Sean McDermott clarifies previous comment, says Bill Belichick ‘is the standard’

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  • Buffalo Bills
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  • New England Patriots
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  • Bill Belichick
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    American football coach
  • Sean McDermott
    American football player and coach

Sean McDermott has been stuck facing one of the greatest head coaches in NFL history twice a season for the past five years.

The Buffalo Bills head coach completed his first sweep of the New England Patriots last year and the teams have now split the series this season. After a gritty 14-10 win by the Patriots in Week 13, the Bills came to Foxborough and walked away with a 33-21 win in Week 16.

Following the Patriots’ win, Sean McDermott had a comment that was misconstrued by the media.

“Let’s not give more credit than we need to give credit to Bill Belichick in this one,” McDermott said. “With all due respect, it’s not a Bill Belichick-type thing. It’s ‘What are you doing with the opportunities you’ve got?’”

On Sunday night while talking with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, McDermott went into further depth about his respect for Belichick.

“I’ll talk about that quote (not giving Belichick much credit after last meeting), first of all,” he said. “I know what I meant to say, and I have the utmost respect for Bill. And it was more about what I and our team didn’t do. And things sometimes take on a life of their own, I guess. But look, Bill Belichick makes me a better coach. He’s the standard. And so he just … he challenges even the opposite coach to continue to grow. It’s so hard to beat his team.

“And at the end of the day, I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to bring our team here, and I thought our guys played really hard today.”

The Bills continue to grow with Josh Allen at the helm and that’s something the Patriots will have to deal with for years to come.

“There’s a learning piece that goes with that also, for our young football team and our young leadership group,” McDermott said. “It’s that we just gotta stay humble, and continue to be who we are and put the work in to earn the right to win.”

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