Buffalo Bills: McDermott’s Thoughts on Virtual Offseason
By Jason Mattis
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott met with the media today providing us with some insight into how the offseason has gone for the team.
While we know all teams have dealt with these unique circumstances the Buffalo Bills coach believes his team is making the most of the situation as he talked about in a recent virtual press conference.
Leading those efforts is quarterback Josh Allen. The third year quarterback has continued to expand his leadership role which has impressed the coach. McDermott mentioned the recent player workouts which were held in Florida. Those workouts were arranged by his top signal caller and shows his desire to be a leader for both sides of the ball.
Arranging those workouts wasn’t easy given the current societal guidelines due to the coronavirus. Additionally, guys are training alone and spread out throughout the entire country so McDermott was impressed by Allen’s ability to coordinate those workouts.
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The bonding that occurred during those workouts will be key as McDermott says that is the worst part of not having a remote training camp this year. In previous seasons while spending training camp on the campus of St. John Fisher, players routinely gather for nightly card games or bonding while rehabbing injuries.
Those team building experiences won’t be happening this year as often without the remote training camp so Allen’s leadership in gathering several of the teammates for these Florida workouts will help replace what will be missed this summer.
As for the official team related offseason activities the fourth year Bills coach believes his team has approached each day with the right mindset. While he wouldn’t provide the attendance record he was pleased with the amount of guys participating in the virtual offseason.
So what is a typical day like during this unique offseason? The day typically begins with rookie positional meetings which transitions to a team meeting afterwards. After that the team will split up into offense and defense meetings. Just recently special teams meetings were also introduced. The day ends with more rookie meetings and NFL player development meetings which are constructed to help rookies acclimate to the NFL.
At this point McDermott doesn’t believe training camp or preseason games will be impacted. Until that point the players will be working on getting into training camp shape while the coaches get a breather. That breather will be welcomed as once training camp starts that only provides the coaches six weeks to prepare the team for regular season games.
In an offseason in which nobody could have predicted the Buffalo Bills have taken advantage of the hand that has been dealt which should prepare them well for when the players return to One Bills Drive.