Even though his quarterback Josh Allen got stuffed on the game-deciding 4th-and-1 sneak last night, Bills head coach Sean McDermott has no regrets about his decision to go for it.
Allen was hit for no gain on 4th-and-1 from the Titans’ 3-yard line with 22 seconds remaining and Buffalo trailing 34-31. McDermott could have taken the field goal and played for overtime, but rolled the dice on his team being able to get the first down.
The goal, McDermott told reporters after the game, was getting the W in regulation, and he had full faith in his players to get the job done.
“We’re this far from winning the game,” McDermott said, holding his hands inches apart, via Pro Football Talk. “I owe it to my players. I believe in my players. I believe in my quarterback. I trust my guys. Obviously we didn’t get it done in this case, but I trust my players.”
Considering he has one of the best teams in the league and a physically imposing quarterback capable of getting the first down on a sneak more often than not, we don’t blame McDermott for taking the shot he did.
It didn’t work out this time, but chances are, his trust and belief in his players will be rewarded in a similar situation down the line.