After a tumultuous offseason with the COVID-19 pandemic restricting teams from OTAs and the cancellation of preseason football, the 2020 NFL kicked off on Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, 34-20.
As for the Buffalo Bills, the team will kick off their 2020 season on Sunday when the team welcomes the New York Jets to Bills Stadium in Orchard Park.
There will certainly be some questions heading into the year with no game action leading up to the regular season. How will Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs' chemistry look when matched up against an opposing team? Can the defense repeat as one of the best units in the entire NFL? How will the lack of game action affect the number of potential injuries in games?
Bills head coach Sean McDermott has done all he can to get his team ready for the 2020 campaign given the circumstances. He joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White for the first of his weekly appearances on Buffalo Bills Football Friday on WGR.
Here is some of what he had to say:
McDermott on the season opener in Kansas City on Thursday:
"We were all anxious to see it at my house and thought that everyone did a great job. Obviously there were some subtle differences with the masking and the shields, coach [Andy] Reid had his shield on. It looked like they were doing things the right way, and we plan on trying to do things the right way as well."
McDermott on the simulated crowd noise during practice this week:
"I was aware of it because it was intentional on our part to try and simulate a game. It sounded a little bit more like white noise, like a fan that's constantly running or cars driving by. I wasn't really focused on that once I initially acknowledged it, so I don't plan on being focused on it come this Sunday."
McDermott on expectations for Allen heading into Week 1:
"I think it's continuing to do what he's doing in practice. He's done a great job in practice. He continues to grow and develop his own skill set, his own individual abilities as a quarterback, and then trust the players around him. He's done that to this point in camp, and I expect that he'll carry that forward to the game... At the end of the day, we've got to focus on what we've focused on and control what we can control. That's what I expect Josh to do."
McDermott on having a weapon like Diggs available for the offense:
"We've had, even before Stef [Stefon] arrived, good players on our offense, so I don't want to slight those guys in any way. Stef adds another dimension to our offense. I can tell you from a defensive standpoint, it's hard enough to take away one receiver, let alone multiple weapons, if you will. That's where we have to continue to play good team offense and use all of our weapons. It all starts up front. We've got to play well up front, physical, aggressive and strong, and make sure we give our quarterback time to get the ball to the weapons."
McDermott on how the right side of the offensive line will look:
"I've got a lot of confidence in our guys, all the options that we have there. With that said, it's earned every week by how you play and how you practice. It's no different from when the time you were young, and I believe that's the right way to go about it. And the players understand that. We have very clear expectations here for how we do things and how playing time is earned."
You can listen to the entire interview below: