BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sean McDermott knows the Bills are far from a finished product.
“I would start off with missed opportunities in the first half,” he told reporters Monday following the Bills 21-12 win over the Jets. “If you look at yardage wise offense verse defense, we had opportunities to put points on the board and we didn’t, and that’ll change moving forward.”
While the Bills held a 7-6 lead heading into halftime, an interception in the end zone of their opening drive and a missed field goal could have given Buffalo a two score lead heading into the break.
With a nine point lead in the fourth quarter, McDermott echoed similar sentiments about the offense being able to close the game. Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde each came up with interceptions to stop the Jets from driving, but the offense struggled to find a groove late and punted on two of their final three possessions.
“I would say off the top of my head, four-minute offense. I thought we could have finished the game off in a more commanding approach offensively and we didn’t get that done,” he said. “A long list of things to get better.”
McDermott, who received two game balls after securing his first win as a head coach, gave one to his parents and has the other in his office at One Bills Drive.
“It feels good to be 1-0. I’ll be human for a second, it’s good to be 1-0,” McDermott joked with a smile on his face. “I’m extremely proud of the guys, I really am. It’s good for the organization. It’s an entire organization win. I know what happened on the field yesterday was the result of a lot of hard work in eve4ry corner of this building.”
McDermott enjoyed the win on Sunday but by Monday had shifted his focus to preparing for a homecoming of sorts as the Bills travel to Carolina to battle the Panthers, where McDermott spent the previous six seasons as defensive coordinator.
“I don’t know about (having an advantage),” he said of knowing the Panthers tendencies. “I’m not out there playing, so it’s hard to say an advantage. We have to put in our time and earn the right to win.”
The Panthers opened the season with a win on Sunday, beating the 49ers 23-3.
“They’re a good opponent,” McDermott added. “We respect the heck out of Carolina, they’re a good football team. It’ll be a huge challenge for us to go down there. It’s their home opener.”
On Marcell Dareus only playing 34 snaps, the fewest among the defensive line:
“I’ll start off by saying I thought Marcell played a good game. Defensive tackle is probably the most unselfish, or one of the most unselfish positions on the football field. By nature of the position, usually you’re freeing someone else up to make a play. As you mentioned Ramon Humber earlier, so every time Ramon Humber is free to the ball, something is happening in front of him that’s allowing him to be free, and Marcell was doing some of that.
“After that, it’s really about rolling fresh defensive linemen. I really don’t know what went on in the past, I just know what our system calls for, and that’s for fresh bodies up front. That’s a healthy rotation of guys so that they’re fresh to rush the passer when we need it. I thought they did a good job of that.”
On the play of rookie Tre’Davious White:
“I saw poise and I saw a player that’s played in big games. Which is the case when you go to LSU, playing on a good defense with Coach [Dave] Aranda down there. Tre’s an extremely smart football player, very aware, and he puts a lot of time into his preparation, which for a young player is good.
“It’s good for all players, but let alone a young player to know how important that is in the process. He definitely respects that. Any success he had yesterday, again, credit to the coaches with Tre, and how they prepared.”
On the play of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde:
“Those guys work extremely hard. Gill Byrd and Bobby Babich do a really good job with those guys, and they were new. It’s not like they came from the same place and have played together before. This is the first time that they’ve played together in Micah and Jordan, and they have new guys on both corners that they’ve never played with before, Tre’s [White] a rookie.
“There’s still a lot to be gained from watching this film, a lot of lessons to be learned. That said, I was proud of the way that they played, we got two key takeaways in the fourth quarter, and were able to seal the game. It was fun to watch the rush and the coverage working hand in hand, and really complementing one another. Which was the case on the two interceptions.”