Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott held his end-of-season press conference on Tuesday and made it clear that his team still has plenty of room to grow and get better, especially if they want to take the next step and play in the Super Bowl.
"There's a lot that we've improved in, in terms of what's gotten us to where we are, but there's still a gap, in terms of where they are and where we are," McDermott said of the Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the Bills 38-24 in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
"It's just not one answer that solves that problem. We all have to, starting with me, continue to ask ourselves the hard questions of the what ifs, and the whys and the hows. We, as a staff, have to get better and improve. We have to improve our roster. We have to improve our operation in what we do."
With their victory, the Chiefs will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in Tampa on Feb. 7. They'll have a chance to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champs since the New England Patriots did it in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
"We have a lot of respect for them," McDermott said of the Chiefs. "They're well coached and they have a good roster, and they played better than we did. They coached better than we did. But this is a learning experience for us. A lot of our players had never been in a game of that magnitude, on that stage, and I'm confident that we will learn from that experience. Those players, in particular, will learn that had never been in that situation, and we as an organization, I think learned a lot by going through the week that we just went through."
The head coach was asked what area his team needs to improve specifically to take the next step, and touched on a variety of areas on and off the field:
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