The Bills have only scheduled 13 practices at St. John Fisher College this year.
This has led many to wonder if the new regime of head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane will want to move camp back to Buffalo.
However, Thursday the two had nothing but love for Rochester.
“I just believe in going away and I know how important that is,” says McDermott. “It goes a long way in terms of building our football team.”
Beane agrees that being away from home will help the entire organization focus on football.
“I don’t have an obligation to go home to my family,” says Beane. “I miss them and all that, but there’s no responsibility to take care of my kids or run errands. The wives understand that. It’s kind of like a lock in.”
McDermott says that a few weeks in the dorms can do wonders for a young team.
“I addressed it in the spring, in terms of what we’re trying to get done and build our identity,” says McDermott. “Get to know one another. The camaraderie develops from going away. It develops our toughness as a football team.”
Beane agrees that having training camp away from Buffalo will help the team grow.
“I think you just build, in my history,” said Beane. “I think it’s huge to what you’re trying to build, especially a new team and the culture we’re trying to build here.”
Fans looking to attend any of the Bills 13 practices at St. John Fisher will have to set their alarm clocks early. Nine of those practices are at 8:45 am.
Don’t expect that to change either.