Sean McDermott is entering his sixth season with the Buffalo Bills as their head coach and quickly has made the case to be the second-best head coach in franchise history behind only Marv Levy.
He has built an impressive resume that started with ending the playoff drought in his first season with the Bills. During his time in Buffalo, he has a winning percentage of .605, two AFC East titles, four playoff berths, and has won double-digit games each of the past three seasons.
Buffalo Bills head coach ranked just outside the Top 5 by CBS Sports
With all the accomplishments the Buffalo Bills have over the past few years with Sean McDermott as head coach, it isn’t surprising to see him in discussion among some of the league-best head coaches currently in the NFL.
CBS Sports recently put together their rankings of head coaches and Sean McDermott entered the rankings sixth.
"If anyone has the makings of the next Andy Reid, just in terms of steady-handedness year in and year out, it might be McDermott, one of his top disciples. More than just overseeing Josh Allen’s growing stardom at QB, and Buffalo’s aggressive offensive approach, he’s kept his signature unit, the Bills defense, hungry in key games. Crazy things happen, but it feels like a matter of when, not if, McDermott will be contending for a Lombardi Trophy thanks to the well-rounded roster he shepherds."
This seems like the right spot for McDermott even with all his recent accomplishments. The reason is that the one thing that has eluded him to this point is a Lombardi Trophy. He is the highest-ranked coach in these rankings who hasn’t won a Super Bowl with the five coaches all ahead of him winning at least one.
As Cody Benjamin noted, it seems like it is a matter of when and not if for Sean McDermott. The Buffalo Bills are a popular team in the discussion of Super Bowl contenders entering this season. They improved an already good defense with additions on their defensive line and secondary and still have Josh Allen under center, who is arguably a Top 3 quarterback in the league.
In 2017, the Buffalo Bills elected to go in a different direction than prior years and hired a coordinator with no head coaching experience versus an experienced head coach. The move undoubtedly has paid off and could result in the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.