For the first time in twenty years, the AFC East is about to undergo some changes. Tom Brady has left the New England Patriots, giving other teams the chance to win the division for the first time in a long time.
What is very interesting is that this offseason, the other AFC East teams stacked up on good players. The Miami Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa in the first round of this year’s draft, the New York Jets have loaded up their offensive line, and the Buffalo Bills, thanks in part to a stout defense, have cemented themselves as a playoff contender. When talking about his hopes for the upcoming season, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said that he wouldn’t disregard the Patriots just yet:
“Anytime you bring up some of those words — expectations, pressure —–number one, I think it shows you that people respect the way we’re doing things overall, which is nice. But number two, and just as important, the Patriots, look, they’ve won the division for X amount of years. … Until someone is able to win the division, to us, the Patriots remain the favorite. Why shouldn’t they? You tell me one reason why they shouldn’t. We’ve got a lot of work to do, we really do. And our players work hard, there’s no doubt about that. I think that’s the one thing that I can say: We embrace that we’ve got to earn things.”
And about the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic and people helping each other, McDermott said:
“It’s a really neat thin. And listen, it’s probably more of a picture of the American spirit than anything, which is going on all over our country right now, which is just awesome, with people helping people. … I think it speaks to the culture of the Bills. But probably bigger than that, really, I think that speaks to the American spirit.”
It’s been a tough couple of months, but we will get through it!