Sean McDermott: Not one answer to closing gap with Chiefs

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Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White said this week that the Bills have to go through the Chiefs if they want to take the next step up the NFL ladder and added that he thinks the team is close to making that breakthrough.

Head coach Sean McDermott didn’t say on Tuesday if he agrees with White about the distance between the two teams, but he made it clear that he sees daylight between them. He noted that his former boss Andy Reid is in his eighth year with the Chiefs and “that’s a little bit of a feel for how long they’ve been building their program and where we are.”

McDermott called the loss to the back-to-back AFC champs a “measuring stick” for his club as they try to eliminate the edge that Kansas City has built up.

“There is still a gap in terms of where we are and where they are. It’s not just one answer that solves that problem,” McDermott said, via Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com. “We all have to, starting with me, we all have to continue asking ourselves the hard questions of the what-ifs and the whys and the hows. We as a staff have to get better and improve, we have to improve our roster, we have to improve our operation and what we do.”

One area McDermott singled out for attention is the team’s run game and he also said that “the speed element showed up on the field the other night” while discussing the differences between the two teams. They’ll get their next chance to see how they measure up to the Chiefs in the 2021 regular season.

28 responses to “Sean McDermott: Not one answer to closing gap with Chiefs

  1. They’re in good shape. They have a solid franchise QB and experience with their main rival now. They have all the info they need to improve.

  2. Wait until they get old or leave through free agency. Both things will eventually happen.
    It remains to be seen if Mahomes will maintain the consistency of Tom Brady.

  3. I am old enough to remember when folks thought Josh Allen closed the gap on Patrick Mahomes. Must have been three, four days ago now.

  4. No one is close to making that breakthrough. Until they, or some other team, has a defense w/a back-end that runs sub 4.4 40 times, they can forget it. The Chefs are just too fast, and too skilled, on offense for anyone to beat on a consistant basis. Oh, they’ve got a pretty good defense, too. Kansas City is one SCAAAARY franchise.

  5. Love what the Bills are doing but unless Mahomes really goes off the deep end or has a major personality change, others teams will hard pressed to beat the Chiefs. He is as talented as there is now and will only get better. One special person and athlete for sure.

  6. well now, lets not get carriesd away. bills had a great season. doesn’t mean they will be there next year…
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  7. I remember when they said Andy Reid was fat and couldn’t win the big one. Well, he’s still fat but he’s won. Things can chance and the bills can catch them
    If the play their cards right.

  8. The Bills are where the Chiefs were. Wasn’t that long ago that the Chiefs were perennially 1 and done in the playoffs and just couldn’t seem to take the next step. That’s the challenge that the Bills have. Take the next step.

  9. Overrated Bills got exposed. The Patriots retake the division next year, book it.

  10. The Bills have been taking some pretty long strides, and they’re almost neck and neck. If they just keep going along the same path, they’ll catch the Chiefs. It’s a QB league, and the Bills and Chiefs have the two best AFC QB’s. Joe Burrow will get the Bengals going. Sam Darnold is good. Justin Herbert looked good as a rookie. Big Ben might have something left. Trevor Lawrence should make an immediate impact in Jacksonville. But I expect The Bills, Chiefs, and Steelers, barring major injuries, should be the top 3 AFC teams again next year. The Bills seem to have perhaps the best personnel operation, so their future looks very bright right now. McDermott is very stable. The Bills aren’t going away.

  11. Instead of 4 straight SB losses, the Allen Bills now may experience 4 straight AFC Championship losses to this Chiefs juggernaut. They look nowhere near as good as KC, right now.

  12. “I am old enough to remember when folks thought Josh Allen closed the gap on Patrick Mahomes. Must have been three, four days ago now.”

    They didn’t play each other. Allen had to go against a D that had pressure in his face all game, and covered every receiver on every play.

    Mahomes had almost no pressure, and receivers open all night.

    The gap between the QB’s themselves isn’t that wide, imo.

  13. A TIght End. The New NFL requires a stud TE. That simple. Dawson Knox is just good enough to get you beat. Any person who plays Fantasy knows how few stud TEs there are. Tyreek Hill can be neutralized – Kecle cannot. Tampa Bay has 3 strong TEs. ding ding ding

  14. The Chiefs are a super team right now. Credit to them for building it. But the salary cap is what it is. Mahomes is arguably the best player in the league and his cap hit was $5m this season. That is not sustainable. It changes next year, and really changes the year after that. The Bills are 1 to 2 seasons behind them in terms of team building. The Bills just swept their division and went 13-3 against a brutal schedule, then won 2 playoff games against good teams. You guys are hilarious if you think they are somehow “done” just because the Chiefs had the edge this year.

  15. billsrthefuture says:
    January 26, 2021 at 7:29 pm
    “I am old enough to remember when folks thought Josh Allen closed the gap on Patrick Mahomes. Must have been three, four days ago now.”

    They didn’t play each other. Allen had to go against a D that had pressure in his face all game, and covered every receiver on every play.

    Mahomes had almost no pressure, and receivers open all night.

    The gap between the QB’s themselves isn’t that wide, imo.
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    Funny how those who promote this “Allen is just as good as Mahomes” thing blame the rest of the Bills team.

    Point of fact: Mahomes elevates those around him. He’s a true leader. When Mahomes isn’t at his best, the team picks him up.

    Allen may yet get there, but he’s not in a position to do that right now. He’s trying to win thru sheer force of will because he feels the need to “be the guy” and carry the team every week. Not his fault, it’s the position he’s in. Allen is good. The organization needs to be just as good.

  16. There is no doubt the Chiefs are a step or two (or more) ahead of most everyone right now, but they also showed this season that they are beatable (Raiders). They also had a lot of games they won by a touchdown or less, and often came from behind to win. So while they deserve major props, let’s not pretend like they destroy every team they play.

    I think the Bills are very close to being perennial contenders, but they do have to make some adjustments. First, better coaching, particularly on defense. How they continued to play zone coverage almost exclusively until late in the game, allowing Kelse to just sit open in the zone coverage was absurd. The fact they allowed him 10 catches or so before they made any adjustments was terrible coaching. They need more speed in the secondary, a better established run game, and perhaps another speedy WR to help Diggs. A few more tweaks, and they are not far off. I really believe the lack of in game adjustments doomed themselves early and often throughout the first 3 quarters.

  17. billsrthefuture says:
    January 26, 2021 at 7:29 pm
    “I am old enough to remember when folks thought Josh Allen closed the gap on Patrick Mahomes. Must have been three, four days ago now.”

    They didn’t play each other. Allen had to go against a D that had pressure in his face all game, and covered every receiver on every play.

    Mahomes had almost no pressure, and receivers open all night.

    The gap between the QB’s themselves isn’t that wide, imo.

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    Fantastic observation. Chiefs fans were not the ones claiming this, it was all Bills Mafia which just looks like a punk street gang after championship Sunday.

    Of course opposition QBs don’t play each other but one QB looked like the best in all the land & the other was tossing a football going straight pout mode.

  18. Bills are going to see changes just like every other team does. Allen needs to be smart and take the sacks when he has no escape. They need an RB BAD. Singletary is awful. They may be worse than Pitt in RB depth.

  19. acemagee45 says:
    January 26, 2021 at 5:48 pm
    I am old enough to remember when folks thought Josh Allen closed the gap on Patrick Mahomes. Must have been three, four days ago now.

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    Not a fan of either team and i think mahomes is better just to make that clear. However i watched that game and i saw the KC receivers running wide open all game long, while the bills WRs were blanketed constantly. I dont think Allen had more than a couple throws at best to uncovered receivers, Mahomes had them all game long.

  20. I’m a Chiefs fan and to a degree have been cheering on the Bills as my number 2 (if the Chiefs didn’t make it). Another small market team with rabid fans, love it. It’s what football is all about. I’m not a Patriot hater but got tired of seeing the same teams every year. Bills look promising, the season is long, maybe they’re there again next year

  21. Josh Allen is super talented, works his tail off, and has improved leaps and bounds every single year. I don’t think it’s logical to believe he’s suddenly going to stop working hard, and stop improving. He’s as talented as any QB, and he’s very smart. He’ll continue to get better. Same goes for Mahomes. I remember the Manning vs. Brady competition. It was Manning. Then Brady. Then Manning. Then Brady, again. I suspect Mahomes and Allen will have a similar rivalry. But the race is still in its infancy. Far from over.

  22. “Josh Allen is super talented, works his tail off, and has improved leaps and bounds every single year. I don’t think it’s logical to believe he’s suddenly going to stop working hard, and stop improving. He’s as talented as any QB, and he’s very smart. He’ll continue to get better. Same goes for Mahomes. I remember the Manning vs. Brady competition. It was Manning. Then Brady. Then Manning. Then Brady, again. I suspect Mahomes and Allen will have a similar rivalry. But the race is still in its infancy. Far from over”

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    I thought of the same thing w/ Manning/Brady. At the beginning, it wasn’t that alternating. Manning had to take some serious lumps before he figured out the defenses that BB was throwing at him.

    But that’s what he ultimately did, and he took the upper hand in the latter half of that rivalry – one of the all-time rivalries in NFL history, imo.

    I’m hoping Allen/Mahomes can become the same kind of thing, but who knows. I just think the hot takes are off the charts, as they usually are after a team loses in the playoffs. Allen and the Bills took a big step this year.

    Only one team gets to hoist the Lombardi in the end. It doesn’t mean that the others who were close are terrible.

  23. momoneymoproblems says:
    January 26, 2021 at 8:06 pm
    I’m a Chiefs fan and to a degree have been cheering on the Bills as my number 2 (if the Chiefs didn’t make it). Another small market team with rabid fans, love it. It’s what football is all about. I’m not a Patriot hater but got tired of seeing the same teams every year. Bills look promising, the season is long, maybe they’re there again next year

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    So just say you are a bandwagon fan. Honestly, I am not a fan of all these “new” Chiefs fans. Stick with the Bills.

  24. Chiefs play hard and fast on both sides of the ball. It’s amazing the difference between the Reid/Veach/Dorsey chiefs than when Pioli was in town running the franchise into the grave.

    If you all can’t stand new-money chiefs fans i can’t disagree, but the regime before had us as a laughing stock for years so at least keep that in perspective.

  25. Chiefs D is very underrated.

    Their tackling is the best in the league, you never see much if any YAC, especially on the underneath stuff.

  26. Or you could just hang around until they CRASH & BURN like they did for 20yr with the Pats!

  27. The only thing that is disconcerting is that the Chiefs D can give up a lot of points at times. The saving grace is that the Offense can score lots of points (and the ST is quite good too). Expect the Bucs to be steady throughout.

    Should be a great matchup if there are no lineup changes in the next 12 days….

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