NFL Rumors: Bills owner Terry Pegula unlikely to fire HC Sean McDermott despite franchise’s shaky season
Sean McDermott has been under fire for the recent results of the Buffalo Bills. The coach has promoted plenty of changes in his coaching staff since the end of last season.
He parted ways with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier (and taking over the job himself) and, more recently, relieved offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey of his duties.
However, the Bills are sitting with a 6-6 record in their bye week, out of the playoff picture, and have an upcoming game against their nemesis Kansas City Chiefs, which could leave them with a negative record entering Week 15. This is the worst situation they've been in a long time.
Nevertheless, for Sean McDermott, there's still time to recover. According to The Athletic's Tim Graham, there's 'zero chance' that the franchise will fire the coach after the season, even if things don't look good now.
Why is Sean McDermott's job security being questioned?
He was the one responsible for promoting Ken Dorsey in 2022 and for not firing him after the awful elimination during the playoffs to the Cincinnati Bengals. He's also the one responsible for the entire defense following Leslie Frazier's retirement after the loss in January.
Sean McDermott has been the leader of the team since 2017, and it's clear how much progress there has been inside the franchise since he became the coach.
Notwithstanding the Josh Allen pick, he took the team to its first playoff appearance since 1999 during his first year and has led them to four straight appearances and three division titles since then.
However, it's also clear how the team has stalled and needs to rebuild some of its pieces.
Bills' remaining schedule
After their Week 13 bye week, Buffalo returns for five more games to close the season.
They travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs before returning home to take on the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 16, they again face an AFC West team away from home, the Los Angeles Chargers.