Sean McDermott: You keep knocking on the door

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The Bills have been among the best teams in the AFC for the last three seasons, but they have not been able to finish the job in the postseason.

Losses in Kansas City ended the 2020 and 2021 seasons and the Bills’ misery was extended with a 27-10 drubbing at the hands of the Bengals this year. This loss took place on a snowy day in Buffalo, so nabbing the home field advantage the Bills had been chasing didn’t turn out to be much help to the cause.

The run of unhappy endings may have some people wondering if the Bills can keep trying the same things if they want to get a different result. After Sunday’s loss, however, Bills head coach Sean McDermott did not sound like someone who thinks this team’s window to win a championship is closing.

“This is a good football team and you learn from things like this,” McDermott said, via the team’s website. “You keep knocking on the door. That’s what you do. You stay steadfast in your focus and your approach. You work your tail off. Again, that’s a good football team we just played, and they played better than we did. They coached better than we did. And we’ve got to learn from this and make the proper adjustments so we can continue to move this organization forward because that’s the direction we’re heading. That’s what we have to do if we want to continue to knock at this door and move beyond where we were this year. So the goal hasn’t changed and won’t change for this organization. And we’ve got to continue to do everything we can to get there. That’s the goal.”

Every offseason brings changes and the Bills have used the last couple to try to find the missing pieces of their championship puzzle. That hasn’t worked out and now we’ll see if the next few months feature a different approach to their attempt to scale the final mountain.

51 responses to “Sean McDermott: You keep knocking on the door

  1. This is a discouraging response. The team has not learned from its mistakes at all, despite his constant coach speak to the contrary. In reality this team is regressing closer to the 2019 wild card loser version of itself, than it is to progressing from the 2020 team who fell a game short of the superbowl.

    They will not get there without serious staff changes and evaluations of game strategy and football philosophy. They will continue to knock, and it will never be answered.

    The Chiefs were already ahead of them. The Bengals have gone from 1st overall pick bad, to surpassing them in a matter of 3 seasons.

  2. Not a competitive game at all, and looked it was going to be the same 3 weeks ago before the game was stopped. Bills seem to be emotionally worn out right now, maybe result of the pressure of being heavily favoured by all pundits for months plus the tough losses of last and previous years

  3. The same old saying in Buffalo year after year! There’s always next year!
    Will we ever get a championship in Buffalo?
    I doubt it.
    Just hope.
    Sad day when your team doesn’t show up.

  4. Sean has spent 5 1st round picks on a defense that looks like it would have given up 45 pts if Josh could manage 42.

    Year after year 1st and 2nd rounders go to the defense and it’s left the Buffalo OL in shambles.

    It’s a bottom 5 OL at best and that is with Allen being a bucking bronco houdini man to sack.

  5. And then they get the door slammed in their face.
    You don’t knock on it, you knock it down.

  6. Bills are a soft team. Would still have been soft even if Von Miller was there.

  7. That team wasn’t built for bad weather football, and they didn’t make a single adjustment at halftime

  8. Knock on the door? To paraphrase Bum Phillips, you need to bang on the door and kick the SOB in!

  9. “Knocking on the door”,. That’s the term Bum Phillips used with the Houston Oilers many years ago. No one ever answered.

  10. Sometimes a great core group of players never wins a Super Bowl. The Vikings made the playoffs every year but one from 1992-2000 and never got to the Super Bowl. They lost in the NFC championship in 1998 and 2000. The Bills of the early 1990s made it to four straight Super Bowls and lost all four. Eagles under Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb in the early 2000s were perennial playoff teams and even made it to a Super Bowl but they never won a Super Bowl. There are plenty more teams like that throughout NFL history. If the Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs Bills never win a Super Bowl, it won’t be some sort of disappointment that the NFL has never seen before. It’s happened plenty of times.

  11. bozobiden says:
    January 23, 2023 at 9:35 am
    That team wasn’t built for bad weather football, and they didn’t make a single adjustment at halftime

    And that’s on the GM and coach
    You play in the Northeast but are not very good in bad weather

  12. Starting to look like the old Houston Oilers. All they did was knock on the door. They never kicked it down!

  13. Time for macdermott to go. Thank him for his services in pulling this franchise out of the gutter but he has done all he is capable of. Just like the time comes to move on from players it’s time to move on from coaches. He is incapable of getting this team to the next step. If he returns next year with the same OC and DC the result will be the same! Good by!

  14. McDermott is an average coach and is too arrogant to make changes. As for pressure, folks should appreciate the constant pressure that was on the Pats during their 20 year run. They took every team’s best shot every game. Their will to win was incredible and it started with TB12. Josh Allen is very talented but he seems to use his brawn a lot more than his brain. That’s his undoing.

  15. the start to one of my favorite Bum Philips quotes:

    “…and next year, we are gonna kick the sumbitch in!”

  16. Knock, Knock
    Who’s there?
    Sean
    Sean Who?
    A better Sean…Sean Payton
    Now get out of my way, Sean McD
    I have a job to get done.

  17. Reminds me of how the old Houston Oilers said they would “Kick it in” after knocking on the door back in the 70s/80s with Bum and Granville. Never played out that way though.

  18. Sometimes a great core group of players never wins a Super Bowl. The Vikings made the playoffs every year but one from 1992-2000 and never got to the Super Bowl. They lost in the NFC championship in 1998 and 2000. The Bills of the early 1990s made it to four straight Super Bowls and lost all four. Eagles under Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb in the early 2000s were perennial playoff teams and even made it to a Super Bowl but they never won a Super Bowl. There are plenty more teams like that throughout NFL history. If the Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs Bills never win a Super Bowl, it won’t be some sort of disappointment that the NFL has never seen before. It’s happened plenty of times.

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    Make the Patriots dynasty look even more remarkable!

  19. Though they had the KGun offense in the 90’s, Thurman Thomas was a huge factor running the ball. They don’t seem interested in establishing a running game, nor do they have a bellcow back.

  20. The door may be closed, who knows. All they can do is keep trying. I’m glad we have an exciting QB to watch, and I feel like they might be able to get over the top as long as they have him.

    But Cincy really exposed the weaknesses this team has now. They are soft – more finesse than physical, and not really built for the weather their city usually has. Beane has work to do if they’re ever going to get through that door.

    Best of luck to the Bengals. It would be cool to see them get their 1st.

  21. bozobiden says:
    January 23, 2023 at 9:35 am
    That team wasn’t built for bad weather football

    That’s exactly right, same thing with Green Bay. They had that record of not losing at Lambeau under a certain temperature, now they can’t seem to win at all in bad weather. They both essentially built ideal dome teams to play outside in January in Buffalo and Green Bay

  22. Josh regressed after Brian Daboll left, and Sean never figured out the run game. Some coaches stubbornly stick with a certain philosophy (“we have a great QB, let’s put everything on his shoulders and play hero-ball!”), even when it’s not working.

  23. Unfortunately this team is not going to get any better with Josh’s salary kicking in next year. Do you stay the course with a coaching staff that cannot close, get over the hump or blow it up (like the Bucs did with then dumped Dungy and traded for Gruden) and revamp/replace the coaching staff. What they are doing now and it has been same for the past few years is not enough.

  24. Outcoached in every phase of the game. Bills are going to have to make some bold changes to take the next step.

  25. You knew this was coming after the Bills barely beat a seriously undermanned Dolphins team starting a third-string QB in his second full game at home the week before.

  26. They are one dimensional team on offense give them two strong talented RB’s say like the Lions have and a deeper more athletic younger WR group that’s when this team can take that next step.

  27. Its obvious the events of the last two weeks have affected McDermott to the point whether he wants to coach any more. His team gave up before the game with Cincy ever started, no energy, no desire except to mail it in and go to Cancun. The owners of the Bills need to have a serious heart to heart with McDermott and evaluate his desire to lead the Bills.

  28. I like McDermott and think he is a good HC. But, sometimes an HC can only take you so far. Like Buck showalter. He is a great manager for teaching players how to play the game properly, but has never been able to get a team over the top.

    Diggs weekly antics is a sign of weak leadership. How is a guy with a captain patch able to act like that routinely.

    Yesterday’s loss was so bad, changes have to be made. Coordinators and above are the only acceptable changes for a loss that bad.

  29. And just like that, the AFC will be competitive next year. Many truly underestimate all the moving parts that must be orchestrated to win a championship. If it was just a QB and a couple of recievers then Rogers, Brees and Mahomes would have multiples trophies.

  30. And counting 100 years from now you’ll still be knocking on the door. If I’m the owner of the Bills I’ll fire McDermott right now. Obviously, he can’t win big games when it counts.

  31. The problem is simple: they can’t impose their will in the running game. Their offensive line is bottom-third of the league.

  32. Milano showed up yesterday, but the rest of the defense were on their heels and didnt want to tackle. Without Miller there was no pass rush and the team puts too much on Allen on offense. The team couldnt even take advantage of the Allen “incompletion”. Expectations are high and the team just has to fight through it.

  33. OL play was horrible, Defense was worse! I get that they lost Miller for the season but Cincy was playing with 2 of their 5 starting OL and the D still couldn’t get to Burrow, there is a problem there!

  34. 60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    January 23, 2023 at 9:32 am
    Sean has spent 5 1st round picks on a defense that looks like it would have given up 45 pts if Josh could manage 42.

    Year after year 1st and 2nd rounders go to the defense and it’s left the Buffalo OL in shambles.

    It’s a bottom 5 OL at best and that is with Allen being a bucking bronco houdini man to sack.
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    The players are fine. They’re good enough to have posted a record of 37-12 over the last three years. You dont acheive that with bad players.

    The problem is coaching. Good coaches expose the weaknesses of other teams, and strategize on how to improve theirs. These coaches dont improve on any of their weaknesses while constantly having them exploited.

    You see it all the time- a new coordinator turns a poor unit into a good one with the same players. Or vice versa, a new one causes the same players to regress as a unit.

  35. The bills were seriously missing DeMar if he was out there Cincinnati wouldn’t have stood a chance .

  36. Without the refs fixing games for them the Bills wouldnt of been playing this weekend…

    It’s that simple

  37. QBs and WRs get most of the attention, money and glory. RBs get some. But it’s the “Big Uglies” who usually decide who wins the big games.

  38. Remember when Andy Reid was fired from the Philadelphia Eagles? All he did was have them win BUT no Super Bowl. lurie was not happy with that and made the move to Dougie Peterson which ended up being the right call . Maybe time to let McDermott go.

  39. If the refs were instructed to fix games for the Bills – they sure missed the memo yesterday.

    I think we can put that narrative to rest. If you want to argue that the cancelled-game compromise was fixed for the Bills, have at it. But these games aren’t rigged.

  40. And counting 100 years from now, you’ll still be knocking on the door but will never get there. If I’m the owners of the Bills I’ll fire this guy right away, obviously, he can’t get it done when it counts.

  41. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    January 23, 2023 at 10:16 am
    Buffalo window has closed. The Patriots retake the division.

    ————-

    Lmao. Thanks for the laugh.

  42. As long as they have Allen they’ve got a chance. The trick will be cap manipulation once his contract kicks in.

  43. The elephant in the room is the regression of Josh Allen. Starting in the first Miami game he made several questionable decisions and inaccurate throws and it carried forward all season. Don’t think its a coincidence that he misses Daboll.

  44. The Bills weren’t right mentally. Sure they’ve had distractions but you have to stay focused. That’s on the coaches.
    Getting schooled in winter was an embarrassment.
    If McDermott doesn’t learn to make adjustments he’ll go out as this generation’s Schottenheimer.
    As great as Allen is, you have to control the clock with the run game. When your short yardage back is your QB you need to go back to the drawing board.
    One more thing, the Bills play better on the road.

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