[BN] Blitz: How Bills’ Sean McDermott is trying to strike a work-life balance |

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott speaks with NFL officials on day one of the mandatory NFL football minicamp at Orchard Park on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

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Coach, dad, husband, brother. How Bills’ Sean McDermott is trying to strike a work-life balance

Sean McDermott had two big things on his schedule last Wednesday: minicamp and graduation.

The Buffalo Bills were finishing off-season training and the head coach’s son was finishing elementary school. McDermott found a way to spend time with both.

“The older I get, the more you want to be a good husband, a good father, a good son, and a good brother,” McDermott said. “There is a balance.”

A work-life balance for an NFL coach is an elusive goal. The term balance doesn’t even really apply: 50/50 isn’t achievable, especially in a demanding job where eye bags have been a badge of honor.

McDermott, 48, lived this reality. He cut back on a routine that once had him sleeping in the Philadelphia Eagles offices early in his coaching career. His new schedule isn’t perfect, always up and in the office well before dawn during the season, but he strives to attend to all areas of his life.

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“If anyone has this formula, let me know,” he said.


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