Micah Hyde addresses the hit on Josh Allen: “If it was 12 …”
Bills players and coach sounded off on the hit that knocked Josh Allen out of the game in the fourth quarter.
“The first thing that came out of my mouth on the sideline, if one of us did that to 12 [Tom Brady] we wouldn’t be in the game anymore,” Micah Hyde said. “No way, there’s no way we would continue to be playing in that game. Especially with that holding penalty that we had, offset penalty, no way. It’s stuff like that, obviously that’s our quarterback and we ride or die with him. To see that happen, you know he didn’t slide but at the end of the day you can’t hit head-to-head.”
“I think you’d probably be thrown out of the football game, I’m going to leave it at that,” Jordan Poyer said.
“There’s no room in football for that,” head coach Sean McDermott said. “It’s a shame to see a player like Josh or any player for that matter go down on a hit like that … I asked for an explanation and I thought he should’ve been thrown out. Other than that I’m not going to get into that at all. That’s for the league to get into.”
Cole Beasley still has confidence in the offense
Despite the offensive struggles at times, Cole Beasley still learned a lot about his Buffalo teammates.
“I love the team we have in this room,” Beasley said. “Even though we played so poorly on offense at times, it’s the kind of game where you realize the type of guys you have that keep fighting through that stuff and keep working. I’ll go to war with this team any day.”
Lorenzo Alexander: Come back stronger
The Bills were in position to beat the Patriots due to the performance of their defense. Ultimately, the comeback came up short but players are looking forward to coming back and competing next week.
“We went toe-to-toe with a pretty good football team,” Lorenzo Alexander said. “At the end of the day, I know when we go back and watch the film it’s going to come down to self-inflicted wounds. Turnovers, giving up a block punt for a touchdown, those things. When you play a team of that caliber you can’t give up and so we’ve got to continue to grow in this game. It’s not going not define us, it’s going to make us better, we’re going to continue to focus and continue to rise and continue to create a way to get ready for the Titans next week. So we’re 3-1, I think right where we want to sit and obviously it’s a game that I think we probably could have won, we just didn’t play well enough early in the first half.”
“There’s no moral victories, but we stood toe-to-toe with them,” Kurt Coleman said. “We know what we’re capable of doing. At the end of the day, this team right here in this locker room, we don’t care whether or not we got this victory or not, we didn’t win a Super Bowl winning this game and we sure didn’t lose the Super Bowl. We’re going to regroup and come back better than ever.”
Jerry Hughes believes the defense has to find a way create more plays
Tom Brady averaged 3.8 yards per attempt, his lowest rate in a win in his career, per ESPN stats and info. Since Sean McDermott has taken over as head coach, the Bills have been adept at holding Brady and the Patriots offense to low statistical outputs.
“You know, we work on our fundamentals, our technique, and controlling what we can control,” Jerry Hughes said. “And I think when you get a group of guys believing in that, doing that, executing that, doing their 1/11th you get the results.”
Despite Buffalo’s defensive performance that limited New England to just 11 first downs, Hughes feels the defense needs to do more.
“Now, someone has to make a play on our side of the ball, we got to get one more turnover,” Hughes said. “Micah [Hyde] had a great interception to kind of keep some points off the board. Somebody up front, we got to force a fumble, get a sack, find a way just to kind of create some momentum just to kind of help our offense. That's our job is to create turnovers, create a short field and we just fell short today.”
Dion Dawkins and the offensive line will be ready to regroup
Dion Dawkins isn’t worried about what anyone has to say to him and the offensive line.
“The o-line is a brotherhood and these are my guys, Dawkins said. “Mitch [Morse] is our leader and we fall behind him and that’s our dude and he does a hell of a job running it all. We all bounce off of each other and the o-line just has to keep stacking, this game doesn’t define anything.”
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