LeSean McCoy approves the Buffalo Bills‘ decision to hire Sean McDermott as their new head coach.
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Appearing on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, the star running back noted that he’d spent two years with McDermott in Philadelphia (where the coach was the defensive coordinator) in 2009, 2010. McCoy believes McDermott owns the right temperament and discipline to succeed as a head coach — but made sure not to blast former Bills coach Rex Ryan.
“I like Sean,” McCoy said. “Even when I played in Philly he was there and he had heart, I liked him. I think kind of back then he had to get the scapegoat. Something is going on, you know how it is, you gotta bring in somebody. He’s tough, he’s honest and he’s fair. I think he’s the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody we can believe in and trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex because I love Rex. I was actually behind Rex’s staying. I think it’s more the players, we need to step up more. But I think that Sean is a guy who will get it done.”
The “scapegoating” McCoy referred to was McDermott getting terminated in January 2011 after Philly got bounced in the wild-card round in back-to-back seasons. In two seasons as Eagles coordinator, McDermott’s defenses ranked 12th in the NFL in yards allowed per game and 20th in points per game given up. He spent the past six years in Carolina, leading defenses that ranked among the top-six twice.
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As McCoy did in the aftermath of a rocky season, he reiterated that the Bills’ struggles in 2016 stemmed from a lack of discipline under the previous coaching staff.
“You know, I think the thing we miss most is the discipline, guys being accountable,” he said. “This is a team game, you need everybody. You need 11 guys on the field to get the job done and it starts before Sunday. It’s the preparation, the leadership, the accountability to win games in this league.”
Sean McDermott has found his defensive coordinator.
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After spending a season as the Ravens secondary coach, Leslie Frazier is moving up north to Buffalo to become the Bills defensive coordinator, a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The Bills confirmed the hire Friday.
Frazier has previously been the DC with the Bengals, Vikings and Buccaneers. He was the head coach for three seasons in Minnesota after he was the Vikings’ interim for six games in 2010.
The Bills will be undergoing a defensive makeover, as the team fired Rex Ryan after a Week 16 loss and hired McDermott to be their new head coach Wednesday. Buffalo has talent on the defensive side of the ball, but the unit underachieved with Ryan at the helm.
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“For Tyrod Taylor, who some people assume is gone from Buffalo, this is pretty good news. Because this was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore when Tyrod Taylor was the back to Joe Flacco…so there is a lot of familiarity here,” Rapoport said. “It would make no sense if the Bills hired Rick Dennison and got rid of Tyrod Taylor, one of the reasons (Dennison) signed there. So do not be surprised if Taylor is back, maybe on some sort of restructured contract for cap reasons. But this is very good news for the Bills’ starter.”
Dennison spent just one season with Taylor in Baltimore in 2014, before following Gary Kubiak to Denver in 2015. The offenses under Dennison in both Houston and Denver — run-first operations, with heavy play-action and bootlegs — might be a better signal for Taylor’s chances of returning than a deep-seeded familiarity stemming from one season.
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If Dennison and Taylor are a mutual fit, the contract situation becomes the next issue. The Bills must decide whether to pick up the option that would guarantee Taylor more than $30 million. Buffalo has never seemed inclined to take on that sort of commitment to a quarterback they benched in Week 17.
Would Dennison’s presence nudge the franchise to commit to Taylor or for the quarterback to agree to renegotiate his contract instead of hitting the open market and see what others might pay?