Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Monday, July 31, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
One thing is certain when it comes to new Bills head coach Sean McDermott, and that is that the Buffalo fanbase absolutely LOVES HIM. Serving as a sudden breath of fresh air after the stale, greasy, gassy scent of digested chicken wings which was left behind by Rex and Rob Ryan, McDermott has brought with him a vibe which seems sure to change the culture in Buffalo for years to come.
Last year’s Bills team just wasn’t good enough. In every phase, and every way, Buffalo came up short time-after-time which is a surefire reflection of their previous head coach. Now, this isn’t to say I didn’t like Rex at first, nor am I ignoring the bright spots during his tenure – which were few and far between – but when you stack him up against the Bills’ new head coach, McDermott clearly looks like an upgrade.
I’m not sure how you could deny that.
McDermott’s ability to lead isn’t the only thing that has shown through during the first few days of Bills training camp, as his attention to detail, and ability to interact with the fans & media – among other things – have also been mighty impressive. A different culture is being built at One Bills Drive, and the team’s head coach is right at the center of that culture change.
“I’m excited about the 2017 Buffalo Bills,” said Bills HOFer Jim Kelly at the Jim Kelly Football Camp this offseason. “Coach McDermott brings discipline to the table that we haven’t had in a while.”
I,too, share Kelly’s sentiments and am looking forward to an era of clean, solid play on the field, and clean, solid conduct off the field as well. That’s what it will take to turn this franchise into a perennial playoff contender – the likes of which we haven’t seen since the late-90’s.
In the end, it seems that at long last Bills’ ownership has found the right man for the job. Now, things may not work out right away, and it may take a bit more time to lift the chains off of this team’s playoff chances, but I’m in it for the long haul.
McDermott, or bust.
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