Before Sean McDermott arrived in Buffalo in 2017, the Bills had gone 18 years without reaching the playoffs — the longest drought in the NFL. Since then, however, he led the club to the postseason twice in three years: Buffalo exited in the wild card round both 2017 and 2019, but established itself as a serious contender behind one of the league’s better defenses and an above-average coaching staff led by McDermott.
Due to his recent success and the fact that he has already become Buffalo’s most successful head coach since Hall of Famer Marv Levy in the mid-1990s, the organization recently decided to add four more years to his contract as was announced on Wednesday. Bills president and co-owner Kim Pegula released the following statement on the extension that runs through the 2025 season:
Sean’s leadership on and off the field has been nothing but genuine and transparent, qualities we appreciate as owners. He is the same great person to us, the players and everyone across all our organizations. We will never forget how impressed we were during his first interview. Sean’s attention to detail was apparent back then and his process driven approach has brought great stability to our organization. We are happy to extend his contract and keep him in Western New York for many years to come.
Besides the two playoff births mentioned above, McDermott led the Bills to a 25-23 regular season record. Six of those losses came against the New England Patriots, who won the AFC East in all three of his seasons in Buffalo and are undefeated against McDermott’s team so far.