Buffalo Bills: Sean McDermott ranked No. 18 overall head coach by NFL Mocks

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Sean McDermott is entering his second season as the head coach for the Buffalo Bills and received a fair ranking in a recent NFL Mocks article.

Sean McDermott sure did make some mistakes in his first season as the head coach for the Buffalo Bills. But he still got his team to the playoffs in his first year. That is no easy task.

McDermott’s biggest blunder was obviously the decision to start Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor against the Chargers. Instead of letting it ruin the season, he went back to the veteran and didn’t do anything too crazy to double down. Someone with a bigger ego may have allowed the situation to derail the whole season.

McDermott did well enough in his first year to show up as the No. 18 overall NFL head coach in a list put together by NFL Mocks. Hue Jackson came in last while Bill Belichick showed up in the top spot.

Even with some of the rookie mistakes made by McDermott, he still had one of the better debut seasons by any Bills head coach. And he certainly had the best season of any new head coach since Wade Phillips, who was the last coach to take the team to the playoffs before McDermott.

The ranking of No. 18 overall could arguably be too low, but McDermott still has to make a name for himself. One year of solid football won’t make him a Buffalo legend, while a bad season could do a world of damage to his reputation. That is especially true if Taylor has a big season in Cleveland one year after McDermott didn’t believe in the veteran as the answer in Buffalo.

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But it sure is nice to be talking about a head coach that has a winning record in Buffalo. There was nearly two decades of mediocre playing and coaching before the 2017 season rolled around. Whatever McDermott said seemed to work and fans are hoping he can lead this team to even greater heights for many years to come.