Of all the head coaches in the NFL, Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks Sean McDermott near the bottom. Although first year head coaches don’t get a fair shake in rankings like these, it is understandable why any of the newbies wouldn’t be ahead of the veterans. Here is what Harrison had to say about the Bills new coach:
McDermott has a large task at hand with the Bills and their community, and so far he seems to be the right guy for the job. Without his team playing a snap, expectations seem to be high, and improving the defense will be the main factor to determine whether or not he will move up in the rankings.
Switching back to a 4-3 base defense will help guys like Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson get comfortable to be able to create that pressure that was missing during the Rex Ryan disaster.
Simple schemes and clarity among assignments will help the rest of the defense elevate their game. If McDermott’s process prevails, expect to seem him climb this ranking as years pass.