BUF Post-Game Quotes (Week Ten)

Head Coach Sean McDermott

On what the was process hearing that DT Star Lotulelei was going to be out this morning…

Yeah, a little bit. It was interesting last year we tested every day, and I don’t think we ended up having any positives on gameday. We had quite a few of ours the before the game, day before the trip or day of the trip. First time, in my recollection that I can remember having one on gameday, the morning of, so we hope Star gets better and quickly. Not ideal but I’m real proud of how the guys responded. The defensive line, the defense, everyone, the staff went into action pretty swiftly there. (Bills Vice President of Football Administration) Kevin Meganck, (Bills Head Athletic Trainer) Nate Breske, (Bills General Manager) Brandon Beane, all the people that helped out did a great job.

 

On challenging the offense to improve the running game and if he was happy with how they responded…

Yeah, I thought (Offensive Coordinator) Brian Daboll called a great game, I really did. Changed the look enough and changed the profile of the offense, and I thought it was well executed and good to get stuff going there and he gives us a ton of energy.

 

On when they’re able to keep running the ball and it does for the team…

Well, just ask an offensive lineman what that does, right. It’s good for all of us, it’s good for the entire football team and it was fun to watch, it really was. The running backs making plays, offensive line helping us make plays in the running game and then getting the ball up in the air a couple times to some really good receivers, you know, and then hitting the tight ends. It was a good game plan, as I said, by the offensive staff and Brian (Daboll) and then Brian went and called a heck of a game.

 

On if he remembers a game where every starting member of the secondary had a takeaway…

I don’t know, they probably know, those guys in there.

 

On his thoughts about the takeaways by the secondary…

Yeah, I thought the one Tre (CB Tre’davious White) got was high-level stuff there in terms of really just playing his role in the defense, doing his job and being where he was supposed to be. When you do that and you see the execution, that’s always fun to watch.

 

On how much he’s been impressed with the way DT Ed Oliver has played…

Oh yeah, very, very happy with the way he’s developing with room to go still, and I think he senses that. He’s seeing the fruits of his labor, the fruits of his approach and the work that he’s putting in, he’s seeing it pay off. When you’re bring a young player along that’s exciting and fun to watch at the same time.

 

On how much the experience of last week, week of preparation translate to the game, particularly on the offense…

Those conversations weren’t specific to just one side of the ball or the other, it was our entire team and I really appreciate the leadership on our football team. I thought they did a great job this week leading at that level and that’s great. That’s a big part of it, we need that every week moving forward. I just think at the end of the day you try to define the reality of our situation of where we were, how we got there and where we need to go and what the vision is going forward. Some of those are encouraging conversations, some are matter of fact and truth-filled conversations and so I think that’s the right balance.

 

On WR Stefon Diggs, the energy he brings to the offense and when he gets going how it puts the opposing defense on their heels…

Well, probably a better question for them honestly. He’s an elite receiver for a reason and let’s not forget about E (WR Emmanuel Sanders) on the other side and what (WR) Cole (Beasley) did in the game and then you bring (WR) Isaiah (McKenzie) in and Gabe (WR Gabe Davis). I mean, that again was fun to watch. All five guys, maybe there was more, but I thought Gabe Davis made some huge plays for us as well.

 

On the defense having allowed only six points in the first quarter all season and how they’ve started games by putting their fingerprint on it right away…

I think give the defensive staff credit. (Defensive Coordinator) Leslie Frazier has them ready to go, they come up with a good plan and the players seem to understand the plan early in the game which is critical to play well early in the football game. Again, it’s all three phases working together because some of those are offense is possessing the football or today you saw the defense go three-and-out, field position I think, or take away field position so that complimentary piece has to continue to thrive for us.

 

On what changed for the team with (LB) AJ Klein replacing (LB) Tremaine Edmunds…

I don’t think much really, just in terms of the way we called the game, the way we shift the game plan. Listen, we need and want Tremaine out there, he’s one of our leaders, one of our captains and he’s played a lot of good football for us this season. I think what you saw out there was AJ, a lot of trust and faith in AJ and he’s a good football player.

 

On if he can give an early assessment on OT Spencer Brown being back in the lineup…

I can tell you that I sensed an intensity and an energy from him and that’s the best I can tell you right now. We ran the ball, I thought affectively particularly in the second half, mostly I think in the third quarter. Again, a young player, let’s not put him in the Hall of Fame yet, OK, help me with that. He’s a young player that has to continue to learn what it takes to play in this League, and he knows that and that humble and hungry approach, man, is real and we need to carry that forward next week.”

 

On what he saw from RB Matt Breida…

He gave us a spark, I felt. I thought the receivers, from what I could tell, blocked well too on the perimeter, some of those perimeter runs that we had spread throughout the backs. That takes wide receivers blocking, which to me is a very unselfish trait and that’ll go a long way for our team, and getting Matt and some of those runs, giving us a spark like he did. Got to do a better job protecting the ball, so I didn’t like the way we finished the game, so we’ll work on that next week.

 

On how much was planned to use Breida during the game…

He was going to be in the plan, it was just a matter of how much. At the end of the day, he’s up, he’s active for the game and again I thought Daboll called a great game in terms of getting him the ball in different ways. He was in the game plan.

 

On TE Dawson Knox influences just by being on the field…

He completes our offense, just in terms of his role and what he means to (QB) Josh (Allen). Love his unselfish approach as well, he’s one of the guys that’s well liked on offense, defense and special teams because of the energy he brings, not just the player he is, but the energy he brings and how unselfish he is in is approach.

 

On how McKenzie has evolved as a leader…

Yeah, I mean we got him from Denver three years ago now, (waiver claim), and you look at how far he has come as a person. He’s always been a good person, but just far he’s come in his maturity, how he’s developed off the field and how’s developed on the field. I’m just extremely proud of him, I really am. You love when you see a person like that have success. He’s part of the reason why we are who we are. Just in terms of his story, you guys should look into his story a little deeper. He doesn’t come from much, but he’s offered so much to our football team.

 

On what they tried to do in the week leading up to the game to try to mentally flip the switch…

Yeah, I just felt like really they did it. It wasn’t anything I did, they did it and it was led by the leaders.

 

On how encouraging their success in the redzone was…

Yes, that’s big. You got to do that. I thought we had another opportunity or two in the first quarter maybe with a wider margin at that point. So, redzone plays an important role every week and I was glad to see us do what we did this week.

 

On how he thinks McKenzie can help in redzone situations…

Again, that as great game planning by the offensive staff so whatever the situation calls for, whatever they think is the right formula, that’s what they’re going to do.

 

On what safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer mean for the team, from a leadership perspective as well…

Huge for me, for our team. I mean, every ship needs a rudder, to steer it where it needs to go and those guys do a phenomenal job as well as some others here for us and for me. It certainly helps out a lot.

Josh Allen

On RB Matt Breida’s performance and what he brought to the team today…

I alluded to this earlier on Wednesday, just the game-breaking speed. He’s able to make one cut and go. You can see it in the passing game, too. On the first drive, saw what I saw, darted up field. We were on the same page there. Again, this is a guy who hasn’t had many opportunities throughout the year, and he made the most of it today. It was good to see.

 

On whether they ran the exact same play to WR Stefon Diggs after he was ruled out of bounds…

Yeah, we saw the matchup, we liked it. Just a little communication to run a fade and give him a chance. And that’s all I really can do with him, just give him a chance and he’s more than likely to come down with it, and he had an amazing game today. On another note, I think all of our DBs had some sort of turnover today. So that was awesome to see. Our defense just continues to play lights out. It makes it easy for us to go out there. Three-and-out opening drive, we go down and score. It’s complementary football. The Jets offense scored, I believe, on two turnovers from me and Matt. So, that’s something we still need to clean up and learn from. As we go forward, we’re going to continue to make that an emphasis and focus on ball security.

 

On how the week of preparation translated to the field…

Preparation, just a really good week of practice. Got some true veteran guys, true professional football players that care about each other, care about their craft. That’s just one thing that we’re not going to do as a team is ride this rollercoaster of we’re the worst team to ever play and now we’re the best team to ever play. We’re going to stay consistent and steady and come in to work each and every day, and again, try to put our best foot forward every Sunday, Monday or Thursday of which we play. As we continue to go forward, that’s all we can do. Try to stack wins, but that week is the biggest week. Always try to go 1-0 each week. We have a really tough opponent this next week in Indianapolis, coming to Buffalo. They’re playing really good football right now, so we’ve got to have a good week and try to go execute.

 

On so many players getting involved and how important it is for the team’s success…

I think it’s extremely vital. Again, rushing touchdowns, the running backs love it, but not only that, the o-linemen love that. That’s a stat they can take pride in. So, when we get that going, teams just have to focus on a multitude of things. I think we were pretty balanced today in our attack, whether it be rushing or passing. I think we did a good job with that. Some things, like I said earlier, we can clean up. The ball security issues, being smart with the football, things of that nature, but again, our guys came out ready to play. That’s a week we needed. Again, we’ve got to continue to improve and focus on what’s going to help us in the long run.

 

On players returning from injury and how much that helped…

A lot. Having Spencer (Brown) back, I’m assuming that’s who you’re talking about. He provides some toughness for us there and guys, they play really well together, and they had a really good day today.

 

On how much it helps the offense when the defense is playing well…

There’s a lot of stats out there in the league, but I think the one constant one that continues to show each and every week is the turnover differential, especially under Coach McDermott. I think Dab’s (offensive coordinator Brian Daboll) alluded to it earlier this year, when we don’t turn the ball over, we’re a damn hard team to beat. So again, that’s got to be a point of emphasis, making sure we’re taking care of the football through the air and through the ground. That’s just something we’ve got to continue to work on.

On getting into a rhythm with Diggs and how it makes it easy to get him involved on a consistent basis…

It does make it easy to throw to a guy like that. He works his tail off in practice. He does the right things. He’s a captain for a reason. We haven’t given him that much opportunity to be involved in our offense. Throughout the year, he’s had a few games where he’s eclipsed 100, but the point of emphasis this week was let’s get him the ball as early and often as possible and he made some unbelievable plays today. Some off-the-cuff plays. That one right before the half, that long one, 50-yard, or whatever it was, that was just something he saw and he took off. Again, going back to last year, that’s just how we work. We saw the same thing. He would make a play, and I’d just give him a chance for it. The more opportunities we give him, the happier we’re probably going to be because he just continues to make play after play.

Matt Breida

On staying patient while waiting for his chance…

It’s extremely hard, but honestly, with this team it makes it easy. We’re not worried about touchdowns or stats, we’re just worried about winning. We have guys like Josh (Allen) leading us every day and it makes it easy to come into work. Of course you want to be up every week, but at the end of the day, you have to do what is best for the team.

 

On his first touchdown…

I converted that route and once again that goes to Josh and me just working with him during the offseason and OTAs and during the season. Me and him, we think a lot alike. I’ve seen that they were doubling (Stefon) Diggs on that, so I decided to take off. He’s a playmaker. He’s probably the best quarterback in the NFL to all of us. We just read each other the same and he just looked at me and we were on the same page and he just hit me.

 

On how difficult it is to come into this game without having played on offensive much this season…

You have to be a pro. That’s what this league is about. When you get your opportunity, you have to make the most of it. When you have guys on the team who are on the same page every day, we’re not worried about touchdowns. All we’re worrying about is wins. We have a bigger goal in mind, so it just makes it easier. You just have to be a pro about it.

Micah Hyde

On the secondary forcing five turnovers…

We emphasize that every week. You saw last week, we felt like we left some opportunities out there, so we went back to the lab this week. We knew what type of things were going to be said about this football team. Like we do, we put the work in. Win, lose or draw, we put the work in. We did that this week and we were able to get some takeaways. We knew there were going to be some opportunities and once we got up on those guys and forced them to start passing the ball a little more, you see what happens.

 

On their mentality going into today’s game…

Same mentality this week as last week. We just went into the game and knew if we played good ball from offense, defense and special teams like we preach each and every week, we were going to have some opportunities on defense to take the ball away. Our goal today was to put them in passing situations. Our goal every week is to put the quarterback in passing situations and we were able to do that.

 

On if they needed a game like today…

We needed a win if that’s what you are asking. It doesn’t matter how we get it. We wanted a win. Our backs were against the wall after last week. It was a tough loss and we wanted to go out here and get a win today. But it was a 9-6 game us winning or the final outcome of today, we wanted to get a win and get the ball rolling.

Taron Johnson

On A.J. Klein’s performance…

He ran the defense just as if Tremaine (Edmunds) was out there. I feel like that is the story of our defense all the time. One guy goes down, we have another come back. There’s no drop off. We are very blessed to have that on this team.

 

On the defense not allowing many points in the first quarter all season..

We’ve been playing with each other for a while now. We’ve got that comradery, that chemistry and it just helps us go out there and be ready when the time comes. Us just being around each other all the time helps. Hopefully, we can continue doing that.

 

On Micah Hyde’s forced fumble…

That was a huge play. That really swayed the game and really put us in position to run away with it. I feel like that was the biggest play of the game.

AJ Klein

On his teams confidence in him…

It means a lot from the guys. I hope that, on a week-to-week basis, my preparation and what I do in practice and when I get the opportunity to play, how I do play gives those guys confidence in me. So, it means a lot because I just try to do my best to help this team win whether it’s playing WILL, MIKE, special teams, whatever it is. I know what my role is, so that means a lot.

 

On if it’s been tough for him not playing a lot…

Personally, I think the coaches do a good job of rotating me in throughout the week in multiple positions and just make sure I’m prepared whether it’s, like I said, MIKE, WILL and just being very open and direct with me of what the role is going to be week-to-week and that helps me in my preparation.

 

On Ed Oliver playing the best ball of his career…

He is playing, not only is he playing great gap sound defense, he’s also making big plays, whether it’s hits on the quarterbacks, TFL’s. We ask those d-linemen to do a lot and obviously, our defense, it runs off of those guys. So, when they can go out there and have a day like they did today and in the past weeks, our entire defense feeds off of it and it shows up in the back seven. Obviously, four picks and one forced fumble, that’s a testament to our d-line getting after the quarterback.

Mitch Morse

On overcoming last week’s loss…

It was a tough week, like I talked about last week, of pointing inwards. Guys did that from top to bottom – players and staff. I think the big thing was how pivotal a moment that was as a team. You run into adversity every year and believe me; we’re going to run into more. It was a great way to grow. Of course, we didn’t want to lose that game, but we came in with a great mindset into the work week and the coaches put us in a great position offensively and the defense did a great job of getting some turnovers. We played complimentary football. Last week we weren’t able to do that and it showed. (It is) a much better feeling. There is still some work to do, but (the Jets) are a tough divisional opponent. To be able to come out of MetLife with a win is great.

 

On RB Matt Breida…

Matt is one of my favorite dudes. He comes in to work. He probably hasn’t played as much as he’d like, but he’s a fantastic teammate and runs hard. We see that at practice. We’ve seen that in preseason. We’ve seen that in games he’s been active. I love Matt Breida. I love all of our running backs. We feel comfortable with who we have back there. Sometimes, we mess up and our running backs to a great job of making us right. That was fun.

 

On OT Spencer Brown…

He’s so full of youthful vigor. Spencer Brown is going to be a special football player. I think as a rookie, there is always stuff to learn from. Minor things, some big. Part of it comes with just experience. The guy hadn’t played football last year and now he’s stepping in at a very big position. I think he’s played admirably. He’s got poise beyond his years as a rookie. I’m sure he’d say there’s plenty to work on, but we feel very comfortable about who have as an offensive line. Spencer Brown being back in the lineup definitely helps, but not to say that other guys can’t step in and do that. Spencer has been playing good football. Hopefully we can all continue to grow, especially him.

Ed Oliver

On finding new ways to get to the quarterback…

It’s just the next play. I don’t know, I don’t know what’s going on. It seemed like the harder I rush, the more they say, ‘No, you can’t have it. No, you can’t have it.’ So, I don’t know. I just keep rushing and keep rushing as a unit, keep playing hard.

 

On if the absence of Star Lotulelei…

No, just the way we’re built. We rotate d-linemen all the time. So, we even got Efe (Obada), they brought Efe up, I think. Efe came out there and had a sack, so just the way we’re built. It’s like everybody can play. We’re so deep on the d-line, especially everybody can play. It was no panic, it was more so somebody else gets an opportunity. I know Efe was glad to have that opportunity with Star (Lotulelei) being down. He definitely took advantage of it.

 

On if he thinks he’s playing the best football of his career at this point…

Yes, I definitely feel like I’m playing at a high-level. I feel like the defense as a whole is playing at a high-level. So, if we can continue that, we’ll be alright.

Jordan Poyer

On everyone in the secondary having a turnover…

I think it says a lot about this football team and the way we bounced back after last week, not just the secondary, not just the defense. Our entire football team came ready to play today. Like Micah (Hyde) said, you hear everything people are saying after a loss like last week. Nobody panicked, we just came ready to work. Came ready to play. 24-hour rule. Just like this game and just like we’re going to do going into this week.

 

On LB A.J. Klein…

A.J. does that every time he gets his opportunity to go out there and play. The guy’s been in the league a long time. He’s been on this defense a long time. He’s a guy who will go in there and make plays and there’s really no fall off with him going into the game. We’re all confident in him. We trust him and he had a hell of a game today.

 

On how he would assess where the defense is right now halfway through the season…

You never want to feel and be complacent. There’s a lot of things we can do better. We want to keep refining those things and continue to get better. (Leslie) Frazier always says you never want to peak early September, October, November. The time to peak is late November and December games. It’s saying to just keep getting better. I tell you every single week, win, loss or draw, we go into the film tomorrow, we watch the tape and we can make our corrections. We’re all grown men about it win, lose or draw and we move forward. That’s what this team has done in our wins and our losses. That’s what we’re going to continue to do. We’re not complacent. We’re going to continue to get better. We have a lot of work to do and a lot of football games to be played.

Levi Wallace

On how well the defense is performing…

I think today we played some good overall team defense. I think we’re always striving for that. It’s our standard each and every week to create turnovers. We were joking on the sidelines with (Jordan Poyer) and I told him that that his was coming next, and ultimately he did so I was happy for him.

 

On playing against Jets QB Mike White…

I feel like we just played our game. He’s had some success in the past. The coaches came up with a good game plan. I feel like we executed and when we had the opportunity to take the ball away, we did.

 

On if guys prepared differently this week…

I think just having that bad taste in our mouth from last week not performing to our standards put more urgency in our preparation. I can only speak on the defense. Going over last week, we didn’t get enough turnovers and give the offense more opportunities. That was one of our main focuses this week to give the offense more options to score points and make the other team one dimensional and make them throw the ball, which continues to create turnovers. The coaches did a great job and gave us a great game plan. We went out there and tried to execute as best as we could.

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