ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott began his Tuesday morning conference by thanking the team’s ownership and staff.
He went on to acknowledge and thank Lorenzo Alexander, the recently retired Bills linebacker.
In terms of the game that knocked them out of the playoffs, McDermott says things didn’t go as they planned in the second half, noting there’s a lot the Bills can learn from it.
The Bills’ opponent, the Houston Texans, came into the playoffs with the same win-loss record as our home team, 10-6.
The even playing field showed itself as the teams fought a close game that reached a score of 19-19 by the end of the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the Texans came ahead with a win in overtime, finishing the game with a field goal that brought them an additional three points.
“We scored field goals and we needed touchdowns,” McDermott said.
The coach says 23-year-old quarterback Josh Allen has improved, and the team needs to continue fostering his abilities.
“We’ve got some thoughts on where we need to improve,” McDermott said. “Certainly, continuity is important.”
The team’s defense was mentioned by the coach, saying execution on defense needs to improve.
“In key moments of the game, we didn’t tackle well,” he said.
McDermott made it clear that some of the calls made by the referees were not the reason the Bills lost, saying he and the team take responsibility for the loss.
“Whoever earns playing time, that’s who plays,” the coach remarked.
McDermott took time to recognize the rookie class of players, saying they progressed quicker than the previous year’s rookies.
“I expect the Buffalo Bills to never stop fighting,” McDermott concluded.
Minutes later, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane took the podium.
Like McDermott, Beane took a moment to thank Lorenzo Alexander, and went on to talk about the Bills’ supportive fan base.
Beane also made remarks on Josh Allen’s performance, saying that sometimes he tries to do too much.
“I think he tried to put all 45 guys on his back,” Beane said.
Still though, Beane says he’s proud of Josh, and believes he will come back even better.
Looking at the game against the Texans, Beane says he didn’t agree with some of the calls, but noted they were out of his control.
With the future in mind, Beane says to not expect anything radical when it comes to draft trades or free agency.