Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott is intent on establishing a greater sense of chemistry on his team. But rather than developing this chemistry on the gridiron, McDermott hopes Bills players find a greater sense of togetherness by sharing personal stories and experiences.
McDermott said he is hoping players from different backgrounds might be able to find similarities, adding he hopes the Bills' locker room can evoke the sense of unity so many yearn for throughout the country right now, via Chris Brown of the team's website.
“Part of the reason why we share stories in our culture and in our building is to learn about one another,” he said. “And with that comes, certainly some differences, but with that also comes a lot of similarities between people. I hope that our team can be a unifying picture of what it should look like. I really believe that. I really do.”
Like other teams throughout the NFL, the Bills are still trying to find the best response to a week of protests and frustration following the death of George Floyd on Monday in Minneapolis.
McDermott said the team addressed Floyd's death during a team meeting, as well as how racial injustice continues to impact Black Americans on a daily basis.
Numerous Bills players held self-organized practice sessions in south Florida this past weekend when nationwide protests and demonstrations really picked up steam.
McDermott believes creating a forum for open dialogue and establishing a greater sense of awareness and commonality among his players.
Football is important to McDermott and the Bills. But creating a “family” and a brotherhood of respect is that much more imperative to Buffalo's head coach.