If there's a need for a sheriff in the Buffalo Bills locker room, they may have found their man in new head coach Sean McDermott.
That's what long-time Bills' wide receiver and frequent special teams Pro Bowler Steve Tasker said Friday afternoon after the Bills made the 42-year-old College of William & Mary graduate their 20th head coach in team history.
"He is going to demand things of his players not just on the football field but in their character -- in the way they approach the game," Tasker said of McDermott. "And, I think that's a must at the NFL level."
When asked who he'd compare McDermott to from his career that spanned 13 years that included 11 with Buffalo, Tasker said: "A guy like Nick Nicolau..also a guy, Milt Jackson, would probably be a guy that falls into that category as well."
He added: "I had a lot of good coaches around, positional coaches as well. I can't pay him any higher compliment than comparing him to Nick."
The late Nicolau spent 18 years as an assistant coach in the National Football League, including as the wide receivers coach in Buffalo from 1989 to 1991.
"As a wide receiver coach, he was a guy who was absolutely selfless and stubborn in his desire to hold guys accountable, and I think that's kind of where Sean falls into the spectrum," Tasker said.