PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local):
Sean McDermott doesn’t think it will be easy coaching in a division with the guy he calls “one of the greatest of all time.”
Responding to a question about the Patriots at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday, the new Buffalo coach at first said he’s so focused on his new job he hasn’t had much time to think about anything else.
But it quickly became clear that McDermott has thought about the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick.
“It’s one thing to have success, it’s another thing to sustain it. That to me starts with leadership,” McDermott said. “… They’ve been able to sustain their success and we’re all scrambling to try to catch up with them.”
McDermott, the defensive coordinator at Carolina before taking the Bills job, laughed when he heard that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wants to play six or seven more years and that Belichick could coach until he’s 80.
“This is supposed to be fun coming out here, man,” McDermott said.
The Houston Texans — loaded at several positions, but not quarterback — have been mentioned as a possible destination for Tony Romo. Coach Bill O’Brien can’t say much about it.
“He’s a heck of a quarterback,” O’Brien said Tuesday. “That’s all I can say about that.”
With Romo still under contract to the Dallas Cowboys, O’Brien can’t get more specific.
The Texans have been unsettled at the position for years. Houston thought it had a keeper in Brock Osweiler, but shipped him to Cleveland one year after signing him to a four-year $72 million contract, $37 million guaranteed.
“Obviously we haven’t had stability there,” O’Brien said. “That hasn’t been any one person’s fault. I think that’s just…