Sean McDermott stresses patience

Bills update

Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott stressed patience after his team starts 1-3.

The coach addressed the media at One Bills Drive Wednesday morning.

Among the topics he covered was the importance of winning the battle at the line of scrimmage, “if you don’t win at the line of scrimmage in the run or the pass game you got no chance, so we have to establish the line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball, and the defensive side of the ball for that matter.  It’s a weekly thing, it’s not just new this week, it’s a football fundamental, one on one we have to win at the line of scrimmage.”

McDermott talked about the progression of Josh Allen, comparing him to Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, “that’s not a unique thing with Josh, or first time young quarterbacks in the league, I don’t remember the year exactly, but going up against Marcus when we played Tennessee years ago, when he was early in his career, different quarterback now than he was then. If your worth your weight, and he is, he’s a darn good quarterback, you develop through experience amd through scars. That’s what you do, you learn from things that don’t go your way.”

McDermott had high praise for rookie defensive back Taron Johnson, “he’s a dog, in a good way. That’s what you have to have, you feel him out there,for a young player to have made that type of presence known from that nickel position is huge to our defense.”

“I’m not a patient guy by nature, and that serves me well in a job like this, but at times not like this.  You go through this and say hey, we’re a young team overall, and there’s going to be some of these moments, as hard as it is, you have to understand where we are in this building. These moments if you learn from them are scars that we are taking on. if you use them the right way, you’ll look back and say that was good for us,” McDermott said.

As far as injuries are concerned, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and defnesive tackle Kyle Williams were given a veterans day off from practice Wednesday.  Also not practicing Wednesday due to injury are Micah Hyde (groin) and Rafael Bush (shoulder).  Tight end Charles Ckay and defensive end Shaq Lawson will be limited in practice Wednesday.  

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