Bill Belichick is the best coach in the NFL, but don’t tell Sean McDermott that despite the fact he lost to the Patriots on Monday night.
Belichick and the Patriots passed the ball just three times due to borderline hurricane-force winds in Orchard Park, NY on Monday night, and still came away with victors.
Mac Jones doesn’t have much experience playing in the snow — he’s essentially the anti-Tom Brady in that department — but the Patriots offense is actually quite conducive to that sort of weather, per usual. Josh McDaniels deserves plenty of credit for running the ball effectively on Buffalo’s front-seven, as does Belichick for signing off on a radical strategy straight out of the early days of football.
McDermott doesn’t care.
While trying to declare he wasn’t outcoached, the data McDermott cites here makes a very strong case that he was outcoached. https://t.co/qOjy65zhCH
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) December 7, 2021
Did Sean McDermott get out-coached by Bill Belichick?
“Let’s not give more credit than we need to give credit to Bill Belichick in this one,” McDermott said, via NESN.com. “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.”
Look, no one likes to admit their opposition was better than them, but in this case it’s pretty clear. The Patriots ran the ball 46 times for 222 yards and a touchdown, while passing just three times. That kind of one-sided football takes a full week of preparation. Belichick was on top of the weather concerns, to say the least.
And in fairness, McDermott would never flat-out admit Belichick is a better coach than him. But in a matchup of Super Bowl contenders, the battle between headsets felt fairly one-sided.