”

This week brings a game against the 2-6 Browns and beating them might not make anyone outside the Bills think differently about the overall quality of the team. As the old saying goes, however, you are what your record says you are and the Bills’ record says they have a really good chance of being in the playoff mix heading into the final weeks of the regular season.

31 responses to “Sean McDermott: We don’t make the schedule

  1. The Raiders could have controlled not signing Trent Edwards, JP Losman, EJ Manuel, and Nathan Peterman, but they still did Joe.

  2. They are all in the NFL. The Bills have been screwed for so many years with the hardest scchedules, I could not care less who they play. Just win, Baby!!!! They do just that!!!

  3. The people who are so concerned with the Bills (9th worst team last year) “easy” schedule should be asking themselves why the Patriots (#1 team last year) has an even “easier” schedule….#Thefixisin….

  4. Everyone is writing in the Patriots for homefield & the AFCCG again, but the division race could get very interesting over the next month. Pretty quietly, the Bills are just a game back, and the Patriots have the tougher remaining schedule.

    They’ve gotta beat the teams they should beat, though. IF they can do that & then pull off the upset at Gillette, they can really flip the script of the past couple of decades. Would love to see it.

  5. Outside of the Saints, Packers and Texans no team in the hunt for the Super Bowl has played a against teams with a combined winning schedule so far. There are a lot of bad teams this year.

  6. You gotta go back to when we were all worried about Y2K when the Bills didn’t absolutely blow this sort of a start to the season. So it’s possible.

  7. Not saying they are on the same level as the Patriots, but I don’t see the mighty Pats referenced in this article. They have had the same soft schedule, and the only team with a winning record they have beaten is the Bills.

  8. Nobody’s gives the Bills any sympathy when they play the Pats twice every year, but now they want to kick dirt on them because they have a few easy games. Haters will hate…. Bills vs Everybody…

  9. billswillnevermove posted under at least 6 usernames.

    SMH.

    The best case scenario for this perenial loser of a team is one and done in the playoffs, and that’ll be just great for the fanboys.

  10. “We don’t make the schedule. We didn’t make the schedule last year and there are probably good odds that we won’t make it next year.”

    That is the closest thing you will get to a joke from Coach McDermott.

  11. The patriots have an ‘easier ‘ schedule because they play the bills (a perpetual bad team) twice . Meanwhile the bills play a perpetual good team) twice. The only 2 games that differ are that while the pats play kc and Houston , the bills play Tennessee and Denver. Then again bills fanboys just don’t know football

  12. I would rather be on a worse team with a winning record than a more talented team with a losing record

  13. fake canadian – are you really talking about people with multiple screen names? you have to be one of the worst offenders…the most delusional person on here is actually you, as you create false narratives all season to hide the fact that you are dead wrong (again) about the Bills. Actually excited the Raiders are slightly better than expected. I can’t wait to beat them in the playoffs again! Is that why you are so butthurt? We’re you at the 51-3 drugging or the game a year or two later… Bills>Raiders will be and have been for about 30 years now

  14. unclebluck says:
    November 5, 2019 at 7:20 am
    The people who are so concerned with the Bills (9th worst team last year) “easy” schedule should be asking themselves why the Patriots (#1 team last year) has an even “easier” schedule….#Thefixisin….

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    billsrthefuture says:
    November 5, 2019 at 7:29 am
    Pretty quietly, the Bills are just a game back, and the Patriots have the tougher remaining schedule.

    ___________

    Lets get your stories straight guys, is the Pats schedule easier or harder???

  15. joetoronto says:
    November 5, 2019 at 9:40 am
    billswillnevermove posted under at least 6 usernames.

    SMH.

    The best case scenario for this perenial loser of a team is one and done in the playoffs, and that’ll be just great for the fanboys.
    ———-

    A bit concerned for your mental health

  16. I’m not concerned about his mental health at all. He’s a proven loser, with an obsession with Buffalo, who has already mocked terminally ill Bills players and fans. He doesn’t deserve sympathy at all. Enjoy the miserable life Joe.

  17. cheek2vegas says:

    November 5, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I’m not concerned about his mental health at all. He’s a proven loser, with an obsession with Buffalo, who has already mocked terminally ill Bills players and fans. He doesn’t deserve sympathy at all. Enjoy the miserable life Joe.
    _________________________________________________________________________________
    And accuses me of having more than one username which I don’t. The only one I have, when he has about 75 and has even used mine on here. Just a miserable person.

  18. joker65 says:
    November 5, 2019 at 11:55 am
    unclebluck says:
    November 5, 2019 at 7:20 am
    The people who are so concerned with the Bills (9th worst team last year) “easy” schedule should be asking themselves why the Patriots (#1 team last year) has an even “easier” schedule….#Thefixisin….

    47 18 Rate This
    billsrthefuture says:
    November 5, 2019 at 7:29 am
    Pretty quietly, the Bills are just a game back, and the Patriots have the tougher remaining schedule.

    ___________

    Lets get your stories straight guys, is the Pats schedule easier or harder???
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    I was talking the entire schedule…he was talking the final 8 games…..comprehension is a beautiful thing!!….try getting some….

  19. Bills are 6-2, first time in 26 years. 6-0 vs. sub .500 teams. How many people complain when your team loses to somebody who is 1-7??? Would it be better if the Bills beat the Pats and Eagles, but lost to the Redskins and Jets? At the end of the day they will be the 5-seed, once you get to the post-season everyone is 0-0. Doesn’t matter how you get there, anything then can happen. Just sit back and enjoy your season Bills fans.

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