Sean McDermott began the 2020 season 5th in all-time wins by a Buffalo Bills head coach. After beating the Jets in Week 7, McDermott passed Wade Phillips for 4th place on the list with 30 wins. And today, after capping off the regular season with 8 wins in his final 9 games, Sean McDermott is now alone in 3rd place with 38 wins. At the start of the day today, McDermott was tied with Chuck Knox with 37 wins. For reference, it took McDermott 63 games to win 37 with the team. Chuck Knox, the man who he passed today, needed 73 games to get to 37 wins.
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Sean McDermott is not a flashy man, and he will tell you that his personal accolades are a testament to the job that his entire staff, and his players, have done. Although he won’t publicly do it, I will take a moment to admire the job that McDermott has done since arriving in Buffalo 4 years ago. The wins speak for themselves, but those who have followed the team know that he did much more than just win 38 games. He restored this franchise to a level of respect that had been missing since the 90’s and has given Buffalo what is arguably their best chance at a Super Bowl championship in the years ahead, if not the months ahead. Sean McDermott should win the NFL Head Coach of the Year for his job in the 2020 season.
Sean McDermott is also the 2nd head coach in Bills history to lead the team to a 13-3 record, which is a franchise best. It was previously done in 1990 and 1991 by Marv Levy. This has been quite the season for this franchise, as the team record books have been re-written on many occasions. Sean McDermott is doing his part as he climbs his respective record book, as well. Next up for the William & Mary alum is Bills Wall-of-Famer Lou Saban – who is 30 regular season wins ahead. Before McDermott will get a chance to continue his climb towards Saban, he will get a chance to do something that no Bills coach has done in 25 years…win a playoff game. After failing to win a playoff game in his first two attempts with the Bills, he will get another shot this Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.