The day after the Buffalo Bills improved to 7-6 by way of a road victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Sean McDermott. interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady, and assistant head coach/defensive line coach Eric Washington fielded questions from credentialed Buffalo Bills reporters.
The length of interviews from both McDermott and Brady exceed 19 minutes, so offered here is a quick overview leading into their full videos made available by the embedded links.
Perhaps biggest among the news related to McDermott out of yesterday’s win is that he’s now 7-0 as a head coach following his team’s bye week.
Head coach Sean McDermott
McDermott addressed thoughts on Stefon Diggs’ recent production, the team’s trio of running backs, and defensive tackle Ed Oliver’s importance to the team. He took time to reflect on the importance of the Week 14 win and what it means moving forward each week for their season, dealing with and responding to adversity as a team and on the field, and what it meant to get a game ball from general manager Brandon Beane, and the overall support from the team, those around the league, the fans in Buffalo, and Bills Mafia everywhere.
McDermott also responded to questions about the defense’s success against quarterback Patrick Mahomes, what the loss of defensive end A.J. Epenesa means, and much more — including comments about Joe Brady’s work in the last three games, his collaborative approach as interim offensive coordinator, and leadership for both players and the offensive staff.
Interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady
Brady hit on a wide range of topics, the false narrative of the team going away from running back James Cook (more of an issue with the offense being off-schedule), to wide receiver Gabe Davis’ day in Kansas City, tight end Dawson Knox’s return, lots on quarterback Josh Allen — including the dip in downfield production between he and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
Brady also spoke at length about the offense’s final drive of the first half, and its last drive of the game.
Additionally, Brady was asked about the uniqueness of Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons, and the challenge of the Cowboys’ defense in general.
To end his presser, Brady discussed the team hiring DJ Mangas as offensive assistant, including his role during the weeks and the benefit to having him with the team.
“When a play breaks down, he’s a human eraser and he makes bad play calls work.”
Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Eric Washington
Washington began by responding to questions about trying to slow down the Cowboys and make them one-dimensional — using “ambitious” goals of taking away the football as a continuous goal.
He then took time to reflect on everything from last week, attempting to shut down outside noise while preparing for the challenge presented by the Chiefs. Washington sounded stoic in laying out what appeared to be a focus on ensuring the defense was ready to go while Sean McDermott attended to the news at hand when and where he needed.
Washington ended by offering praise for defensive tackle Ed Oliver, his work ethic and leadership, and the important role defensive end A.J. Epenesa plays for the defensive line.