Sean McDermott Takes Subtle Shot Sam Darnold

Max Staley
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott took a veiled shot at Sam Darnold.
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott took a veiled shot at Sam Darnold. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Life has to be good for Sean McDermott right now. His Buffalo Bills are comfortable atop the AFC East and look poised to win the division for the first time since 1995. McDermott and the organization owe a good deal of that success to third-year quarterback Josh Allen, who fell into Buffalo's lap at No. 7 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

But Allen was only available because the division-rival New York Jets elected to take Sam Darnold over Buffalo's franchise QB. And when asked about rookie sensation Justin Herbert, McDermott used the opportunity to take a veiled shot at the Jets' third-year passer.

This has to be a reference to Darnold's infamous Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots in 2019. The USC product completed 11-of-32 attempts for 86 yards with zero TDs to 4 INTs. He also lost a fumble, ultimately going on to lose, 33-0.

Darnold was then caught on a hot mic saying he's "seeing ghosts." The internet had a field day with the comments.

Though both Allen and Darnold are now in year three, their career trajectories couldn't look any different. Darnold has battled through injuries and poor performances for a winless Jets team, while Allen has become a legitimate MVP candidate for McDermott's Bills.

Clearly, Buffalo lucked out landing the kid from Wyoming. And you can't blame McDermott for taking the opportunity to remind Bills fans of that.


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