Buffalo Bills move up in most power rankings after Week 15

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ESPN: Sean McDermott’s far from being on the hot seat

Current Week’s Ranking: 9

Last Week’s Ranking: 9

This week, the power rankings on ESPN rated how hot the seat is for coaches at this point in the season. On a scale of 1-5, Alaina Getzenberg had Sean McDermott at the lowest possible with a one.

"This could be a cool seat, instead, because of the expectations going into the season for the Bills, but McDermott isn’t going anywhere. If the team manages to beat the Patriots and win the AFC East, it will be a solid coaching performance for McDermott. There certainly have been some tough and questionable moments this season, but McDermott will have multiple chances to take this team on playoff runs. — Alaina Getzenberg"

As Getzenberg notes there have been plenty of moments that people want to question McDermott, most notably the way the Bills settle for field goals in the red zone and the desire for him to be more aggressive. However, when looking at McDermott’s resume since taking over the Bills in 2017, it is rather impressive what he has done.

In the four seasons before this year, he has led the Bills to playoff berths in three of those four years, ended one of the longest playoff droughts in 2017, and then a 25-year drought without a playoff win in 2020.

Even with the struggles this year, the Bills once again are in contention for an AFC East title and a playoff spot. While there is room for improvement, Sean McDermott is one of the better head coaches in the NFL.