Following the Patriots' 14-10 win over the Bills on Monday Night Football, Sean McDermott was asked a question about going against Bill Belichick and he gave an interesting answer.
The Bills coach was asked about getting visibly frustrated on the sideline and what it's like psychology facing Belichick when he's running the ball constantly.
“Let’s not give more credit than we need to give credit to Bill Belichick in this one," McDermott said. "Whether it was Bill or anybody else, they beat us, right? But, you sit here and you tell me when we start with an average field position of the 40-yard line and he starts with the 23-yard line — I’m rounding up in both cases — and we were 1-for-4 in the red zone and they were 0-for-1 in the red zone? You give me that ahead of time, I’d say I like my chances. I like my chances.
"I don’t think, with all due respect, it’s not a Bill Belichick-type thing. It’s, what are you doing with the opportunities you got? What are you doing with the opportunities you got? We turned the ball over on the plus-30-something yard line. Sloppy football. Sloppy football. I’m very comfortable in that situation.”
McDermott had a questionable challenge in the third quarter and the Bills also used another timeout early, so they only had one remaining late in the game when they could have used one or two more.
He was also asked about making his top two returners inactive and pointed to the Patriots' lone turnover when N'Keal Harry had the ball bounce off his face mask and the Bills recovered in the first quarter.
“Yeah, the same reason that they turned it over, the same reason they turned it over on their punt return team, I wasn’t willing to do that," McDermott said. "I wanted to put a guy back there that I trusted that was going to make good decisions with the ball.”
McDermott is 2-7 against the Patriots with both wins coming last season when the Patriots finished 7-9.