The Buffalo Bills’ celebrations following Sunday’s 16-0 win over the New England Patriots can best be described as excessive. Heath Evans, however, has some more descriptive language for the spectacle at Gillette Stadium.
On this week’s “Between the Tackles” podcast, the NFL Network analyst and former Patriots fullback told NESN.com’s Michaela Vernava that Rex Ryan and Co. not only made themselves the laughingstock of the NFL, but they also revealed the team’s true colors.
“They just showed the true loser mentality of what they are,” Evans said. “I mean they beat a third-string quarterback and they acted like they won the Super Bowl. It never surprises me, and it’s sad because there’s probably very few people who have more respect for Rex (Ryan’s) defensive mind, but his teams have never been able to be disciplined and mentally tough.”
The victory was Ryan’s first regular-season win at Gillette Stadium and just his fifth all time out of 16 against Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Still, Evans believes the Bills’ celebrations didn’t fit the accomplishment.
“You won a Week 4 game in Foxboro,” Evans said. “Congrats. It’s the first time you’ve done it since Doug Flutie. Hooray for you. As a competitor, you beat a rookie quarterback that wouldn’t even have been active if things were as they should be and yet they don’t have the mental capacity to realize that the win wasn’t all that big and that they’re a 2-2 football team that played like crap the first two weeks.”
Having played in the NFL himself, Evans had some insight into how the Bills’ actions likely were perceived by other former players.
“Acting as they did, it was just very telling,” he said. “I think any competitor that’s ever played in this league probably somewhat laughed or scoffed at it.”
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