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Bill Belichick on Jonathan Jones hit: 'There isn't really much you can tell him to do differently'

Bill Belichick on Jonathan Jones hit: 'There isn't really much you can tell him to do differently'

The New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills have been going back and forth since the end of Sunday's game against a hit that occurred in the fourth quarter.

On the play, Patriots corner Jonathan Jones hit Josh Allen as the Bills quarterback was scrambling for yardage. Jones and Allen ended up engaging in helmet-to-helmet contact and Allen took the worst of it on the play. Allen would leave the game and didn't return as he was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

In the aftermath of the game, Bills coach Sean McDermott said that "there's no place in the game" for the hit Jones placed on Allen. And Micah Hyde went as far as saying that had a similar hit been levied on Tom Brady, the player would have been ejected.

Meanwhile, Patriots players like Duron Harmon and Jones himself were frustrated by the flag, as Allen was a runner and he initiated the contact. And now, Bill Belichick has weighed in with his take on the hit.

In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Belichick didn't seem to like the call against Jones as said that there really wasn't much that Jones could've done differently.

"I think, when a player -- When there isn't really much you can tell him to do differently, then I think you don't tell him anything," Belichick said. "I mean, Allen's a big runner; he's a strong guy, hard to tackle. He certainly broke several tackles against us. Jon (Jones) turned when he hit him and didn't lead with his head."

And when asked if he thought Jones ever played dangerous or close to the envelope when on the field, Belichick had a simple response.

"Uh, no."

Despite his thoughts on the hit, Belichick deferred judgment to the league office on the hit and said that the Patriots will "coach it within the rules as (they're) interpreted."

"Ultimately the decision rests with Al Riveron and the game officials and the NFL office on that play," Belichick said. "It really doesn't matter what you think or what I think or what anybody else thinks. They're the ones who are officiating the play and we'll coach it within the rules as the rules are interpreted."

As Riveron explained postgame, the contact "didn't rise to the level" of being an ejection but the penalty on the play stood.

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Awesome NFL video highlights all 36 turnovers forced by Patriots defense in 2019

Awesome NFL video highlights all 36 turnovers forced by Patriots defense in 2019

The New England Patriots defense ranked among the NFL's best in 2019, and a huge reason for this unit's success was its ability to force turnovers.

The Patriots forced the second-most turnovers in the league with 36 during the regular season. They also led the league with 25 interceptions and a plus-21 turnover differential. Veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore tied for the league lead with six interceptions and was named AP Defensive Player of the Year.

It's safe to say the Patriots defense was aggressive and opportunistic throughout 2019, and it certainly helped overcome some of the team's offensive struggles during the second half of the campaign.

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Check out all of the turnovers forced by New England's defense last season in the video below:

The Patriots' Super Bowl title defense ended surprisingly early with an AFC Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. The defense played pretty well, holding the Titans to just 13 offensive points. Tom Brady and his offense couldn't generate much of anything versus the Titans defense, though, and the Patriots lost 20-13.

New England's defense could look much different in 2020. The unit has several key players eligible for unrestricted free agency, including safety Devin McCourty, linebackers Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy, and defensive tackle Danny Shelton, among others.

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Chris Simms' Tom Brady-Ryan Tannehill take may grind Patriots fans' gears

Chris Simms' Tom Brady-Ryan Tannehill take may grind Patriots fans' gears

We can understand Derrick Henry supporting Ryan Tannehill amid speculation that Tom Brady may consider joining to the Tennessee Titans.

Tannehill is Henry's quarterback, after all. He's not going to throw him under the bus.

But Chris Simms has no stake in the game -- and still believes the Titans would be better off with Tannehill than the six-time Super Bowl champion in 2020.

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Here's Simms on Wednesday's edition of NBC Sports PFT Live with Mike Florio:

 

"Everybody out there: You're crazy!" Simms said. "Tom Brady is not better than Ryan Tannehill right now! I'm just sorry! 

"I know Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback ever, certainly the most accomplished. (He's) the man. But that doesn't mean he's the best in 2020."

Simms didn't stop there, suggesting the Titans may not have defeated the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round if Brady was under center instead of Tannehill.

"The Titans weren't a team that had weapons galore," Simms said "They didn't have great weapons (either). We didn't really know about A.J. Brown until Ryan Tannehill got in there."

Got all that, Patriots fans?

This kind of take is nothing new from Simms, who ranked Brady as the NFL's ninth-best quarterback last summer and put Matthew Stafford ahead of the 14-time Pro Bowler at the midseason point.

He's also not wrong that Tannehill was excellent last season, leading the NFL in yards per attempt (9.6) and ranking second in touchdown percentage (7.7 percent) while going 7-3 as Tennessee's starter.

But 10 starts do not an elite quarterback make -- especially a QB who had the NFL's 2019 leading rusher (Henry) taking the heat off him.

Were Brady's numbers worse than Tannehill's in 2019? Sure. His 6.6 yards per attempt were the second-lowest of his career, while his 3.9 touchdown percentage represented his lowest rate ever.

As Patriots fans will tell you, though, Brady also helped a team with a revolving door of mediocre offensive weapons score the seventh-most points in the NFL while finishing 12-4.

All debates aside, the money could prove Brady's worth compared to Tannehill: The former may command north of $30 million in free agency, while the latter might be several million below that number.

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