Bills sign head coach Sean McDermott to multi-year extension


Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott gives encouragement from the sideline during the first half against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Adrian Kraus/AP)

The Buffalo Bills have signed head coach Sean McDermott to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the new extension is for six years and will keep McDermott in Buffalo through the 2025 season.

“Sean’s leadership on and off the field has been nothing but genuine and transparent, qualities we appreciate as owners,” said Bills president Kim Pegula in a statement. “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.”

McDermott took over as Bills coach ahead of the 2017 season and led Buffalo to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 campaign, snapping the longest post-season drought in North American pro sports at the time.

Despite the Bills undertaking a rebuild of sorts following that playoff appearance, which included trading starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and drafting Josh Allen seventh overall in 2018, McDermott was able to take Buffalo back to the post-season in 2019 as the Bills earned double-digit wins for the first time since 1999.

A defensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers before taking over in Buffalo, McDermott is 25-23 in charge in Western New York and has made the Bills into a defensive force.

The 46-year-old leads Buffalo into a 2020 season with heightened expectations following Tom Brady’s departure from AFC East rival New England Patriots.

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