In January of 2017, the Buffalo Bills took a risk when naming Sean McDermott as their head coach. This came following Rex Ryan’s two-year tenure in which he totaled a coaching record 15-16. Just three years later, the news broke that the Bills have agreed on a six-year extension with McDermott.
In his brief head coaching career, McDermott has led the Bills to the playoffs on two occasions. Prior to his arrival, Buffalo had not merited a playoff berth since 1999. When the Bills made the playoffs in 2017, McDermott was the third coach in franchise history to bring the team to the playoffs.
Over the last two seasons, the Bills have given up the fewest yards per game (296.2) while giving up the fourth-least amount of points per game (19.8). In a league that has become more insistent on an elite defense, McDermott fits the mold of the ideal head coach.
With the departure of quarterback Tom Brady, the Buffalo Bills could be the first team outside of the New England Patriots to win the AFC East since the 2008 campaign. With a successful 2020 season, it would mark the Bills’ first division title in roughly two decades.