One of the most talked about plays from Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season is the hit New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones leveled on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
The helmet-to-helmet contact was hard enough to knock Allen out for the rest of the game, and he's reportedly in the concussion protocol. Jones was penalized for unnecessary roughness, but it was offset due to a Bills holding penalty on the same play. Bills head coach Sean McDermott said after the game he thought Jones should've been ejected, and Buffalo safety Micah Hyde told reporters that if a Bills player made the same hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, that player would've been tossed from the action.
What did Brady think of the hit?
He was asked Monday morning during his weekly appearance on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," and the 42-year-old quarterback recalled some wise advice Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave him after he took a hard hit running with the football in Buffalo many years ago.
Tom Brady to @TheGregHillShow: "You never like to see anyone get hurt out there. Football is a contact sport. It's part of football. The reality is my career started when Drew got hit on the sideline. Drew was running...Those defensive players are very fast and very physical." — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 30, 2019
Tom Brady, to @TheGregHillShow: "I had a play like that up in Buffalo ... I remember the next day Coach Belichick said to me - I'll never forget this - ‘Hey Brady, if you want to have a career in this league, when you're running like that, you throw the ball away or slide.'" https://t.co/CBAuz0l0EX — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 30, 2019
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Brady doesn't run often, but he will when the situation requires it. He does a pretty good job avoiding contact by sliding, too. Giving up a yard or two is worth not getting drilled and potentially suffering an injury.
The Patriots don't play the Bills again until Week 16 in December. If both teams continue to play well, that late-season matchup at Gillette Stadium could have big implications on playoff spots and seeding.
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