McDermott: 'I thought we got away from our game'

October 01, 2018 - 5:37 pm

Compared to last Sunday's performance in Minnesota, the Buffalo Bills looked like a completely different team in a 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

The Bills' defense struggled, at times, against a banged-up Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers offense, while the Buffalo offense and rookie quarterback Josh Allen did not get anything going from start to finish. Overall, the Bills combined for just 145 yards of total offense and never once crossed the Packers' 20-yard line.

Despite the shutout loss, head coach Sean McDermott and the team feels that hope is not yet lost just yet this season. The second-year head coach took the time to join Mike Schopp and the Bulldog for his weekly visit on Buffalo Bills Football Monday.

Here is some of what he had to say:


McDermott on playing a team like the Packers:

"When you play a good team offense, you can establish the line of scrimmage, play-action, and throw the football. A lot of hands are needed to establish that."


McDermott on the effort yesterday:

"There were times yesterday where our play was up to our standard, and other times we weren't. I thought we got away from our game."


McDermott on McCoy:

"[His touch count] is low. LeSean is one of our better players. He's a guy we habe to get the ball to early in the game and often as well. With good running backs, the more touches they get, the better they are... Plain and simply we didn't do a good enough job of that yesterday... I wouldn't doubt [that McCoy is frustrated]. He's a prideful guy. He's a guy that wants touches and we have to get him them."


McDermott on preparations:

"When you go into a game, the best thing to do is have a bullet-pointed checklist. Wanting to do things early, and have something accomplished by halftime."


McDermott on Micah Hyde:

"He didn't get a chance to contribute back in Green Bay where he started his career. I thought the guys that stepped in (Siran Neal, Rafael Bush) did a good job."


McDermott on the wide receivers:

"We coach our wide receivers to make sure they're going forward when they go out of bounds to stop the clock. We coach our defense to try and make [opposing receivers] go backwards and get out of bounds."


McDermott on Josh Allen:

"We have to shape every game plan in a way we can protect our quarterback. This is a situation where Josh will continue to learn. You either win or you learn, and he has a lot to learn from yesterday's game... I got to him a couple of times yesterday, telling him what I thought he needed to do. In particular, [we talked about] the interception right before the half and what he needs to learn from that. We have one of the best kickers in the NFL and could've had three points there."


McDermott on what matters in this league:

"At the end of the day you have to be able to score points. Defensively, the goal used to be to keep the other team under 14 points. Now, it's 17 points. That meter continues to go up."


You can hear McDermott's entire interview below:

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