Sean McDermott ‘certainly appreciated’ Bill Belichick’s lengthy postgame chat
The Buffalo Bills completed a season sweep of the New England Patriots with Monday night’s 38-9 throttling of the team’s longtime tormentor.
Understanding what it’s like to be on the other side of such an outcome, Bills head coach Sean McDermott noted how his postgame chat with Bill Belichick’s at midfield meant a lot to him.
The two head coaches held a lengthy discussion after the game, and the encounter was viewed as a significant outlier when compared to the Patriots head coach’s typically brief postgame interactions with an adversary regardless of outcome.
That was the LONGEST postgame handshake/hug I have EVER seen Bill Belichick give to ANY coach.— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) December 29, 2020
“Yeah, I mean, listen, I’ve been on the other side of it before,” McDermott told reporters, per Radio.com. “And so he was very complimentary, and I certainly appreciate that. And as you mentioned, a lot of respect for what he’s been able to do. So I just think it says a lot about the way we’re doing things as an organization, not just on the field what people see, but off the field.
“It’s not just the team I’m talking about. It’s the extended team, the way we do things, in ticketing, community relations, the business side of our operation and organization, so I just think it’s a standard across the board, not just on the field.”
Monday’s beatdown capped a regular-season sweep for the Bills over the Patriots for the first time since 1999. The loss by the Patriots (6-9) also ensures the team’s first losing season under Belichick since his first year at the helm in 2000, though there has been some speculation that there may be a method to Patriots boss’ approach to this unorthodox season.
The Bills and Patriots obviously have gone in opposite directions in 2020. First, the season will conclude without the Patriots being crowned AFC East champions for the first time since 2008. The Bills (12-3), meanwhile, are not only owners of the AFC East title for the first time since 1995, the team enters Week 17 as the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
All that said, the patently curmudgeonly and occasionally standoffish Belichick deserves credit for exhibiting some postgame class despite how thoroughly his team was beaten.
This is the longest postgame handshake I’ve ever seen Belichick give an opposing coach.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 29, 2020
McDermott after the game: “He was very complementary. …He’s a legend in terms of what he’s been able to do. I certainly appreciated that and am humbled by it.” pic.twitter.com/jCWAXo4wt6
“He’s a legend in terms of what he’s been able to do and I certainly appreciate that and I’m humbled by it,” McDermott added.