BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - With reports the Eagles reached out to the Bills for a potential trade regarding LeSean McCoy, head coach Sean McDermott didn't want to spend much time discussing the status of his star running back.
WATCH: 4 Notable Quotes from #Bills HC Sean McDermott who didn't say much about the rumors surrounding LeSean McCoy but plenty to say about QB Derek Anderson -- https://t.co/eqR8hQX9ZV @news4buffalo pic.twitter.com/GYleJ1KbvR— Nick Filipowski (@NEWS4_NICK) October 10, 2018
Opening Statement: Alright, we’ll go ahead and get started. I’m going to open up with, just to get out in front of [the] LeSean [McCoy] thing a little bit here the best I can. I wasn’t obviously speaking yesterday. LeSean is one of our better players. I thought he had a good game the other day. Really, we’re just looking forward to playing the Houston Texans. We get calls all the time, incoming calls happen all the time. Brandon [Beane] and I talk a lot, and I won’t go into any more detail than that. Again, this is a big week for us. It’s another opportunity to get better, an opportunity for us to develop as a football team against a very good opponent, in particular down there in a tough place to play. With that, I’ll open it up to your questions.
Q: Is LeSean McCoy available for trade?
A: I’m not going into [that]. This is why I came out and started where I started. If you just want to hear the same reply, I’ll give you the same reply. I respect where you’re coming from and the jobs you have to do, respect where I’m coming from. He’s a valuable member of our football team, and I’m going to leave it at that.
Q: One day into the Derek Anderson time here. Obviously, he’s been with Josh [Allen] for the good part of yesterday. I know it’s early, but is there going to be some good synergy there in your opinion?
A: Yeah, I would hope. That’s part of why we did what we did. I’ve been around Derek in Carolina. Obviously, I was on the other side of the ball naturally, but I really liked his personality and the way he helped the football team, both when he played and then, primarily, his role down there was serving as a backup. He helped Cam [Newton] on and off the field a little bit there and [he’s] just a smart football player that’s seen a lot of NFL football over the years. [He] brings quite a bit to the table as far as that goes.
Q: Back to [your point about] Carolina with Derek and Cam Newton, I know you were on the other side of the ball and those things, but can you share some observations of how he was handling this mentoring role that, I assume, gave you confidence to potentially add him [to the roster]?
A: Yeah, that’s a good question and a fair question. Derek, when you get to know him, you guys will get to know him, he’s very even keeled in terms of playing in and playing out situations, game in and game out, week-to-week. Like I said, he’s a veteran player that’s been around both the good moments and the low moments. He’s just a steady hand that, as I said before, has a tremendous amount of wisdom baked into him from over the years in different roles. Now, there were times that he was our scout team quarterback [where] he drove me crazy because I was trying to get him to throw the ball to a certain guy and he would be reading the whole progression out, so we had some moments and we laugh about those moments. He’s good to have with us, and we’re happy to have him and his family.