Sean McDermott and Patrick DiMarco have commiserated.
The Buffalo Bills’ head coach and fullback have been on the losing end of the last two Super Bowls – McDermott as the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers and DiMarco last season with the Atlanta Falcons.
“We’ve touched the subject a little bit, a little bit of common ground,” McDermott said Wednesday. “Two years ago I was in a similar position, the game was slightly different, albeit like all games are. Last year, with his experience, there’s a lot we can learn from those experiences, of being in big games and what we learn from those situations. We’ve touched the subject, with respect to that as well, ‘hey, what would you have done differently, in terms of as a team, what was said.’
“Those are things we can use for our team moving forward, and add to what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, why we’re doing it, because the best way is to learn from other people’s situations. That’s what we try and do here.”
Those memories will be fresh for DiMarco this weekend when the Bills visit his old team.
“I'm definitely excited to play these boys,” he said Wednesday. “You know, a lot of them are my really good friends, and will be good friends for the rest of my life. So I'm excited to get down there and see these guys. I know they're great competitors, so I'm ready to go compete against them.”
DiMarco spent the past four seasons in Atlanta, practicing against the Falcons’ defense “God knows how many times.”
“I kind of understand the scheme,” he said. “I think we'll be ready for them. We're definitely excited for the challenge.”
DiMarco has started two of the season’s first three games, but his role on offense has been limited so far. He’s played just 24 percent of the offensive snaps, making one catch for 5 yards. “It's kind of how the games have gone,” he said. “If we're up, we're going to run the ball more. We definitely need to continue to stick to the run, and make teams respect it. We're getting eight guys in the box, so it's going to be tough sledding regardless. We have to keep plugging along. It doesn't matter if people say I need a bigger role. As long as we get wins, I'm happy, so any way I can help is what I'm going to do.”
As for how he's overcome that Super Bowl loss, in which the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the third quarter, DiMarco said, "there will always be that burn inside knowing how close (we were)."
"The past is the past, and it's time to move on," he said. "When I was in Atlanta my last few years, it's been about the brotherhood and stuff like that. I have a new brotherhood here in Buffalo, so I'm excited to show those guys what we've got and kind of prove that we're the real deal."