Because it’s the Bills, the hiring of Sean McDermott as head coach may not seem like the most inspiring move. But he deserves this, so Buffalo fans should give him a chance.
Besides, it can’t get much worse than how things went down in 2016, culminating with the cold firing of Rex Ryan and the money-related benching of Tyrod Taylor.
Enter McDermott, 42, who for now is the third-youngest head coach in the NFL, behind the Dolphins’ Adam Gase and the Giants’ Ben McAdoo.
After getting several interviews during his strong, six-season run as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator, here is why the Bills just might be the right fit at the right time for coach and team.
Ryan, in his career year, posted 117.1 in 2016. He was better in his two playoff games so far in ’17, ripping the Seahawks for 125.7 and then waxing the Packers for 139.4. Brady rated 112.2, second only to his 50-TD, 4,806-yard perfect regular season from ’07.
When you add up their numbers to 229.3, no two QBs have come close to combining for the same mark going into a Super Bowl. Sliding into second place are Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning from Super Bowl XLVIII, at 216.3.
But just don’t take one stat for it: The eye test says that in a pass-happy league, they are passing at an extremely high level that few quarterbacks have ever reached.