INDIANAPOLIS – Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott thinks new quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey checks all the boxes in his new role as tutor for Josh Allen.
“Whether its Dors ... or some of the other candidates we hired this year, let’s start off with A: good person; and soon thereafter comes: smart,” McDermott said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. “I wanted to build our staff with smart, very capable candidates that we can grow and develop. In Dorsey’s case, he has a history of helping to develop a quarterback in Cam Newton in Carolina. Dorsey also played the position at a high level in college, and had a stint in the pros as well. The other added piece to Ken is the element of being able to evaluate and having spent some time in the scouting department in Carolina. That will aid Ken as he moves forward in his career.”
Dorsey, 37, served as a pro scout for Carolina in 2011 and 2012, and was QB coach for the Panthers from 2013 to 2017. McDermott was Panthers’ defensive coordinator from 2011 to 2016. Dorsey replaced David Culley, who left the Bills to join the Baltimore Ravens staff.
McDermott elaborated on the benefit to an assistant coach of having scouting experience.
“In my mind there are three things you want to be to be a good football coach,” McDermott said. “That’s A: a teacher of fundamentals. B: the ability to scheme. And C: And the part that I think gets overlooked quite a bit, is to be an evaluator of talent, a good evaluator of talent. That not only helps you when you acquire players but also when you can evaluate properly your roster because decisions have to be made sometimes in a short amount of time as to who you’re going forward with and who you’re going to ride through the season and try to develop and grow on your own.”
The Bills on Tuesday began interviews with many of the 338 draft prospects invited to the combine, which runs through Monday.
McDermott on what he finds most useful about the combine: "That’s to get to know these players, not only on the field but off the field, and get to know them as people, get to know their background, get to know them a little bit from a football intelligence standpoint, albeit sometimes it’s only for 15 minutes. But it’s really a chance for us to get in front of these young men. And it’s also a chance to develop professionally, where you can get around some of the great coaches here and great personnel people and say how do you do this? What do you think about that? I kind of use it in a couple different ways.”