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Transcript: Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott addresses recent protests, COVID-19 offseason

The Bills’ head coach spoke on a bunch of topics Wednesday

On Wednesday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott spoke to member of the media via Zoom. A broad range of topics were discussed from the unrest and protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, to the COVID-19 effects on the offseason, to Ed Oliver’s arrest, Josh Allen, team leadership, and a lot more.

Below is the full, unedited transcript of the call.

Q: Have you had discussions with the team about the situation that is on-going in our country?

A: Right, we have. So we just discussed it as a team on Monday. And I know that the Pegula’s also put out a statement. So I think, just overall, I’m disappointed. And just to give you the general gist of what I shared with the team is that I was disappointed. As a coach in the National Football League, or for any matter, I know that this hits very close to home, or hits directly at home for a lot of the guys on our football team. And when we talk about doing things the right way, I just feel strongly about right now as a country we need to unify. There’s been obviously through this situation and other situations, there’s a divide and I think that we as a country we need to come together.

Part of the reason why we share stories in our culture and in our building is to learn about one another. And with that comes certainly some differences, but with that also comes a lot of similarities between people. I think together, I hope that our team can be a unifying picture of what it should look like. I really believe that, I really do. As you know we’ve been in the community and we believe in that. We believe in doing things in the community that are right. And I’ve tried to open myself up to our players to be a listener, to be listening, a good listener in this case and I think that’s important to educate myself and build awareness.

At the same time lead our team and our family through this. And then as you’ve heard me talk about before, it’s important as far as my faith goes is the love that we are to have for one another. And that’s not just inside our building, but that’s in the world. So that was kind of the general gist of what I shared with the team and it’s obviously something that we take very seriously. I’m a big believer in doing things right. I’m also a big believer in loving one another.

Q: Do you have any reaction to what took place here in Buffalo?

A: Yeah, I know that there were protests and certainly some things escalated (from) what I’ve been told and what I’ve become aware of. And as Kim and Terry put out in their statement, and as I shared with our team, I don’t think there’s any place for that as far as the violence. What we’ve got to do right now as a country is again unify and make really good decisions. Use that energy to make good decisions and I know emotions are very high right now. And that is to be expected. As I share with our players, let’s handle that energy to do good in our communities.

Q: What was your reaction to the video that came out of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minnesota police officers?

A: Yeah, I was disgusted by it and ashamed, as I shared with our players. Just as human beings, right, just as human beings that’s…We’re all human and I share that with our players. We’re professional coaches, professional football players, but at the end of the day we’re human beings. And so, yeah, I was disappointed, disgusted and ashamed.

Q: What have you heard from your players in your discussions over the past week?

A: I’m not the only one that’s listening and I’m not the only one involved in these conversations with our team. We’ve got a great support staff and our development team, as we call them, has done a great job communicating with our players and our coaches. The point I’m trying to make is it’s not just me it’s, it’s our collective team, trying to do our best to communicate and be good listeners and be there for our players. We have a social justice initiative, as you know, (and) those conversations continue this week. And we need to continue to take steps to improve things and that’s what we’re committed to as Kim and Terry have mentioned. From a leadership standpoint, we all appreciate that.

Q: Are there any specifics you can share as to what you have been hearing from your players?

A: Number one is I want to keep those conversations amongst the team, but overall I can give you the general gist is, again, a lot of emotions. Running the gamut of emotions. Look this hits all of us, but for some it hits very close to home, and for others it hits close. So it is what you’d expect, I’m sure very much like emotions that you’ve been a part of and seen and heard around the country.

Q: What is your reaction to the NFL’s ruling that training camp will have to be at the team facility and not in Rochester as it has been for your first three years here?

A: I’ve spoken about this before, I think there were a lot of question early on whether Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were proponents of going away to training camp. I think there was some myth, for some reason, mixed messaging early. I don’t know how that happened but I’ve always been a proponent of going away. I think we’re one of the few teams that still does go away. I just believe in that for a lot of reasons, one of which is getting away I think builds fellowship and camaraderie. And you share an experience. Anytime you can share an experience, I think that bodes well for building community chemistry which is so important in my opinion to building a good team. So understanding obviously this is a situation that we have to do in terms of taking the best measures to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. And so I do support it, I respect the fact that the NFL has a vision and has the foresight to get out in front of things, so from a planning purpose we can plan accordingly.

Q: How does this virtual set-up impact building the team camaraderie given that the team might not be together for another two months whenever training camp takes place?

A: Yeah, listen, I think this has certainly been an event packed offseason, right, just in terms of the things that continue to happen. My biggest answer with that is what do you do with it. And to me it comes back to leadership, right. And that’s my job. That’s also the job of the veterans on our football team, it’s their team. And I’ve got to take ownership, they have to take ownership and find a way to navigate everything that’s happened and adjust. I’m confident, I really am. I’m confident that we will do that. We’ve got guys on our team that are built and wired that they’ve overcome adverse times before. As have I and so has Brandon. So does that mean it’s going to be easy? No. Does that mean that the world right now is easy? No. And we all need leadership and our football team needs leadership. So that’s what we plan on doing as the leaders of our football team, myself included, plan on leading us through these times.

Q: What’s the situation regarding Ed Oliver and his arrest in Texas?

A: Yeah, we’ve spoken with Ed. It’s a situation we take seriously, like all situations under that umbrella. We have spoken with Ed and where we are now is allowing the legal process to run it’s course, so I’m going to leave it at that.

Q: We got to see the Embedded videos that came out a couple weeks ago and Gabe Davis talked about Coach Daboll and how he is always wanting to Facetime players. What have you seen in how Coach Daboll tries to build a connection with the players?

A: Yeah, that’s a good detail. There’s a little bit of a running joke on our staff that Daboll doesn’t call anyone, he just Facetimes people. It’s been pretty cool to watch it unfold over this offseason because I’ve found myself now Facetiming people instead of just calling them which sometimes leads to weird surroundings and I’ll let you figure out what that looks like through the course of life. I think the connection part is cool because we haven’t been able to be together and just to see faces certainly makes it more personal. It’s personal and that’s the best step we can take right now, but still would surely be better to be in person and together with one another. When you can see someone’s face, I think it’s beneficial to both sides. We need this interaction as humans. Maybe Daboll was out in front of the times and a trailblazer.

Q: We saw nearly all offensive skill players were down in Florida. How much involvement did you have in that and what was your response?

A: That was driven by our players and driven by Josh Allen and the quarterback position. The neat thing about that was that so many guys showed up. That was not an easy thing to pull off. Josh was on the West Coast, along with Matt (Barkley) and Davis (Webb) was in Texas I believe and Jake (Fromm) is on the East Coast and we talked about leadership, right, to get the quarterback position to pull all that together and for the guys to meet them. I know they were somewhere in Florida. I think it was just outstanding right and then a big step for Josh Allen and his leadership. I talked about player driven leadership a few minutes ago, just a phenomenal job. And I know you guys have probably all seen the picture or pictures that have come from that I think it’s a great example, that visual, of what our world needs to look like with the guys smiling together and hands on each other’s shoulders. I think that’s a great snapshot for America.

Q: I know you talked about a little bit when we addressed the camp moving from Rochester back to Buffalo this year but when it comes to building the 2020 edition of the Bills. What do you miss by not being able to have that experience at Fisher?

A: When you’re away, it just kind of frees you up a little bit. So specifically to kind of give you the look behind the curtain when your away at camp, and I know myself, it’s a little bit of a different dynamic. When I go back to my room to go to bed, it’s just me. It’s not going home to my family and I think there’s a little bit of a pull for husbands and fathers and some of that and that’s all good when you’re when e home, but when you’re away it is nice to have that. What I found happens in those late nights or those off times is guys spend time together. You know, playing cards, playing dominoes and so it just helps to build that connection. What we did in the dorms up there is we set up, kind of, a mash area, if you will, in each entrance to each floor. So guys would also that don’t want to play games can also get iced or rehab. They can also get that there and that kind of became a little bit of a community in and of itself where guys get to know one another just you know laying on the ice table getting extra treatment. And I think those kind of in between times if you will is where there’s a lot of value in that and building our football team.

Q: Who’s the guy to stay away from when it comes to playing cards in the Bills?

A: I don’t know, I don’t go around those. The money that they throw around in some of those card games is way too high for me. I’ll play for $1 here or there, but that’s why they don’t invite me because I’m not a big time money guy like that, in terms of willing to ante up that type of dollar.

Q: You mentioned, Josh’s ability to get everybody to sort of come together in Florida. I’m curious what you’re seeing from him with the Zoom meetings, and again trying to be able to expand his leadership, and I guess control the room.

A: Yeah, he continues to take critical steps in all those areas that you mentioned, albeit it’s a little different the venue is different right now. You know his influence is still being felt through the Zoom meetings, you know, as you mentioned the example, just last week. And also, you know, I have a chance to dial in and listen in on some of the Zoom meetings and I try to spread myself around, but I do spend some time in that quarterback room. With Josh, the example that he that he is to the other guys you know is a good example of his leadership. You know he’s in there, he’s locked in with Coach Dorsey and, and I would say really all of them are. It’s been impressive when if you had the chance and opportunity that I have to bounce in and out of different meeting rooms, the guys are locked in and the coaches are doing a phenomenal job. That part isn’t easy either putting together your own meeting from home. You’re basically your own IT guy. We have great IT support from Dan Evans, our IT director, and Jeff Mueller, our video director, but that said at the end of the day, when the video goes down, or you’re having problems and you’re in the middle of a meeting you got to get it solved and fixed right there. I just think our coaches, I’ve been extremely pleased with the, the effort they’ve put into it, as well as the creativity. I mean we’re in week whatever now. So as you guys know, Zooms were great, getting it started and then I was like this is pretty cool how we can do this and after a while the luster wears off. So you got to find ways to continue to engage and keep guys dialed in, and they’ve done a great job of that.

Q: Obviously, meeting Stefon Diggs in person, versus having to do this through Zoom I’m just curious what your impressions are of the player and the person thus far.

A: I’ve enjoyed it myself. I know he’s had a chance to interact with the players, some of them as well via last weekend. For me, I’ve really enjoyed it. We start with a clean slate and I’ve enjoyed getting to know Stefon and getting to know a little bit about his background and a little bit about his family. You know I know he’s a big workout guy and I think just like any good relationship, it has to start with building that building that trust and it has to really begin with that trust begins with respect and mutual respect for one another, and I’ve enjoyed the fact that he’s been, you know, been communicating with us and with me and been in the meetings and he’s done a good job so far.

Q: Just to follow up on Josh Allen. I’m sure you were expecting him to take these steps. How encouraged are you to continue taking command of this team?

A: Very encouraged, very encouraged and it’s a critical step that he took it upon himself and his own initiative to put this together. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to put this type of thing together. Whether we continue to be apart like we are now or when we come back together, this will be a feather in Josh’s cap that he was able to do what he did. You saw the response just in sheer numbers. And so that alone tells you what type of respect his teammates have for him and what type of respect Josh has for his teammates. And again, I go back to that picture that’s kind of stuck, that vision is stuck in my head that’s a great, great picture. Albeit just the offense of our football team and I’m extremely proud of the guys for what they did and how they did it.

Q: I recall how much praise the players had for this team in having an open discussion when it came to the decision on Colin Kaepernick and kneeling. It seemed to bond that team. How much did you learn from that and how much did you maybe draw upon that moment, and knowing you had to address this issue head on.

A: Yeah, it’s a great question. Every experience you try and learn from. And that was certainly one that I learned a lot from. And I think we as an organization learned a lot from. And I think you see the result of that, this past week, when we had the opportunity to address our players. On Monday we did that, and Terry and Kim put out a statement. You know, they were at the forefront of this as well. And so I think that says a lot about things that we’ve taken from that other experience and as well as what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to lead and Brandon’s been involved in this as well from the start so I just think, you know, making ourselves available. Addressing the situation to your point head on has been important and will continue to be important.

Q: To follow up, you talked a lot about leadership here. You talked about how with Stefon Diggs in that group down in Florida and you know, sometimes when players come in from other teams, kind of stepping in and gauging their ability to speak up and lead is not always the easiest thing. How have you found it, because so much of this has been remote. I mean guys like Mario Addison, Stefon, have they just kind of tried to stay in a lane or have they tried to exert themselves?

A: Well I think it’s varied a little bit and it’s what you’d expect. You know, there’s guys that have asserted themselves from a leadership standpoint a little bit more. And so what I’ve found, what I’ve learned over the years… In our Super Bowl year in Carolina, in particular, was we had some new players, some veteran players that had come in, and they really want to…there’s an interesting dynamic in the locker room, in an NFL locker room, and very few times we find a player that comes in right away and really, from a leadership standpoint, does everything he can to get out in front right away because there’s such a earning it type of mentality in the locker rooms, across NFL teams. And I learned that going through my time on that Super Bowl team and so, fast forward to this year. I’ve been, to your point, impressed with how a couple of our guys in particular that are new to team have really asserted themselves, even though they have not yet met all of their teammates in person. And I think that’s been really cool because when you can do that, I think that really speaks of our culture, our existing culture and it also speaks to who they these individual players are, and their DNA that they feel comfortable saying “hey, listen, I’m here to win and I know if we’re going to win I need to do my part in leading our football team.” I think unusual times call for unusual measures in certain moments and I think that’s been one of the positives of our offseason to this point. I’m extremely grateful for it.

Q: Would you mind sharing some names?

A: Well you hit Mario Addison, AJ Klein, Quinton Jefferson…there’s a couple on the defensive side. On the offensive side, there’s already been a few mentioned and even some of the rookies have really asserted themselves, more so than normal. It’s been a really good rookie class to this point on the zoom meetings, albeit. But you find leaders, kind of, coming to the forefront in that class as well and in those meetings that we have that are just separate for the rookies. So a little bit different on the offensive side just because of how we address things with the offense, from a personnel standpoint but it’s been good to see and Josh has driven a lot of that on the offensive side. You know Jon Feliciano has driven a lot of that as well and John Brown and Cole Beasley. I mean you’re talking about a position in wide receivers that you don’t always get that type of leadership and to see John Brown and Cole Beasley do that…Andre Roberts, the same way and at that position. So we’ve got some good veteran leaders on this football team and it’s a key aspect for us as we move forward.

Q: A question for you about Leslie Frazier….here’s a guy who is so highly respected, not only amongst the coaching staff, but inside that locker room. How has Leslie helped you and your staff, and these players navigate through everything that’s going on right now?

A: Yeah. It’s been a huge piece of our formula here in Buffalo. You know, it’s about people, right? I know I get a lot of credit, Brandon [Beane] gets a lot of credit, and we certainly appreciate that, but at the end of the day, we haven’t done this alone. And we’ve got great support in both of our staffs and everyone in our building and Leslie has been a big part of that. And that’s also part of the reason why we wanted to promote him and give him the title of assistant head coach. He’s got a really good way about him. He has a history of playing in this league, as well as coaching for a long time in this league and one thing about Leslie, that as you guys have gotten to know him is, he’s very even keeled. He thinks things through. I know I appreciate that, I know the staff and the players appreciate that and he’s very cool under pressure so Leslie’s been a great sounding board for myself. And it’s been interesting to watch our relationship grow, knowing that we knew each other and coached with one another years ago with Andy Reid in Philadelphia. Then we were apart for a handful of years and we stayed in touch and now to be back together again, even in these three years, going on four, to watch our relationship grow. He has helped me in so many ways; as a man, as a husband, father, son and in my faith. And I know he’s been a big part of the equation with our football team.

Q: How do you intend to balance, what is a very rising social and racial issue with your players, while also trying to complete the work that you have to get accomplished, not only for training camp, but even going forward? I know you have the social justice committee. I know you have your leadership council. Going forward, have you kind of laid out in your mind, the way you have to pay this the proper attention with knowing so many players, really all players, are affected by this?

A: As a country, we’re all affected by it, including the players, everyone’s affected by this, right? So I think the biggest thing, you know as a head coach, before I even became a head coach, I had done my research, as you guys know. One of the reoccurring themes in head coaches that I spoke with was, you get very little time to coach, to actually be a coach, a football coach. And that’s real and it’s because of the leadership aspect of the job. If you had to break it down into a pie chart, it would probably be my amount of time on X’s and O’s, especially in the first year, was very little. And now, I’ve tried to manage my time better through experience and through, obviously, trusting staff to take some of that off my plate so that I can expose myself to the X’s and O’s more. But when things add up in a situation like this, where we have this going on, we’ve got, obviously the COVID situation going on...And so you spend a lot of time problem solving, and making yourself available to dialogue and have conversations. Again, I go back to the people - the people aspect of the job is real and you can have scheme, you can have that and that’s one of the things I’ve learned over the course of the last 10 years. You can have the scheme, you better have the scheme as a coach, but you also better be able to connect with people and have staff that can do the same. You know, my dad always taught me, my mom and dad both always taught me that, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I think that’s a true fact. So we’ve tried to do that, we’ll continue to try and make ourselves available and help facilitate our players in the action that they want to take in our community and that’s a big part of the Social Justice Initiative that that we formed two or three years ago now.

Q: You mentioned the rookies, and at this point you probably would have had them at the facility for about a month. Going through this process here virtually, what’s been different, and maybe has it made you evaluate how you onboard rookies and bring them into the culture and the playbook and everything like that? What’s this whole process been like?

A: Yeah, it’s been interesting. Nothing’s been normal or very few things have been normal. I would say those are the guys, that group, that class, as well as the veteran free agents, but in particular the rookies that are new to our football team, it’s a big time uphill climb for them, because not only do they not know us, but they don’t know our systems, our schemes. Then on top of that, you talk about transitioning to life in the NFL. That’s a whole other program that we’ve tried to be on point with in Buffalo here with our development team, and the amount of time that they spend in helping these young men transition to life in the NFL. So it’s been a challenge, and I think just awareness to that has been the first step. Awareness that there’s a huge gap and so we have to also then be realistic with potentially what could be their contribution level. We’ll see, early on in particular. So look, there could be a chance that if we don’t come back until training camp, we’ll see where that goes, but if we don’t, that there’s only basically six weeks, and we’re playing a real game that counts. What realistically and forget rookies, now I’m talking the whole team, what realistically as coaches, can we expect our players to do, and get good at during that time? There’s ongoing conversations and we’ve got to be at our at our best as a coaching staff and as an organization as we move forward.

Q: Going into your fourth year coach potentially This is probably on paper and your best roster, thus far. We’re on the outside noise predicting you to win the division this year, do you consider that good pressure and how will you keep your guys your young guys level-headed not to feed into the hype.

A: Yeah, games aren’t won on paper. I mean that’s true, games are won on paper, that’s the mindset we’ve embraced since we showed up here. If games are won on paper we would have been. We would have probably won two or three games the first year. That’s probably what we were projected to win and, and a handful of games the next year and just over handful of games last year, so I think that in it of itself is a great lesson for our football team right Muki? And you know it, but having said that I, you know, listen this is a, you know, like I said before, this is a, it shows a sign of respect in terms of expectations. When people and expectations rise it’s a sign of respect that people have for what we’ve done and how we do things. That said, we embrace it. It’s not going away. So we embrace it and, and, and we move forward and with them. At the same time, staying the course and knowing that we’ve got to earn it. You guys know we talk a lot about that here in Buffalo, you know wins in the NFL don’t come on paper. Wins the NFL don’t come in the offseason. Wins in the NFL are a result of earning the right to win. And that starts in the offseason, and it continues through the preseason and training camp and then it goes into Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. So, you know, that’s, that’s something that we certainly respect and, and there’s a lot of work in front of us at this point.

Q: With the possibility that there’s going to be a break until training camps kind of what are your expectations for the players and kind of what’s the plan in place if there is one for them.

A: Yeah, you know, my expectations on the break you know are this. I want the players to clearly understand what’s expected on the break, and the longer we’ve been here the better we’ve gotten at setting up our players in terms of handling that break at a high level. You know it’s interesting because coaches in a normal year, you know we’re going through the spring coaches and players both. And then coaches kind of take a break, where they can get away for three to four, four to five weeks and then the players though need to understand it, that’s when they should be ramping up their training, and so it’s a little bit of a paradox, if you will in terms of the relationship. This year we’ll probably be a little bit similar, but not normal as well for obvious reasons. And so, what we’re trying to do as information comes available to us is have the best plan in place. So, our players and staff know exactly what to expect. And I think with that clarity and you guys know this with clear, or with clarity around what’s expected you can operate at a high level and that’s what we expect them to do is to handle it. Handle it well and be in the best shape of their lives and certainly make good decisions off the field.

Q: Really quick just as a follow up, just your reaction I know you touched on it a little earlier but seeing a video of Josh [Allen] and Stefon meeting for the first time just kind of went through your head.

A: You know it’s a part of me was like it’s pretty cool you know and I’m smiling as I’m as I’m watching it, like you saw the video and I just, I’m appreciative of those two young men committing. Going to those lengths to get together, certainly aware of the social distancing aspect so it made me a little bit uneasy in these times. Overall though it’s fun to watch. These guys get to know one another and come together and really become, it’s cool and they can become teammates and really starts to develop that love for one another.

Q: I know you mentioned that you learned a lot about leading and things of that nature when you went through what you went through with the protest situation in 2017 and the way the organization handled everything. I’m curious, you know last weekend you’re, you’re kind of seeing everything that’s going on in the country and knowing that just strikes me that there’s a tremendous responsibility in that first message to the team, and what you’re going to say. I’m wondering who you leaned on or, or what resources you sought out to make sure you’re striking that right tone on Monday and striking the right balance I guess between the power that your words have but also, like you mentioned listening and kind of being a sounding board for guys.

A: Right, Matt. Good to see you as well. It’s uh, you’re spot on with that it’s – you want to make sure that you that you that you address, I wanted to make sure that that that we addressed it. Wanted to make sure that it was addressed in a genuine way, and I wanted to make sure that, to your point that I would that I counseled or got counsel from some of the members of our football team staff included, and some people that I hold in high regard outside of our football team. And so, as you know you’ve gotten to know me you know I do very few things on the spur of the moment. And so, but I also think that that shows how deeply I care about our football team in terms of making that investment, to make sure I learn and educated myself and was aware as I possibly could have of all the different variables in things and so that I was able to address, everyone. Because, our team is a is a microcosm of the world. We all come from different locations geographically and different backgrounds. So my goal was to was to address it, my goal was to show empathy and my goal was to make myself available in our organization as well as I navigate our team, or help navigate our team through this.

Q: Outside of it being – obviously you’re doing it over the computer this time, but what feels different. This time, as opposed to 2017 and I guess, is there any I’m sure there for a lot of us there’s disappointment that we’re back here, you know, talking about a lot of the same things, but what feels different this time around. What do you hope, hope will be better?

A: Well I would say from an organizational standpoint it was referenced earlier, you know, that was our first year together, myself and Brandon [Beane] with Terry and Kim [Pegula] from a leadership standpoint. And so, there were definitely conversations the night before, I believe was the Denver game in 2017. And so, you know, it’s important that we continue to dialogue, but just knowing where Terry and Kim now being together through that situation and many others, shared many other shared experiences, knowing how they feel. I think it’s just the kind of when you, when you develop that trust and that that strong relationship, you don’t even have to almost look to your left you already know how they’re going to respond or they think they know how I’m going to respond or, or I know how Brandon’s going to respond and vice versa and so that’s a nice comforting thing to have and the relationships we’ve built over these years. And so, yeah, it’s you know there’s a lot. There’s a lot to learn yet and I think that’s, you know, one of the other things I share with our team is you talk about those words that begin with the letter L, the love, the listen learned as a big part of it as well and then lead from there.

Q: Coach, can you give us an idea of attendance so far through offseason workouts, virtually and obviously a lot of moving parts here, but you know what you think about the attendance and the turnout with your guys

A: Yeah I have been very, very, very impressed guys have been consistent obviously sometimes you know things come up, like they do for all of us. But overall very impressed and appreciative as well, of the commitment of the participation and note the communication as well.

Q: I want you know we know that you’re in this zoom offseason program right but can you give us as much as many specifics I guess as possible as to what it looks like on a day by day or, or maybe even week by week basis, I mean what exactly are the guys doing are coaches, going through plays, just how, you know, how does it look I guess.

A: right so look behind the curtain for our team and it may be different for other teams but for our team is. We’ll start with rookie meetings just to give the rookies a just their own chance to get comfortable with their coach, position coach and ask questions that they had burning in their head maybe from the day before. And then on normal days, then they’ll get together – we’ll come together as a team potentially in a team meeting format, or we’ll go right into unit meetings offense/ defensively. And then special teams who got involved in, in the last probably three or four weeks in the first couple of weeks we did not involve special teams just to make it a little, a little more offense and defense based and get them going with a good foundation that way. And then the rookies end the day with back with their position coaches and then also in the in the rookie development program that is led by our development team Len Vanden Bos and his staff. And so what that really does is, work on again as I mentioned before transitioning to life in the NFL and off the field.

Q: Thanks. And then, Sean I wanted to follow up on one thing that was from earlier this offseason. There was a story written about the culture within PSE right now. And there was a reference made to possibly some concern on your part, regarding a low morale within the company. I don’t believe that you have been asked about that since that point. Is there anything that you can comment on or you would like to say about that, about the morale within the company and your feelings on it.

A: Yeah, every any concern that I have is, is addressed directly to Terry and Kim, and then outside of that, overall I’m encouraged by where things are going. As you know, when we arrived here a few years ago, I think things have changed drastically since that time. And I’m focused on the Bills and I’m focused on leading a football team and an organization along with Brandon Beane to the best of my ability, and I’m excited about the future, I really am. And I’m excited about the people we have brought on board. And to me obviously that no one wants what’s going on now and the challenges that we have, but it’s an exciting time in Buffalo and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Q: Have you if you’ve been given any direction by the league in terms of would it be possible to hold a slightly longer training camp at your facility because you’ve had such you know no practices at all? And secondly, any direction on preseason games, have you been told what’s going to happen? Are you going to play all four? Do you have any direction on stuff like that?

A: Right Sal, so what I know to this point is, is that, as far as the preseason games go that, you know, we are expected to play on schedule, that’s the latest that I know from the league. I’m sure you know more information will be forthcoming where and as necessary. And then the other thing was your other question about?

Q: Was in terms of in terms of training camp. Do you think you’ll be allowed maybe to have a slightly longer camp because you’ve lost all these practices, leading up to camp.

A: Right. Yeah, I mean, we’ll see. I think that those will be things that the League and the NFLPA discuss amongst themselves and I do think certainly, we’ve seen the injury. When you go back to 2011 the last the last time we had a work stoppage or anything, not to put those two in the same category with COVID situation now, because they’re not but anytime we’ve been away like this, we saw a spike in injuries that year. And so we want to make sure, and whether we do get extended time or not that we as a coaching staff do our best to acclimate our players early on in the in the training camp process.