Buffalo Bills: Dion Dawkins believes team needs consistency to take next step
In a recent interview with Jim Rome, Buffalo Bills starting left tackle Dion Dawkins was asked what the team needs to do to take that next step. He believes it will come down to consistency.
This offseason it has become pretty clear that expectations for the Buffalo Bills are very high. They are coming off playoff appearances two of the past three years and this coming season they will be playing in front of a national audience in primetime in four games.
The Bills are clearly heading in the right direction and the next step for this group is to come away with at least one playoff win this year. This is something the franchise has not been able to do since 1995.
Recently, starting left tackle Dion Dawkins was on The Jim Rome Show and he was asked what they need to do to take that next step. Dawkins said that the team just needs to be consistent, trust in themselves and trust in what they are supposed to be doing.
The response by Dawkins certainly speaks to the culture that Sean McDermott and this organization has built over the past three years. In a way it sounds very similar to New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick’s message of “Do Your Job.”
The Buffalo Bills have put together a talented roster that really allows these players to focus on what they were brought in to do. The players don’t need to overcompensate for a potential weakness and try to do too much.
Dion Dawkins is one of those players that has grown as the franchise has improved. He was one of the first draft picks of Sean McDermott and stepped in as the starting left tackle in the latter half of his rookie season.
He had an up and down year in 2018 but this past season really developed into a solid offensive tackle and was a key part of the re-tooled offensive line. This offseason the Bills have begun discussing a contract extension for Dawkins, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
The expectations continue to grow for the Buffalo Bills but Dion Dawkins answer on The Jim Rome Show showed this team is taking the right approach heading into 2020.