McDermott: We have to be disciplined against the Giants

September 13, 2019 - 2:19 pm

After a thrilling Week 1 victory over their AFC East-rival New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills will be gunning for a win at MetLife Stadium for the second consecutive week on Sunday, this time against the New York Giants.

The Bills offense will look to get off to a better start against the Giants. In Week 1 Buffalo didn't score at all in the first half, and only managed to put three points on the scoreboard through as many quarters. While the comeback against the Jets provided a morale boost for the Bills, getting off to a strong start against the Giants could inject the team with even more confidence.

While they did fall to the Dallas Cowboys 35-17 in their first contest of the season, the Bills are expecting to face a tough Giants team. New York has arguably the best running back in the entire NFL in Saquon Barkley, along with Evan Engram, a young and promising tight end. With those two young stars and a defense looking to bounce back from a rough outing against Dallas, Bills head coach Sean McDermott is preparing his team for a game that will require a "60-minute effort."

McDermott joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Friday morning to discuss the team's scouting and strategy for the Giants. Here is some of what he had to say:

McDermott on Josh Allen's performance against the Jets:

"He executed and identified the coverage or the pressure, and he got the ball out on time; and he spread it around to a variety of different receivers, backs, tight ends. So that was good to see as well."

"The mental toughness he showed, call it poise, mental strength, I mean there was a lot of that on the field, and on the sideline with our staff and entire team. We've been in [a come-from-behind] situation before, whether it be practice, or other games, even in the preseason this year with this team. I thought we executed at a high level, whether it was in the Vikings (preseason) game, or other games at different situations. Those are good characteristics, good qualities to begin to establish early in the season, and hopefully those will continue to grow as we grow and move forward through the year."

McDermott on playing young guys in key roles:

"I think we were up in the top four or five teams in playing time for young players this past weekend. And that'll probably continue, just with the number of young players that are making significant contributions to our team. So, we just have to continue to grow and develop them, and they have to continue to play faster and faster every week as they learn the system. What you want to happen, is eventually the game slows down for them, and we continue to build a strong foundation here."

"The thing that our young players all have to understand is the more film that's out there on them now, the more people will be able to study what they do, do well, and some areas of weakness. So, we have to continue to grow and they have to continue to work on their full game."

McDermott on Giants running back Saquon Barkley:

"He's one of the best backs that I've seen in the amount of years that I've been around the league. He's strong, he's got good vision, he understands the game, he has instincts, can catch the ball out of the backfield. He'll bounce it outside just as much as he'll cut the ball back. Very rarely does one guy bring him down. This is going to be an all hands on deck type of effort here."

McDermott on Ed Oliver, the defensive line, and what they're expecting Sunday:

"Ed's motor and youth comes into play and helps us out. And then Trent [Murphy] being stronger and healthier than he was last year, it's really become a team effort. We play a lot of players on the defensive line and rotate players, which will be key this week with the heat we're anticipating over in New York City. To have fresh players, but also a number of players that can continue to come in and throw fastballs at the offensive line or the quarterback works in our favor."

You can listen to the full interview with McDermott below:

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