McDermott: 'Happy to have our fans any time we can get them'

Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined Howard and Jeremy ahead of Sunday's regular season finale against the Dolphins
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The Buffalo Bills are gearing up to finish off the 2020 regular season on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park.

This 2020 season has already been a historic one for the Bills on a number of levels. The team has clinched their first AFC East title since the 1995 season, quarterback Josh Allen is putting up MVP-caliber numbers, wide receiver Stefon Diggs is setting franchise records in his first season in Buffalo, and more.

With a win on Sunday, the Bills will finish the 2020 campaign with a 13-3 record, which would equal a franchise record last set in 1991. Buffalo would also pick up its sixth straight win, which would match the longest win streak since the 2004 season. Finally, a win over the Dolphins would give the Bills a perfect 6-0 record against the AFC East this season, which would be a franchise first.

While a win would put the cherry on top of a great regular season for the Bills, the focus is starting to shift towards gearing up for the AFC Wild Card Round, starting Saturday, Jan. 9. The Bills currently sit with the No. 2 seed in the conference, and can clinch that spot with a victory, or a Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

With the No. 2 seed, the Bills would be guaranteed, at least, two home games for the playoffs in the Wild Card and Divisional Rounds.

The big news of Wednesday happened to be the Bills and New York State coming to an agreement to allow 6,700 fans at Bills Stadium for the first playoff game in Orchard Park since 1996.

The state had been working in concert with the Bills, the State Department of Heath, and the NFL for a while in devising a plan to allow fans into playoff games this January. All fans that will be attending the games will be tested, and will be required to wear masks and be socially distant. There will also be a contact tracing program in place following the game.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott took some time on Thursday to join Howard Simon and Jeremy White as part of his weekly visit on WGR. He gave his thoughts on having fans back in the crowd for home games in the playoffs, as well as more on his team's preparations for this Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Here is some of what he had to say:

McDermott on fans being in attendance for playoff games this January:
"I think it's exciting news. We're certainly happy to have our fans any time we can get them. I know there was a lot of hard work that was put into this with Governor [Andrew] Cuomo and his office, and Terry and Kim [Pegula] and our office over here and the organization as well. A lot of hard work, and we're just thankful for it.

"The biggest thing is this doesn't change, in terms of the approach. Everyone's got to be safe and smart, and come out of this all for the better, hopefully."

McDermott on what factors he takes into account with who to play in Week 17 against Miami:
"It's a long list. Every year is different, every situation is different and every team is different. I'll try to keep this pretty straight forward and simple - you always come back to what's best for your team. You can really get into the weeds on your team, plus situations and who should play. At the end of the day, I found it best to do what's best for our team and our players."

McDermott on taking individual accomplishments into account for playing in Week 17:
"We put the team first in everything we do. After that' it's nice to have those individual records broken. That's great recognition for our club and our team and those individuals, but we try to keep things in the proper perspective, the proper order."

McDermott on free agent wide receiver Kenny Stills reportedly visiting the Bills:
"[General manager] Brandon [Beane] has had his eye on Stills for some time now. Nothing is certain to this point, so we'll just see where it goes from here."

McDermott on Diggs' impact in his first season in Buffalo:
"He's got the 'it' that you look for. He's a natural football player, and when you see it, you realize that he's just got a feel for the game. Some have it, some don't, and he certainly has it."

You can listen to the entire interview below: