Sean McDermott: We lost because of sloppy football, not a Bill Belichick-type thing

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s work in putting together a game plan to handle both the elements and the Bills on Monday night earned him a lot of praise during and after New England’s 14-10 victory.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott wasn’t so willing to credit Belichick’s work as the deciding factor in the game. McDermott pointed to a lost fumble in Patriots territory and the mistakes his team made during two fruitless trips into the red zone in the fourth quarter driving factors in why the Bills wound up on the wrong side of the final score.

“Let’s not give more credit than we need to give credit to Bill Belichick in this one,” McDermott said, via “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 starting 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.”

The Bills are now 3-4 since starting the season with a 4-1 record and they’ve been plagued by many of the same issues that hurt them on Monday throughout that stretch. That supports the notion that it wasn’t all about Belichick, but it probably won’t make anyone feel better about the state of the Bills right now.

55 responses to “Sean McDermott: We lost because of sloppy football, not a Bill Belichick-type thing

  1. Based off the number of times he mentioned Belichick’s name, I think it’s safe to say Bill haunts McDermott in his dreams.

  2. Learn how to lose graciously McDermott. Really sounds like he has a grudge against BB and the Pats.
    And learn how to keep your cool on the sideline, typically, people dont make their best decisions when they are angry.
    Your team made lots of mistakes and your team wasnt able to adjust and stop the run even though they knew the Pats were going to run the ball. Thats on you as the coach.

    Do better.

  3. When you say ” It’s not a Bill Belichick-type thing” then “it’s a Bill Belichick-type thing”.

  4. Patriots win because they seem to be able to get away with doing illegal things at key moments. Didn’t watch the game but ran a replay of their lone TD. Sure enough, the center opens the hole by holding for about 2 seconds.

    He immediately wraps his arms around the defender and pulls him out of the hole and holds him until the running back goes by then lets go. If that is not holding, I don’t know what is. I’ve seen their centers get away with doing that constantly and they almost never get called for it (only 2 holds on the center all year).

    Add to that that the other blocker who helps open the hole, also may have held. Makes you wonder what the referees are looking at.

  5. Ok, take away that lost fumble then. But to be fair then they have to take away the Patriot turnover that keft the Bills close too. So taking any subsequent points for each off the board…Pats still win.

  6. McDermott fails to mention where the Bills got their 10 points. The TD was because of N’Keal Harry’s bonehead touch of the punt, giving the Bills first and goal. They got their FG after a 15-yard personal foul call on the Pats that even the announcers called “phantom.” In the conditions in Buffalo, those 15 yards were a huge gift that ended up giving them three more points. Without the Patriots’ sloppiness and the gift from the refs, the Bills could have gone scoreless.

    The Patriots defense was stellar and the offense just kept hammering. It was a totally frustrating game plan for the Bills and made it a nail-biter for viewers. I don’t care if McDermott credits Belichick for that game plan. But it’s a disservice to his players, who played hard and mostly well, to call them sloppy.

  7. Challenging the spot of the 4th down run was idiotic. Refs bailed Buffalo out in that ridiculous personal foul where Allen tried to jump to the sideline. Allen played fine considering the elements but yeah the Belichick game plan, his defense and running game won and McDermott lost it.

  8. Everything SMD said is true enough to be said, but SMD was obviously angry. Not enough respect to the 11 guys on the other side of the ball that held his high-flying offense and billionaire qb to 10 points in their own house, and on prime-time tv. I mean, in his post game comments, BB said more about Josh Allen than Josh McDaniels.

    Like BB sez: “When you lose, say little. When you win, say less.” (Or is it the other way around?) 🙂

  9. Ha, he got smoked and he knows it, and he’s afraid he’s lost status. Ha, just give credit where it’s due bro, no shame in getting embarrassed by the goat!!!

  10. McDermott should be happy to let others give credit to Belichick on this one, because otherwise we’re going to start focusing on how much credit McDermott should get for losing. And now that you mention in Sean, you’re aren’t looking like such a great coach lately.

  11. So basically what he is saying is that his team lost the game… they didn’t get beat…. ya, um, whatever dude…. You make as much sense in a press conference as you do coaching on a grid iron.

  12. I like how people will always point to a specific thing like 1 turnover, as an example of why the game was lost. Completely ignoring that NE made an absolutely mind blowing mistake (the muffed punt off Harry’s face mask when he shouldnt have been anywhere near it), which literally put 7 points on the board for Buffalo. But you are going to talk about your fumble. On your fumble, you could argue it was a good play by the defense and the Pats stole one. On the Harry fumble, that was nothing Buffalo did, it was just a gift from a stupid play. In the end you lost because you didnt play well enough. Bill stood on the other sideline, holding a big white board that said “we are only gonna run the ball all night” and you couldnt stop it.

  13. Well I guess if it wasn’t Belichick’s great coaching it must have been McDermott’s poor coaching. Thanks for taking responsibility Sean.

  14. Belichick’s game plan was brilliant, and the Bills didn’t play all that sloppy.

    I thought that 2 field goal attempts in that wind were the real difference in that game.

    Folk kicked a field goal early in the 4th quarter that, when it left his leg, was headed to the left of the left upright. Any other night that kick would have missed. But first it blew a little to the right, then a lot more to the right, and went between the uprights toward the right third of them. That was a veteran kicker properly allowing for the wind conditions.

    Then later in the quarter, Bass tried a field goal from the right hash. He aimed to kick it between the uprights and the ball ended up blowing to the right – no good. A young kicker who was not experienced enough to properly allow for the wind.

    If Folk had missed and Bass made his, then it’s a 6 point swing and the Bills win. The game came down to a brilliant game plan plus great execution of that plan by the players – much more than sloppy play by the Bills. But McDermott needs to send a message and I guess this is his way of doing it.

  15. Eh… you got out-coached man! Why would you even say this though, it’s a bad look dude.

  16. If Dawson Knox doesn’t drop a whole bunch of catchable balls the outcome might have been different.

  17. “Sloppy football. I’m very comfortable in that situation.”
    I guess The Bills are comfortable playing sloppy football.

  18. Are we bitter? McDermott spent the whole game bitching and whining, the guy looks as if he is losing control. They play the Bucs next week, so they could be 3-5 for their last eight, not good for the Bills mafia…

  19. Unlike the browns, there was no gotta get him his touches, cant run the ball with 9 men in box, we will figure it out at the bye, etc etc

  20. Hey, Coach, don’t you remember what happened to the last guy who wouldn’t kiss the ring?

  21. If it wasn’t for Harry’s blunder, the Bills would not of even scored a TD. Plain and simple, Belichick out coached him. I can understand why NE didn’t pass with the wind at their back, but Buffalo with Allen. Had Bills passed more, that game may have been a tad bit different.

  22. Only one thing matters in the NFL… winning! You’ll have another chance in week 16 but you just gave a very hot team motivation for the rematch… good luck!

  23. You lost because the Patriots ran it down your throat and there was nothing you could do to stop it.

  24. The more I think about it, the more disgusted I am with McDermott’s blaming this all on his players. Fine, don’t say a word about Belichick, but the least he could do was to take responsibility for his coaching failures. That challenge was ridiculous. The failure to have Josh Allen run more and possibly pass more were mistakes. Especially after it became clear the refs weren’t going to treat Allen as a runner even when he obviously was, what’s the excuse for not taking advantage of that situation?

    Both the players and McDermott were hostile to legitimate questions after the game. That made them look like guys without emotional control and mental toughness. But if my coach threw me under the bus the way McDermott did his players, I guess I’d be in an even worse mood than usual after a loss.

  25. Sean, dating back to your days as Eagles DC, this was always your problem. You don’t know how to check your ego in public.

    There’s no shame in being outcoached by the guy whose team you faced last night. His defense was playing chess and your offense was playing checkers. Admit it.

  26. You could tell by the stressed and distressed look on McDermott’s face by half way through the 2nd quarter that the Bills were probably going to lose. He was too busy being upset to concentrate on coaching.

    You could tell he knew he was going to not only lose but be badly embarrassed in the process.

  27. The one game I would have liked to see the Bills win and they lose in impressive fashion. At least the coach is cracking under the stress. All of the Bills seemed to crack at post game press conferences last night…

  28. Outcoached. Nothing to be ashamed of. But for some reason NFL coaches always pass the buck. The few coaches who are prepared to stand up and say hell of a game by those guys on the other sideline get a lot more credit than the weak commentary about fundamentals, turnovers, or execution.

  29. Would have figured you needed to actually achieve something before having this kind of pompous attitude.
    Enjoy that one division title Sean, it might be your only one if you don’t own up to your mistakes.

  30. Diggs not being able to haul in that beautiful pass in the endzone … Breida’s fumble … the missed chipshot field goal … all totally foreseeable, given the circumstances. And we know they were foreseeable because Belichick foresaw them. He approached the game in such a way as to reduce those kinds of variables to as close to zero as possible. McDermott didn’t.

  31. This little dork on the sidelines thinks he is better than he is. He has the Whinebaugh disease. Runs his mouth, berates the refs all game long, and then loses.

  32. and I always thought Mike Tomlin was coach crazy eyes – forget that – this guy is the new coach crazy eyes – he looked like Captain Insane) on the sideline all night

  33. Bad look for McDermott, but it’s not as if BB holds grudges, LOL! This will make the game in Foxboro twice as difficult for the Bills. Not smart.

  34. Hard to figure out who cried and complained more last night…. McDermott or Allen….. both need to shut and perform or they are gonna miss the playoffs all together

  35. Bill has said in order to win a game, you must first not lose it. Hence all the run plays with the weather conditions. He doesn’t want to turn the ball over.

    The Bills won the coin toss, yet they took the wind in their faces for the 4th quarter, the time when all the marbles were on the table. Why? Because it’s just another area where they were out coached.

  36. Can’t wait to see the Bills play the Pat’s alumni.

    Brady and Gronk, this coming Sunday.

  37. I thought this guy was a pretty good coach (and a fairly lousy person) until the last 6 games or so. Now I wonder if he isn’t over-rated and a fairly lousy person.

  38. The Bills are in big trouble. They can’t handle physical teams. The Bucs will get physical with them and most likely dominate them. In the playoffs, the only team they match up well against are the Chiefs. If they get the Colts, Titans, Patriots, or even the Bengals, they will lose.

  39. Sad display by a pretender coach. Reminds me of Big mouth Rex Ryan saying he wasn’t gonna kiss BB’s rings. Lean to lose w/ some grace coach, its only one game.

  40. Can’t wait for the excuses after their next loss to the Pats as Jones goes 37-45, 350yds and 4TDs and they run the ball 7 times.

  41. Don’t think for a second that McDermott’s comments will be forgotten when the Bills visit Foxboro in a few weeks. It may not be the same weather or circumstances,but the end result will be the same as Monday night. You can’t,especially as HC,give Belichick motivation to hand you a beat down.

  42. Listening to NFL Radio and ex-players in Twitter, apparently McDermott is the ONLY person who doesn’t think it was a “Belichick thing.” One former offensive line coach, Paul Alexander, said he loved watching because Belichick was using formations and schemes he had not seen since his own days as O-Line coach in Cincinnati when Corey Dillon was setting records in late 90s and early 2000s. He said he could not believe that Buffalo did not make any adjustments until the 4th quarter. He went so far as to say these young coaches have never seen formations and schemes like this and have no idea how to defend it, using a WR to seal the end then swinging the guard around to take out the DB. It didn’t surprise, Jim Miller who played for BB, said Belichick, would review tapes from 10 years ago, to see “what we used to do well, and see if we can still use it.” He kept talking about how the linemen were taking out DBs, and the traps that NE was running and Buffalo had no answer. Old school smash mouth football, 222 yards rushing.
    McDermott could learn from Belichick when his team loses too. Belichick press conference after a New Enlgand loss,typically goes like this “I need to coach better. We all need to do better, me, all the coaches have to coach better, have to play better.” Basically, our failures start with me, holds himself accountable.
    He was also asked before the game, “what is different from last year?” His response, “Better players.” Gives credit to others, takes the blame when it is goes wrong.

  43. sigh. Itd be better if he said nothing. Yeah, he got you McDermott everyone saw it. You wernt prepared for that type of game and it showed. Thats why you lost. Its fine, hes been around for a long time and has been known to change things up, but just move on. No need to draw dumb attention to yourself.

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