Six years ago, the Buffalo Bills brought in fresh faces to try and right the ship. The long-standing Super Bowl drought continued to hang over Bills Mafia and, if these two men had their way, it would soon be over.
Head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have done a masterful job turning the franchise around and, on Friday, it was announced that they had both been extended through 2027.
Going into their seventh season as a duo in Buffalo, McDermott and Beane have been part of some of the more exciting seasons in franchise history and have been able to put together some outstanding seasons, overall.
To say these extensions are well-deserved is an understatement.
Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have been historically good for the Buffalo Bills
Since McDermott took over in 2017, he has helped lead the Bills to some league-high numbers. Per the Bills team website, the Bills have ranked first in total yards allowed per game (314.9), passing yards allowed per game (202.1), passing touchdowns allowed (107) and passer rate allowed (79.2). Thanks to team reporter Maddy Glab for those figures.
When McDermott came to Buffalo, he was definitely known to be a defensive-minded coach. It should be no surprise, then, to see the Bills rank so high in major defesive categories since McDermott took over as head coach.
What's somewhat surprising, and even more impressive, though, is the fact that the Bills have also ranked first in points per game since 2020, proving that they're more than just a good defense. Obviously, it helps to have Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs leading the way on that side of the ball.
But, the Bills have been a balanced football team for a while, all thanks to the moves made by Beane and McDermott's leadership.
Now, it must be all about winning a Super Bowl. While Beane has said he doesn't believe 2023 is a "Super Bowl or bust" type of campaign, Bills fans are still expecting it. Tied to the team through 2027, now, Beane looks to have bought himself more time. But, ideally, that extra time would include more than just a single Super Bowl.