It's McDermott, though, who may be the most interesting figure in Friday's moves. He's clearly attacking his team-building responsibilities alongside Beane like he did opposing offenses throughout his coordinating career in Carolina and Philadelphia — with the type of aggression and fearlessness that would make his late mentor, Jim Johnson, proud.
The Browns may remain at the head of the 2018 Draft table, but Buffalo isn't far behind. Both teams now own six picks in the top three rounds and may be in the market for a future franchise passer — depending on the 2017 play of DeShone Kizer and Tyrod Taylor, respectively.
McDermott has made it clear the lack of discipline and attention to detail that marred the brief rein of his predecessor, Rex Ryan, will no longer be tolerated. He's largely wiped the slate clean of some of Doug Whaley's bigger personnel gaffes. The message should be clear: no Bill acquired by the old regime is safe, and McDermott, rather than playing it safe as a rookie head coach, is all in on turning around a listless Bills franchise.