Buffalo Bills: Polling fans on Sean McDermott’s first year

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Sean McDermott got the Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs, but it was not a perfect season. We decided to poll fans to see how they think he did.

Buffalo Bills fans were treated to some playoff football in 2018, and that has some thanking Sean McDermott for turning things around.

He certainly made his mistakes, with that one glaring one, but getting a team to the postseason in your first season is no easy task.

We ran a post earlier this week outlining McDermott’s first year and offering up a final grade, but decided to take it further and ask fans how they would grade the coach.

Our super scientific Twitter poll provided some interesting results.

This is more or less what I expected. Some Bills fans may be angry after the early postseason exit, but just getting there was the goal last season. And McDermott did just that.

I’m guessing the few people who said C+ or below must be Bills haters, or fans with extremely unrealistic expectations. Or perhaps those who will never forgive him for benching Tyrod Taylor. Whatever the reason may be, I think it’s entirely unfair to give a grade lower than a B.

Adding Brian Daboll to his staff should only mean greater things for McDermott’s Bills in 2018. The team managed to do just enough to win under Rick Dennison, but it just wasn’t a great match for a team looking to rise out of mediocrity.

Now all McDermott needs is a franchise quarterback, which is an easy thing to say. Hopefully the front office takes advantage of having two first-round picks and makes a move, or even waits for the perfect fit to fall to them.

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Easier said than done, but McDermott provided Bills fans with realistic hope last season. And that is something that has been missing around here for quite some time.