McDermott: 'I'm here to win a world championship'

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The Buffalo Bills signed head coach Sean McDermott to a six-year contract extension on Wednesday, keeping him with the team through the 2025 season. With that, McDermott becomes the first Bills coach since Dick Jauron in 2008 to earn a contract extension.

In three seasons, McDermott has made the playoffs twice, ending the 17-year playoff drought in 2017, and has a record of 25-23. He already ranks fifth in Bills history in wins, only trailing Marv Levy, Chuck Knox, Lou Saban, and Wade Phillips.

On the heels of his extension, McDermott met with the Buffalo media on Thursday via a Zoom conference call.

Here is some of what the Bills head coach said:

 

McDermott on agreeing to a contract extension:

"These things don't happen on their own. It's never just because of one person and I recognize that... Terry and Kim [Pegula] both for recognizing what we've done and where this team and organization is headed."

 

McDermott on the working environment in the Bills organization:

"Really since day one it's been a special bond. What I'd consider a bond that continues to grow, that I don't know that I've seen, between coach, general manager, and ownership. I'm excited to watch that continue to grow over the years to come."

 

McDermott on the importance of continuity:

"It's nice to have for the people in our building, for our players, when you can have that type of stability. When you can have that type of stability that just gives them some clarity and some certainty to what the future holds. Hopefully in this case, that is winning a world championship."

 

McDermott on the timing of the extension:

"We all had time as a world, to have some family time, some down time through the quarantine months. I've had time to reflect on where we started here, to where we are now... There's more work ahead. The reason I came here was to bring a world championship to this team, this city, and this fan base. That's what I'm here to do."

 

You can listen to the entire conference call below: