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Buffalo Bills Links, 1/27: McDermott confident Bills will learn from loss to KC

Plus, should Buffalo turn to the NFL Draft to upgrade at running back?

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we hear from head coach Sean McDermott on how his squad will learn lessons from Sunday’s 38-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.

McDermott also addresses how “there is still a gap” between the Bills and the Chiefs—a talent gap that was exposed in the AFC title game—discusses his decisions to opt for field goals vs. touchdowns on critical drives at the end of the first half and in the third quarter, and looks ahead to a crucial offseason where the Bills will need to close that gap with the Chiefs.

We also hear how wide receiver Stefon Diggs is feeling inspired and motivated after watching the Chiefs celebrate their second consecutive AFC championship, explore whether the Bills should look to upgrade the running back position in the NFL Draft, discuss why the Bills’ magical run in 2020 was a blessing for their fans, and much more!

McDermott: Bills Will Learn from AFC Championship Loss

McDermott: Bills will learn from AFC Championship Game - WGR 550
“Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott held his end-of-season press conference on Tuesday and made it clear that his team still has plenty of room to grow and get better, especially if they want to take the next step and play in the Super Bowl,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Bills coach Sean McDermott vows to improve, rebuild - Democrat & Chronicle
“Bills coach Sean McDermott knows the climb is difficult, but vows to grow and rebuild,” writes Sal Maiorana.

Sean McDermott says ‘there is still a gap’ between Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs -
Bills coach Sean McDermott said two days after Buffalo’s AFC title game loss that “there is still a gap” between his team and the Chiefs, noting that his program is in Year 4 while Andy’s Reid’s program in Kansas City is in Year 8.

Bills’ Sean McDermott says he’s ‘still thinking about’ decisions to go for field goals | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“McDermott seemingly abandoned his aggressive style against the Chiefs...”

5 things Bills’ Sean McDermott said in season-ending press conference -
The topics ranged from season takeaways, what he would have done differently, and looking ahead to a pivotal offseason that will certainly come with difficult decisions for McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane.

Sean McDermott: “Encouraged by Our Season” -
“Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott addresses the media at the end of the 2021 season following the Bills loss in the AFC Championship.”

Five takeaways from Sean McDermott’s season-ending news conference | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Sean McDermott knows that his coaching staff might not look exactly the same in 2021,” writes Jay Skurski.

10 things we learned from Sean McDermott’s final press conference of the 2020 season -
The Bills head coach recapped one of the most productive seasons in recent memory.

Podcast: Where do the Bills (and Sean McDermott) and Packers (and Aaron Rodgers) go from here? - Go Long with Tyler Dunne
“The Go Long Podcast dives deep on both the Bills’ sudden passiveness with everything on the line and Rodgers’ calculated, pointed bombshell of a postgame comment,” writes Tyler Dunne.

Burleson: Bills are ‘set for a decade’ with McDermott as head coach -
The “Good Morning Football” crew shares positive things the Buffalo Bills can take away from the 2020 season.

Stefon Diggs Inspired and Motivated by Loss to Chiefs

Bills receiver Stefon Diggs weighs in on painful AFC championship loss to Chiefs | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Feeling inspired, feeling motivated,” Diggs wrote on Instagram Tuesday.

Bills Today | Stefon Diggs is feeling inspired and motivated after AFC Championship loss -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Should the Bills Draft a Running Back?

ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Bills bolstering the run game in his initial mock draft | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
See who Kiper has the Bills selecting with 30th pick in his mock NFL draft.

Stay the course at running back - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills ran the ball less than almost every team in the NFL this year, threw the ball to the running back less than every team, but some people want to see them spend on a running back? Sneaky Joe argues the other side.

Revisiting Super Bowl XXV 30 Years Later...

Inside Super Bowl XXV — Whitney Houston’s anthem, Bill Belichick’s game plan and Scott Norwood’s miss -
As they await Super Bowl LV, fans can only hope it replicates the drama provided 30 years ago in one of the NFL’s most memorable title games.

30 years ago today: unforgettable moment in Buffalo Bills history -
Scott Norwood’s “wide right” FG partially inspired the movie “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”

Odds and Ends

Vic Carucci: McDermott’s response to second-guessing shows he has grown as coach | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
On Tuesday, McDermott took ownership of highly questionable coaching decisions during the Bills’ 38-24 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC championship game.

Bills will get two third round picks if Texans hire Leslie Frazier. Here’s why -
Buffalo’s defensive coordinator is a serious contender for Houston’s head coaching vacancy.

Bills sign 13 from practice squad to reserve/future contracts | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Bills General Manager Brandon Beane got to work on building the team’s 2021 roster Tuesday,” writes Jay Skurski.

Bills signed these 13 players to reserve/future contracts -
Bills signed a number of familiar names.

Bills’ magical run was a blessing for Buffalo fans in 2020 – The Athletic
“It struck me this season just how much the results do matter to people in this community, but I didn’t have the firsthand experience to put that in perspective,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Bills’ Harrison Phillips named finalist for NFLPA community service award | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Phillips is joined by fellow finalists Geno Atkins (Cincinnati Bengals), Kevin Byard (Tennessee Titans), Hayden Hurst (Atlanta Falcons) and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs).

Erik Brady: Once-lost football card collection ties longtime Bills fan to ‘my team’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“(A.J. Hart) is a true-blue Bills fan who lives in northwest Indiana and grew up in central Pennsylvania. His only tie to Western New York is the team he loves,” writes Erik Brady.

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