ORCHARD PARK, NY - After that Bills' 23-3 loss to the Patriots, one of the most talked about moments from that game is still Rob Gronkowski's late hit on Tre'Davious White that left White in the concussion protocol.
On Monday during Sean McDermott's weekly press conference, he didn't want to address it any further because it will continue to be a "distraction." But one point from Gronkowski's hit is the lack of retaliation from Bills' players after.
McDermott does not think that was the case.
"That's not what I saw. I saw something other than that. I know what I saw," McDermott said.
Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly disagrees.
"The thing that surprised me just as much, we didn't retaliate. We didn't go after him," Kelly said Monday on 97 Rock.
"I tell you what, I remember back in the day, anytime anybody did something like that, whether it was me or Thurman or anybody, we were right there," Kelly explained.
"When you see something like that and it happens right in front of you, me as a quarterback, I might have run over and gave him a good shot," Kelly also said.
Gronkowski was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness along with Micah Hyde and Danny Amendola for a separate skirmish. Then Jerry Hughes was hit for unsportsmanlike conduct against an official and that 15 yard penalty was enforced.
Even with these penalties, none of the Bills directly went after Gronkowski.
"I'm proud of the poise we showed because that's important as we continue to build this thing that we're doing things the right way. The referees handle things and then we have to play within the rules and so we've moved on," McDermott explained.
The Bills face the Patriots again in three weeks at Gillette Stadium.