“A lot of guys stepped up,” said McDermott. “We had some guys go down. A lot of guys were prepared, stepped in and did a good job. We expected this type of game. We executed at a high level when we needed to.”
Too many times in years past Bills teams when dealt a bad hand would fold quickly. The mental toughness just wasn’t embodied in enough of the men lining up. That’s not the case with this group.
“We knew it was going to be a 60-minute fight. We just kind of stuck with it. Our defense gave us a bunch of chances and luckily we made some plays when it counted. It just shows how resilient we are as a team.”
“We’re built for this,” said Jordan Phillips. “This is (what we do) week in and week out. You see the same thing every week and it’s time for the world to see it.”
Lorenzo Alexander sat on a folding chair in the locker room after the victory and didn’t want to move. All he could do was let out a big exhale. Between defense and special teams he likely logged upwards of 80 snaps. He was spent, but leaving it all on the field is the only way he knows how to operate.
“Anytime you can win on the road against a good team, it’s hard to do,” he said. “We’re 3-0 right now on the road. That’s what you have to do if you want to be a good team is find ways to win on the road and then defend your home dirt. We just showed the way we can grind. It was grown-man football. We just want to continue to climb and get better each and every week.”
That’s why the 286-pound tight end, who’s about as manly as they come in Buffalo’s locker room with his deep voice, square jaw and giant red beard, had the glassy eyes.
He sees men around him who play the game the way he does. It’s a universal approach, and that means that Buffalo’s effort and grit won’t be a some of the time thing. It’ll be an every day, all the time thing. And that’s something that Lee Smith genuinely appreciates.
“I’ve been on a lot of teams and this group of men and the way they’re wired and the way they’ve been put together is really special. It’s just an honor to go to work with them. It’s going to be a group of men that I not only play football games with, but they’re at my house for dinner. They’re playing with my kids. There’s more to this than just football games. We’re human beings. We’re not robots out there. To win with this team is special.”