Sean McDermott, Ken Dorsey discuss Dorsey’s booth tirade


Sunday’s game between the Bills and Dolphins had more than a few unique storylines. One emerged when the camera in every team’s coaching booth showed offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey blowing a gasket immediately after the game.

Dorsey was seen throwing down his headset, ripping off his hat, and repeatedly picking up and slamming down his notebooks and papers — until someone’s hand covered the lens.

The video has been widely viewed in all corners of social media, from the raw footage to a variety of memes. On Monday, both coach Sean McDermott and Dorsey discussed the situation with reporters.

“Ken and I talked about it,” McDermott told reporters, via Thad Brown of WROC-TV. “I think it’s something where we’ve got to keep our poise. I love the fact he cares that much. I think that says a lot about him as a coach. That said, it’s important we as leaders keep our poise.”

It was an intense game,” Dorsey said, via Kimberley Martin of “I’m watching my guys give everything they have in them. . . . It was a playoff atmosphere. . . . I reacted that way, and that’s definitely something I’m going to learn from and make sure it’s corrected moving forward.”

Before the season began, the team’s official website touted Dorsey’s “ultra-competitive” nature.

“He’s a brilliant football coach, but he’s just so competitive,” center Mitch Morse was quoted as saying in the article. “The best way you can describe it is the Holy Spirit can come out of him and you don’t know when it’s going to come out. You don’t want to be on the other end of that because it can be ruthless.”

The spirit that emerged from Dorsey on Sunday seemed more demonic than heavenly, and it will be interesting to see whether it continues. And whether the Bills and/or the league will allow the various networks to broadcast live footage of Dorsey having another meltdown.

With the Bills failing to extend their early-season dominance despite holding major advantages in all relevant statistical categories against the Dolphins, it’s understandable that Dorsey and others would be feeling frustrated. And it underscores the intense pressure placed on the entire organization to meet sky-high expectations for a team that has never won a Super Bowl and hasn’t been there in 29 years.

And consider this, when it comes to the pressure on McDermott and Dorsey to figure out how to win close games. Including playoffs, the Bills since the start of last season are 0-7 in one-score games. In all other contests, they’re 14-1.

17 responses to “Sean McDermott, Ken Dorsey discuss Dorsey’s booth tirade

  1. Sore loser. Baltimore is going to crush them Sunday. Nothing left in the tank, they blew it all in the first two weeks of the season.

  2. Was a good game between two good teams, was even a short week for Buffalo having to go on the road. Buffalo will be fine and so will Dorsey. Not the first coach to do something like this

  3. The guy is definitely passionate about what he does. Out of control? Yes. Did it hurt anything expect those head phones? No. He’ll learn from it.

  4. I am ok with him melting down, what I am not ok with is a few minutes before after they didnt get the TD it looked like he was packing up, even though they got the ball back with plenty of time on the clock.

  5. The thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is life of Bills Mafia Fan and Coaches …

  6. Passion…gotta love it.
    It’s a shame we all can’t be exposed similarly, when we let our emotions get the best of us in moments like this. My guess is we’d have little to nothing to say.
    Passion…gotta love it.

  7. I hope Dorsey the coach never has to deal with a player as bad as Ken Dorsey the QB. That would be ugly

  8. Buffalo still shows they melt down in close games. They lost a lot of them last year. Still so many questions. When they’re on, they’re the best in the league, but we all know the playoffs rarely play out like that for anybody. Physicality still bothers this team too.

  9. Bills thought they could pull off an undefeated season like the Patriots couldn’t. Tough to have that dream dashed in Week 3, against a division rival.

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