The Buffalo Bills may be the biggest disappointment of this NFL season. The presumptive Super Bowl contender, as many expected, can barely survive in the wild-card race. Buffalo lost another game on Sunday in Philadelphia, which they might have won if not for their coach Folded in a time of crisis. Too many bad decisions late in the game will undo Sean McDermott much sooner than you think.
It may hurt to admit it, but Nick Wright finally knocked one out of the park. The Bills are 6-6 and were passed in the standings by Denver on Sunday. They now sit a half-game behind the Broncos in the AFC wild-card race. Sure, it’s a small gap, but the way the last two months have gone, odds are Buffalo misses the postseason. Since starting the season 3-1, the Bills are 3-5 in October and November.
There’s no reason to doubt this upset will end anytime soon, with a trip to Kansas City next on the schedule after a bye week. The players are not without mistakes, especially Josh Allen, who is supposed to be the team’s leader. But it always starts with the head coach, especially when the team seems undisciplined.
In the seventh season of his tenure in Buffalo, McDermott’s team went from being Super Bowl contenders to struggling to keep their heads above water. Like the Chargers, there’s no good excuse for the bills being this bad. At .500, Buffalo is mathematically still alive for the playoffs, but realistically, it will take a dramatic turnaround for them to clean things up.
Buffalo doesn’t look like a confident team right now. Whether it’s a coach abandoning them, as Wright suggests, Josh Allen’s decline or a general lack of chemistry, something needs to change quickly. In the short term, their playoff chances will likely be cut at this point, especially if they drop to 6-7 in two weeks against the Chiefs. The most obvious change to the forward line in the long term is the replacement of the head coach.
For those who have speculated about trading Allen, that is Not going to happen anytime soon. You could bring in an offensive coach and staff to work with Allen on eliminating turnovers. Once he corrects that, Allen will once again be mentioned among the league’s elite passers. The only way McDermott can return next year is if the Bills run the tables and make noise in the playoffs.
If the Bills weren’t seriously weighing their options, the organization wouldn’t be worried about winning. This team is too good on paper to finish 10th in the AFC. The clock is ticking for McDermott as he will likely soon be packing up his office in preparation for his exit from the White House. Bills facility like Ken Dorsey.