Bills legend Jim Kelly offered his thoughts on new coach Sean McDermott after his introductory press conference Friday.
A small press gathering in the fieldhouse was a far cry from going out for chicken wings and beer like Kelly did with Rex Ryan two years ago, but it was fitting with the subdued, focused tone of McDermott's press conference.
"You hope and pray that this is the coach we’ve been looking for," Kelly said. "I don’t really know enough about him to really have a real big opinion, but from the people I have talked to, he sounds like the guy."
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Kelly said he was praying that the Pegulas got everything they were looking for in McDermott to turn the Bills around.
"I'm sure they have," Kelly said. "I know the search they've been on is to make sure that we don't have to go through this again in two or three years."
Kelly said he enjoyed McDermott's no-nonsense approach and thinks it should go over well with players, too.
"I like it. If (it doesn’t sit well with the players), they won’t be here," Kelly said. "The coach is the guy. When Marv Levy came in, he told us the way it was; we bought into it. It took us a little time – I think everybody remembers those days – until we put our individual egos to the side and realized it’s all about the team."
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General manager Doug Whaley offered a near Yogi Berra-ism Friday when asked why the Bills didn’t interview any coaches with previous NFL head-coaching experience.
“We looked at it this way," Whaley said. "To win in this business, it’s about two things. It’s about players and winning. With Coach McDermott, we know we have a guy that will maximize player development as well as consistently give our ball club a chance to win. And that’s what we were focused on.”
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