Despite all that’s taken place with COVID-19 in the National Football League this week, the Buffalo Bills are still gearing up to face the Las Vegas Raiders this upcoming Sunday, as scheduled.
The Bills will head to Las Vegas looking to improve to 4-0 on the 2020 season, and also quiet some doubters after they almost let last Sunday’s 35-32 victory over the Los Angeles Rams slip away.
With a win on Sunday, the Bills will get out to their first 4-0 start to a season since 2008, where Buffalo ended up finishing the campaign with a 7-9 record.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott took the time to join Howard Simon and Jeremy White for his weekly Buffalo Bills Football Friday appearance on WGR. Not only was he asked about his team’s Week 4 matchup with the Raiders, but he also talked about his team’s approach to the COVID-19 situations in the NFL this week.
Here is some of what he had to say:
McDermott on his team approaching each matchup every week:
“We have a great group of guys. They understand how this league works. You have to respect the league and the process during the week, because it’s a week-to-week league. The margin between winning and losing is very small, so each week what I’ve seen to this point is a team that’s driven by the veteran leaders. Their bringing the young guys along and trying to educate those guys on what type of focus, what type of energy and what type of attitude it takes to continue to grow each week. Those are the necessary steps we have to take as we move forward. We’re just in Week 4, but there’s a lot of football ahead of us.”
McDermott on the COVID-19 situation with the Tennessee Titans:
“I’d be lying if I said we’re not aware of it. We are. I think that’s the important piece and that’s the piece that we can control. You hope that everything works out for the better at the end of the day. We’re sitting here trying to do the best we can and you just hope it turns out for the best.”
McDermott on the team’s approach to combating COVID-19 at One Bills Drive:
“We all know we need a break once in a while. I know kids in schools are taking these ‘mask breaks,’ and I think everyone needs that from time to time. We’re wearing masks around here, and when you go in your own office, you need a break once in a while, and you can take your mask off. We do the best we can. And I think that’s where you try to be as disciplined and consistent as you can.”
McDermott on the Raiders’ offense:
“You start with their quarterback, he’s won a lot of games. He and their offense, along with coach [Jon] Gruden, have done a phenomenal job. They score a lot of points in every game to this point. They have a really good running back, one of the biggest offensive lines in football and skilled people with the tight ends, as well as the receivers. They’re continuing to do a good job being productive for them.”
McDermott on Ed Oliver and his knee injury:
“We’ll see how [Oliver] looks today, if he can make it through today. We’ll know a little bit more after this afternoon’s practice.”
McDermott on Josh Norman and his possible return to the lineup:
“I want to watch what practice looks like today. I never want to rush a guy back, especially if he hasn’t played in some time. We have a lot of confidence in him regardless of how much he’s been able to be on the field to this point. So we’ll see.”
You can listen to the entire interview below: