Orchard Park, NY - Marcell Dareus and Sean McDermott had a meeting after practice on Sunday.
It was clear the direction both wanted to go.
"Me and McDermott, we had a discussion and we [are] on the same page," Dareus said. "We’re just going to continue to move forward about it."
It was the first of four straight answers Dareus gave to start his press conference with media on Sunday that included the phrase "move forward". McDermott also flung the "moving forward" card around like bread crumbs at pigeons during his press conference.
Dareus did make it back to Buffalo just fine after being sent home by Sean McDermott less than two hours before the Bills preseason game in Baltimore Saturday night. McDermott confirmed Dareus did not return with the team.
There were no details from McDermott about the specific rule broken. He also did not get into any discussion about a possible fine and seemed to indicate there would be no further punishment, though the door was not completely closed.
"We’re moving forward. That’s where I stand on it," McDermott said.
McDermott said Dareus' actions ticked him off "well enough to get sent home." The relationship got started on the "right foot", according to McDermott, and the early dismissal Saturday was not meant as a message for the rest of the team.
"Everyone needs to know what’s expected, and everyone’s accountable, myself included," McDermott said. "I’m not looking to send a message other than do the right thing."
McDermott has more problems on his hands, as of Sunday. Not only does Tyrod Taylor have a concussion, but so does T.J. Yates.
That leaves the Bills with one healthy quarterback--rookie Nate Peterman--and another preseason game four days away.
“Anytime guys are injured it is concerning,” McDermott said. “That said, they are in the (concussion) protocol and I really can’t say anything further about that. But, we are hopeful that things work out.”
McDermott said Taylor would not have played Thursday anyway, but the Bills are considering adding another quarterback.
“We are talking about it,” the head coach added. “We haven’t come to a decision at this point and time. We are running the gamut on that — different style quarterbacks who are out there, guys who have been in this system, guys who are younger, older. So, we are still going through that process right now.”
The process with Dareus has been going on for years, but it's new to McDermott. He's treating it that way.
"When I came in here, you wipe the slate clean," McDermott said. "I acknowledge what had gone on in the past, I’m not as interested in that as I am where we’re going in the future. I still believe that. We just need to continue to learn. My hope is he’ll learn from last night’s situation and we’ll move forward."
McDermott was asked if getting sent home was a standard or previously agreed upon punishment for what Dareus did. He said it was a situation he did not want to deal with right before a game.
"It may not be right for another team, but it’s what’s right for the Buffalo Bills," McDermott said. "I made that decision because I felt like it was the right thing for this football team."
Now, they have to move forward.
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