Mondays are best served by victories and also most enjoyable in terms of interviews with Buffalo Bills coaches. Following the Bills’ Week 15 win at home against the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Sean McDermott, interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady, and assistant head coach/defensive line Eric Washington all took turns meeting with the media.
Interviews after wins are usually more engaging, and that was true of each session today, with all three coaches taking plenty of time to speak to those in the media covering the team.
New for McDermott was his setting up shop at the other end of his office, nestled in a swanky charging Bills-embroidered leather couch. McDermott noted that they “took a lot of heat” last week for being called out about his Windows 10 screensaver, so it was time to mix things up.
As has been the case with Joe Brady, be sure to check out his session where he offers a thoughtful and deep dive while reflecting on the offense’s play. That’s also true of Eric Washington who spoke at length about the play of so many within the defensive line group.
Head coach Sean McDermott
McDermott’s media session on Monday afternoon ran the gamut of expected questions on the heels of a thoroughly dominant performance against the Cowboys. Among the topics McDermott discussed: Linebacker Terrell Bernard and what he brings to the MLB position, Joe Brady and the energy displayed by the offense, Buffalo’s success in crunch time of the season during his tenure, nickel cornerback Taron Johnson’s performance of late, what edge rusher Leonard Floyd has brought to the team — and McDermott’s being grateful for his contributions, and yet more praise and observations of defensive tackle Ed Oliver.
McDermott also addressed questions about the defense’s ability to keep the Cowboys’ timing off-sync through an impressive defensive rush and coverage play, senior offensive assistant Mike Shula’s role in the team’s recent success, whether running back Leonard Fournette will find his way to the active roster with Ty Johnson nicked up, and if the current run game’s success is newfound or something he’s seen throughout the season.
In looking at the Los Angeles Chargers, Sean McDermott was asked about facing an interim head coach set to lead his first game, and the challenge it presents with no film, including very little on the Chargers’ current quarterback. He also spoke about the defense’s success in facing teams’ top receiving options, noting the challenge wide receiver Keenan Allen should pose this week (if he plays). For more on all this, check out McDermott’s interview in full here.
Interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady
In a nearly 25-minute session with the assembled media, Joe Brady tackled a wide range of topics following a statement win featuring a physical offense. Brady touched on his philosophy week in and out, making adjustments in-game, his work with Mike Shula, the offense’s identity, as expected plenty about James Cook’s play, the magic of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, the success of Buffalo’s offensive line, and more.
Catch up on the latest by Joe Brady from his press conference on Monday afternoon.
Assistant head coach/defensive line Eric Washington
Eric Washington spoke at length about the Bills’ play along the defensive line — pleased overall with the pressure they brought, while noting instances where he saw room for improvement regarding gap control, and looking forward to the unit’s continued improvement.
Washington also spoke glowingly about Leonard Floyd — his competitive nature and influence on other, younger players along the line. Washington was asked about potential impact of having defensive tackle Poona Ford suit up, linebacker Tyel Dodson’s improvement — especially in run fits and as a communicator, and defensive end Greg Rousseau’s unique skill set and what that brings to the team, including how much Washington enjoys coaching him. Plus, comments on defensive tackles Eli Ankou and Andrew Brown and their abilities as well the work they put in each week to help the team prepare for opponents.
Washington also broached the topic of preparing to face the Los Angeles Chargers, plus more. Check out all Eric Washington had to say on Monday, expanding on that mentioned here and lots more from the vantage point of Buffalo’s defensive line.