McDermott approves of team’s response to Gronk hit (video)
By: Nick Wojton
ORCHARD PARK — Like it or not, Buffalo Bills (6-6) head coach Sean McDermott approved of the way his players reacted to Rob Gronkowski’s late hit on Tre’Davious White on Sunday at New Era Field.
On the play, the rookie cornerback battled for position against the tight end and hauled in the pass thrown by Tom Brady, his only interception of the day.
Gronk then jumped onto White’s head after he fell to the ground with the ball.
Some questioned whether or not the response by players was the correct response. McDermott did not question that.
“Well, that’s not what I saw. I saw something other than that,” McDermott said in terms of a poor reaction by White’s teammates. “I know what I saw, and I’m going to leave it at that for right now.”
The play resulted in Buffalo being penalized heavier. Gronk was called for unnecessary roughness as was wide receiver Danny Amendola, who got mixed up with Buffalo safety Micah Hyde, who was also called for unnecessary roughness.
Those all offset, and Bills defense end Jerry Hughes was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for “conduct foul against an official.” The Bills offense got the ball because of the pick, but started with their backs against the wall on a first-and-25.
McDermott indicated that he thought, while approving of the response, that his team showed proper restraint.
“I know what I saw, and I’m also proud to a point of the poise that we showed, because that’s important as we build this thing that we’re doing things the right way. The referees handled things and then we have to play within the rules. Like I said, we’ve moved on. I’ve answered your question, and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” McDermott said.
As of McDermott’s scheduled 1 p.m. press conference, the head coach had not yet heard from the NFL in terms of disciplinary action against Gronkowski.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., the NFL announced Gronkowski was suspended one game for his actions. No further disciplined is expected for Buffalo players despite the Bills being the more penalized team following the play.
Gronkowski was not ejected from the game. According to reports, Gronkowski will appeal his one-game suspension.
For more from McDermott on Monday, see the attached video below: