On Tuesday, Bills coach Sean McDermott was asked about allegations from a Jaguars defensive lineman that the Bills were coached to make comments to the Jaguars' defense in order to get the Jaguars to lose their cool and commit penalties.
"You know what, they won the game and the whole situation to me is very unfortunate, and I’ll just leave it at that," McDermott said.
There is no disputing the game was chippy in the trenches.
Appearing Wednesday on the John Murphy Show, McDermott took it a step further, though, about the idea that the Bills coaches were urging their players to attempt to get under the Jaguars' skins.
“I’ve heard the reports also of that’s what we were coaching or something along those lines. In fact, the real honest truth was what we coached that week was to be poised,” McDermott said. “Because we know anytime you’re in a playoff game, [it’s a] very intense situation. In fact, going against their defense, they were a team that liked to get a little chippy. We felt like it was important for us to address our players and say, ‘Listen, let’s not beat ourselves.’ And so we talked a lot during the week about poise.”
In the interview with Murphy, McDermott also said he had no new information on allegations by the Jaguars' Yannick Ngakoue that Richie Incognito directed racial slurs at him.