The NFL suspended Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for a game in response to his last hit at the head of Bills cornerback Tre & White in Sunday's game, but a couple of former Bills believe that the response itself was not big enough.
Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly told the 97 Rock in Buffalo on Monday he was surprised the team did not retaliate and had "run over and given him a good chance." Aaron Williams, who played with many current Bills before being released in March, wrote on Twitter that "do not let your brother do it like that and let the man just walk freely" and put it on " # SoftAss "in another tweet.
Bills coach Sean McDermott was asked about Kelly's comments and defended the way his players responded.
"That was not what I saw," McDermott said. "I saw something more than that, those are your words, not my words, I know what I saw, I'm going to leave it like that … I know what I saw, and I'm also proud of a point of poise that we show. We build this, we are doing things the right way, the referees manage things and we have to play within the rules.
Bills safety, Micah Hyde, was summoned for an unnecessary rudeness to get entangled with Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, which meant that Gronkowski's penalty did not even apply. The Bills were knocked down 15 yards when Jerry Hughes was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after an interaction with an official, so the net loss was quite large even without the additional fouls and discipline they would have received for a response in line with the Old Bills wanted to see.