If the Cleveland Browns meet the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs, the highlight may be the post-game handshake between the two coaches.
The relationship was strained last week when Bill Belichick of the Browns took potshots at Marv Levy of the Bills for suggesting the Browns faked injuries to slow the no-huddle offense Monday night.
Levy has made the suggestion in the past about other teams, including the New York Giants when Belichick was the team’s defensive coordinator.
Belichick replied: “I think that’s a bunch of garbage. It’s hard for me to have respect for Levy for saying that. It’s demeaning.”
It’s almost unheard of in the NFL for one coach to publicly criticize another coach’s ability, but Belichick even did that.
“Here’s a guy offensively who came in and tried to run the Wing-T offense in Kansas City. That was brilliant,” he said.
Belichick then noted how the Bills went back to the no-huddle at half-time of the Carolina game two weeks ago.
“The best thing he did was turn the offense over to Jim Kelly in the second half of the Carolina game and against us,” he said. “There’s a guy, Jim Kelly, who can run an offense and move an offense. Unfortunately, he (Levy) didn’t call more plays against us, like he did against Carolina. I would much rather go against him than Jim Kelly.”
Levy responded: “I don’t want to keep the kettle boiling on it. He said he has no respect for me. I don’t care if he respects me,” Levy said.
Perhaps Levy can remind Belichick that it was the Bills that won the Monday Night contest in Cleveland, 22-19.
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