Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen certainly did plenty to catch Bill Belichick’s attention over the final month of the NFL season. When the Bills came to Foxborough in Week 16, Allen led an offensive attack that became the first to ever go full game against a Belichick defense without punting. Three weeks later, Allen and the Bills became the first team in NFL history to end every drive of a game with a touchdown.
Allen, in particular, was flawless in that second game. He completed 21-of-25 passes for 308 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
When the two met up after the game, Belichick was criticized for his brief handshake with the 25-year-old quarterback. As it turns out, that conversation was more of a ‘see you later,’ with following reports indicating Belichick stopped in the Bills’ locker room to speak with Allen further. Appearing on the Pat McAfee show Thursday afternoon, Allen shared what that conversation was like.
“He came up to me, which was really cool. I’ve got a lot of respect for him and what he’s done over his career and obviously he’s one of if not the greatest coach of all time,” Allen said. “So, for him to come up to me after a game and just kind of give me some kudos and dap me up – meant a lot to me just knowing the type of coach that he is, the type of players that he’s been around and he’s coached and obviously the success that he’s had throughout his career. So that was a pretty cool moment for me.”
But what exactly was discussed between the two? “Just more respect,” Allen said, when asked if their conversation took a more big-picture approach. “Like, ‘ what you did out there was awesome. You played well tonight and we didn’t have an answer. Again, I shared the respect right back obviously because I’m a big fan of his and like I said I can go on and on about the accolades that he has. But again, for a coach to do that – that high-caliber – it was pretty special.”
The interaction is notably similar to the one Belichick had with Tom Brady upon his return to Gillette Stadium back in October. The two embraced briefly on the field, with Belichick then spending about 30 minutes talking with his former quarterback in the Tampa locker room after the game.
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