Sean McDermott clarifies his comment on Bill Belichick
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott respects New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. McDermott tried to revisit a quote from the start of the season where he appeared to shoot Belichick after the Patriots beat the Bills.
After Buffalo’s loss in Week 13 McDermott said, “Let’s not give more credit than we need to to credit Bill Belichick in this one.” It turned out to be irritating given that the Belichick Patriots just won the game.
McDermott said he never thought of it that way, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.
“I’ll talk about that quote, first of all,” he explained. “I know what I meant and I have the utmost respect for Bill. And it was more about what me and our team didn’t do. And things take a life of their own sometimes, I guess. But listen, Bill Belichick makes me a better coach. It is the Standard. And so he just… he even challenges the opposing coach to keep growing. It’s so hard to beat your team. “
McDermott clarified that the original quote was meant to focus on the Bills’ mistakes. The team had plenty of chances to win in Week 13, but failed to convert in the big moments. It was partly McDermott’s fault. He chose to hit a basket despite the howling winds. The blow was not good. The Bills lost the contest 14-10.
The quote wasn’t meant to be malicious, but McDermott’s execution was lacking. He could have just said, “We fought. It would have conveyed the same point, and would not have invoked Belichick.
Sean McDermott leads the week 16
McDermott proved the Bills’ loss in Week 13 was a fluke on Sunday. The Bills beat the Patriots 33-21 in the rematch of Week 16. With no extreme winds, Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a huge day. He completed 30 of 47 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns.
After the contest, Belichick made no passive aggressive comments about McDermott’s coaching style. He declined to answer a question about his New Years resolution, however.