Since the Buffalo Bills hired him as their new head coach on Jan. 13, Sean McDermott has kept the lowest of profiles. If he’s tooling around in a massive pickup plastered with the team logo, we don’t know about it. If there’s any skydiving or tandem bike rides in his future, he’s keeping that to himself, too.
He is, in almost every possible way, the anti-Rex Ryan.
That applies to the flow of information from One Bills Drive, which has been somewhere beneath a trickle. Whichever way McDermott’s leaning on the Tyrod Taylor decision has been a tightly guarded secret.
Local and national media have done plenty of assuming/guessing/suggesting. ESPN’s Adam Schefter attributed a report that Taylor was medically cleared from groin surgery to a “team source,” but GM Doug Whaley publicly said that was expected to be the case in January.
McDermott’s input carries substantial weight, because what the Bills do with the quarterback’s contract extension will reveal whether he feels the urgency to try to win now or build long-term. His ability to keep something as big as that under wraps is telling about the new way business is being conducted at One Bills Drive.