One can differentiate, just from reading some of the responses in this thread, those who examine and contemplate life and relationships, from those who are more “reactive” in life to what happens to them. Not suggesting either group is “good” or “bad” but it’s interesting the different ways in which we all go through our lives and perceive what goes on around us.
I don’t believe the Bulls won six consecutive championships with Michael Jordan only because he was the best player in the game. There are many, many great players who never achieve team supremacy. One who immediately comes to mind is Dan Marino. He may have been the greatest pure passer the league has ever seen, but never even reached a Super Bowl after his 2nd year. A lot of people bemoaned the fact that Shula “never put together a good running game” to take pressure off of Marino, but is that what really happened? I doubt it. Marino’s ego was his worst enemy.
Look, it’s an obvious reality that you need great players to win championships, but discounting the relationship aspect of team building and failing to understand the power of getting every man on that roster believing in (a) the same things and (b) each other is naive, IMO.
McDermott (and Beane) are outstanding team builders and understand the chemistry/DNA necessary in their players to achieve greatness. That doesn’t mean they are infallible — McD himself admits he still has much to learn and improve upon — but there is no duo I’d rather have leading the Buffalo Bills at this point in time.
I truly believe we are at the cusp of the greatest era of Buffalo Bills football ever known.