Sean McDermott wants Bills to remain as intact as possible

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Head coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane have spent a lot of time overhauling the Bills roster since joining the organization in 2017, but McDermott’s hope for this offseason isn’t centered around bringing new faces to Buffalo.

McDermott said at a Tuesday press conference that a team picks up a different identity every year, but that he hopes to “keep as much of this team intact as possible” heading into next season. He said that his experience with the Panthers after Super Bowl 50 has colored his thinking on the subject.

“One of the things that happened when we came off the Super Bowl in Carolina is we probably let too many of the leaders out of the building,” McDermott said, via the Buffalo News. “Some of that comes with retirements and other factors. That’s part of what I meant with keeping as much of this team intact as possible. Each team is different but you give yourself a better chance if you keep the team intact.”

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has already announced his retirement, so that’s one leader that won’t be back with the Bills for the 2020 season. Running back Frank Gore said after the playoff loss to the Texans that he’s not sure if he’ll play this year. Defensive linemen Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson and left guard Quinton Spain are other impending free agents of note in Buffalo this offseason.

19 responses to “Sean McDermott wants Bills to remain as intact as possible

  1. This team has been lacking a QB for decades now and the Trash Allen meltdown we all witnessed clearly states they still don’t have one.

    #sameoldsameold

  2. It’s going to take years for them to recover from an epic playoffs collapse. Look at how Atlanta is still struggling from the SB choke job. They have never fully recovered.

  3. Spain should get a new contract in Buffalo, but the team will probably move on from Lawson & Phillips… Both defensemen will likely be too pricey for the snap share they account for.

    Frank Gore probably won’t be brought back with Christian Wade returning for 2020, but the majority of the team should remain intact.

  4. Buffalo is doing it the right way….Building, building building… now crushing humiliation awaits for the Pats as the Bills now take over the division.

  5. The Bills are fine. They have a young stud QB who’s getting better every week. The Bills had two perfectly thrown TD passes early in the game that were dropped. It should have been an easy win. They were clearly the better team. They’ll take another step next year, even if they don’t make any major changes. Just keep adding solid players through the draft.

  6. Josh Allen lost them that game. How do you lead 16/0 and lose the game?
    He was horrible in the 2nd half. Fumbling, and throwing stupid passes will lose the game fast.
    He needs improvement next season.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 8, 2020 at 7:05 am
    It’s going to take years for them to recover from an epic playoffs collapse. Look at how Atlanta is still struggling from the SB choke job. They have never fully recovered.
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    You are probably the only one who won’t recover from it.

  8. The jury is still out on Josh Allen. He’s made some incredible throws but seldom is accurate on deep passes. Yes he’s only in his 2nd year but so is Lamar Jackson this year and Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson last year and all 3 are playing far better than Josh and were all drafted lower than he was too.

    He’s entering critical year 3 in 2020. It’s time to show everyone why he was drafted 7th overall in 2018. Just hope he does or else we’re talking “bust”.

  9. Bills had great contributions from their draft class and you could see Ed Oliver starting to really “get it” near the end of the year and adjusting to his new position. Cody Ford, Dawson Knox, Devin Singletary all contributed to wins this year. Now look at the contributions of the Pat’s draft class and you can see that we are set to get better next year and take the division

  10. For the comment regarding other young qbs…..first off, Allen was drafted and not even expected to play for 1 year at least. He was r ready at the beginning last year when he was thrust into the spot. However, he has made drastic improvements. Just check his 20% increase in qb rating… what that tells me is that he recognizes where he needs improvement and is willing to work on it getting better. What you will see is very few qbs will do whatever it takes to win as much as him…..Deshaun Watson was average in the first half….he wasn’t great, he was efficient and made a few plays. He was also sacked 7 times…that’s not on Allen. He will be fine.

  11. The Allen detractors have gotta be new to football.

    The mark of the great ones is not that they’re “mistake free.” The mark of the great ones is that they have short memories and overcome their mistakes.

    Which is what Allen did. The sacks & the lateral didn’t affect the outcome one iota. He still drove the team down for the game tying FG, and then for the GW FG – which was taken away when a ref made a phantom call on Ford.

    Good things ahead for this young Bills team. They should be favored to win the division next year.

  12. QB’s in their first playoff start since 2000 win percentage is like 33%. Not a surprise Allen made stupid decisions because the lights were a bit too bright. He’ll mature, I don’t think he’ll be a stud. But if the overall team can consistently improve they should be able to move deeper in the playoffs in the future.

  13. The Bills are the late 90s Buccaneers. If you’ll remember, they had an epic defense, a decent running game, and a thoroughly mediocre quarterback in Trent Dilfer. Everyone kept waiting for Dilfer to “get better” but it never happened.

    I saw history repeating itself in Buffalo.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 8, 2020 at 7:05 am
    It’s going to take years for them to recover from an epic playoffs collapse. Look at how Atlanta is still struggling from the SB choke job. They have never fully recovered.

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    Maybe Atlanta is struggling because their OC during that Super Bowl is not the head coach of the 49ers. Maybe?

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