Patriots coach Bill Beelischik will likely engage Bills Quarterback Josh Allen for the rest of Bilesic’s career in New England. And every time the two teams prepare to play each other, Allen will now have an extra boost of motivation.
During last night’s broadcast, ESPN’s Brian Griese at least twice said Belichick isn’t on board with Allen’s concept as an MVP candidate.
“Talking to him this week, He wasn’t convinced of Josh Allen’s madnessDuring the pre-match show, Ben Folin crossed out, Griese said The Boston Globe. He said: You know? We actually played really good defense against Josh Allen when we played in November. “
Said Griese just before the second half kicked off, after discussing Allen’s less impressive numbers during the first Patriots-Bills match of the season, “That’s part of the reason we told Bill Belichick this week that he didn’t buy Josh’s Mad Allen MVP, because he didn’t see him in that first match.” He said, “We took care of him in that game,” but tonight was a different story.
After the match, the journalists asked Belichick about the production meeting with the ESPN crew.
“Yes, I don’t know what they said,” Bilesik said. “I’m registered in it.”
This last part appears to be an indication of the fact that most of the things said at NFL production meetings are treated as informal. Sure, if Belichick was conveying the idea that he’s not fully on board Josh Allen’s wagon during a production meeting, Belichick wouldn’t want to share that with the rest of the world.
One reporter said in response: “They said you said you haven’t bought the Josh Allen MVP mad many times.” “Is this a fair explanation of what you said to them?”
“I said many times that Josh Allen is a good footballer, he played well, and he’s having a good year,” said Belishek.
Allen has a file Great Year, interspersed with last night’s performance of 27 to 36, which generated 320 yards, four landings, and without interceptions. For the season, he completed 69.1 percent of his throws (a lot for accuracy issues), 4,320 yards, 7.9 yards per attempt, 34 touchdown passes, nine interceptions, and a 106.4 passing rating.
And now the Patriots, after years of lightly dealing with bills, may be settling into an entirely different reality. Especially if Allen is constantly reminded of Belichick’s opinion as each future Patriots game approaches.
Then again, Allen won’t need much spur when facing the Patriots.
“I know this game,” Allen said of their division rivalry with New England. “If they don’t want to admit, then that means a lot to both sides and there is a lot of pride at stake.”
Beals proudly left and everything else in the 38-9 defeat to the Patriots. Allen and the Bills would enjoy the opportunity to keep doing this, twice a year for as many years as possible.