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Ryan Fitzpatrick on Brandon Spikes: He’s a punk at times

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Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes earned the ire of several members of the Bills for a hit on tight end Scott Chandler in the first meeting of the year between the two teams and the bad blood has not gone away after Sunday’s 37-31 Patriots win.

Spikes drew a roughing the passer flag for a fourth quarter hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick that left Fitzpatrick without a helmet. Fitzpatrick was able to avoid injury and stay in the game, but he still had some harsh words for Spikes after the game.

“We’re not going to back down from anybody. Spikes is an emotional player,” Fitzpatrick said, via Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. “I think he’s a punk at times. He took a cheap shot at Scott in the first game, and he was doing a lot of jabbering and talking and getting out there. Not one of my favorite players. Not high on my list.”

Bills center Eric Wood called Spikes, who will likely hear from the league this week, a “headhunter” who was trying to take Fitzpatrick out of the game. Since the two teams have already played twice, the Bills would need to get to the playoffs for a chance to pay Spikes back this season.

That means they will probably need to put their anger away until 2013 since the 3-6 Bills are likely done once the season reaches Week 17.

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54 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick on Brandon Spikes: He’s a punk at times”
  1. brenenostler says: Nov 11, 2012 6:07 PM

    The Gailey/Fitzpatrick regime is also likely done at the end of the season.

  2. cover200 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:14 PM

    Can’t lead with your helmet. Not sure why there was so much confusion about the call. Then he flexes his right arm after the shot to the back of the head that knocked Fred Jackson out.

  3. northerntanned says: Nov 11, 2012 6:14 PM

    The hit above looks like their face masks got caught and that was the reason Fitzpatrick lost his helmet.

  4. nesuperfan says: Nov 11, 2012 6:17 PM

    That picture does not look like headhunting to me. It looks like the facemasks are certainly touching, but it is not like he lead with the helmet.

  5. nflrule says: Nov 11, 2012 6:19 PM

    Brandon Spikes:Fitzpatrick is a QB at times!.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:23 PM

    He really is a punk though. He’s slower than Methuselah in coverage, and he’s constantly head hunting. For him to do that (subtle, but caught on camera nonetheless) celebration after he realized that he had knocked out Jones — was bush league.

  7. billsboy88 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:24 PM

    No mention of him taking a shot to Freddy Jackson’s head? It knocked him out, then he celebrated.

    I think he’s a punk too.

  8. flash1283 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:25 PM

    cover200 says:
    Nov 11, 2012 6:14 PM
    Can’t lead with your helmet. Not sure why there was so much confusion about the call. Then he flexes his right arm after the shot to the back of the head that knocked Fred Jackson out.

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    That crap, He did not lead with his head on the hit on Fitzpatrick his head was straight up there facemasks each other .what else is he supposed to do?

  9. horaceivory says: Nov 11, 2012 6:26 PM

    There was helmet to helmet contact, so a penalty in today’s game, but hardly a head-hunting shot. I imagine Spikes will take the two wins from Buffalo and get over them being mad at him.

  10. cylondetector says: Nov 11, 2012 6:27 PM

    Spikes plays on the edge and has already made his share of pea-brained plays in his young career.

    This, however, wasn’t one of them.

    Not sure why Fitz is being such a b*tch about the whole thing – he flinched and crouched as Spikes hit him (as clearly shown in the pic above) – this is why their helmets collided face to face.

    Oh, and nice clutch play at the end Fitzy.

  11. fran021 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:31 PM

    The helmet came off because Ryan hit the ground. Spikes was two feet away. Tighten the chin strap, Ryan.

  12. profootballwalk says: Nov 11, 2012 6:33 PM

    Funny how you only ever get this talk from the losing locker room.

  13. tedmurph says: Nov 11, 2012 6:35 PM

    Spikes did not lead with his helmet, he actually pulled his head back slightly on the hit. It looked worse than it was because Fitzgerald’s helmet fell off after he hit the ground. If the fact that Spikes wants to blow someone up every play and/or get a turnover, he’s the kind of ‘punk’ everyone wants on their team. This guy is not a dirty player. Harrison was, Mankins can be, but not Spikes.

  14. EJ says: Nov 11, 2012 6:37 PM

    Brandon Spikes is a punk. I think half of the Nation wanted to knock him in his teeth after seeing him flex after he hit Fred Jackson in the head. I wasn’t as worried with the hit on Fitzpatrick, Fitz is one tough a-s QB. Fitzpatrick got up, looked Spikes in his face and told him “Fu-k Y-u”. If it wasn’t for the few bad calls that favored the Home team, Buffalo would have went back to Orchard Park with a W instead of an L. The Bills sure did look better than where the Nation has them ranked. Go Bills!!!!

  15. j0esixpack says: Nov 11, 2012 6:42 PM

    Yeah. And no Buffalo player has ever targeted Brady

  16. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 11, 2012 6:47 PM

    He’s not a head hunter.

    There is no point for the Patriots to try and knock any starting QB out of the game. Whoever comes in will play equally as well against their secondary.

  17. cover200 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:50 PM

    And Vince Wilfork was hitting QBs long before the Brady-no-hits-below-knees rule was implemented

  18. patriotinvasion says: Nov 11, 2012 6:52 PM

    Hey…I love having a player on the Pats that plays a little nasty. We need more of them.

    Pats fans remember #37…he didn’t make many friends out there but was a massive contributor to back-to-back Super Bowl champions. Spikes has a little Rodney in him and I like it.

  19. jpb12 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:53 PM

    Thanks Harvard.

  20. footballdog says: Nov 11, 2012 6:54 PM

    I am very confused, as many kids learning the game today will be. This looks exactly like what they are showing in the “Heads up” football commercial. He’s not leading with his head, they are face to face!

  21. CKL says: Nov 11, 2012 6:54 PM

    I don’t mind Fitz getting in Spikes’ face after the play, but I’m not on board with complaining to the media about it. It sounds especially sour after losing.
    I do agree the Bills got rooked on about 3 other calls for sure though.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:00 PM

    The helmet came off because Ryan hit the ground. Spikes was two feet away. Tighten the chin strap, Ryan.

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    What say you about the clear helmet shot on Fred Jackson?

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:00 PM

    And the celebration afterward?

  24. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:06 PM

    Sore losers, they’re mad because they’ve been the most disappointing team this year!

  25. eddraves says: Nov 11, 2012 7:06 PM

    Why on earth would anyone target “Picks”Patrick? The guy is awful. He makes most Buffalonians miss JP Lossman

  26. catquick says: Nov 11, 2012 7:09 PM

    It’s extremely I characteristic for Fitzpatrick to get so exercised about a hit. He’s never done it before that I know, so, I’ll take his word for it hat it w a cheap shot. He’s not a short pants earring crybaby like Brady.

  27. cereal blogger says: Nov 11, 2012 7:09 PM

    How about this, play CJ Spiller…he’s your best weapon

    And yes, Spikes is a dirty player there is already a lot of evidence of that…he was dirty in college & nothing has changed

  28. liquidalfa says: Nov 11, 2012 7:13 PM

    I remember when he eye gouged a Georgia player in college. Seems like he’s got a history of being a punk.

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:16 PM

    Patriots fans flooding in giving thumbs down.

  30. dtjano says: Nov 11, 2012 7:16 PM

    One thing Spikes isn’t is a good football player. Pats lbs were awful today. Good thing Gailey is the Bills coach.

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:24 PM

    Did this dude just cite Harrison, the dirtiest player of his generation?

  32. bullcharger says: Nov 11, 2012 7:28 PM

    Give me a break. I don’t know what he says on the field, but Spikes hits hard a cleanly almost always. The hit on Fitzpatrick was barely illegal. They tapped helmets face to face, but Spikes leg knocked of his helmet after the tackle. Nothing that dramatic and nothing different than any other game. As for the hit on Jackson, the guy is a runner. That’s perfectly fine good hitting. If a guy hits hard that makes him a good player, not a head hunter.

  33. bullcharger says: Nov 11, 2012 7:34 PM

    Can’t lead with your helmet. Not sure why there was so much confusion about the call. Then he flexes his right arm after the shot to the back of the head that knocked Fred Jackson out.

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    When you hit a guy cleanly and cause a fumble, that’s what you do. Show me where it says not to tackle a running back in the head. Players do what ever is allowed.

  34. vincentbojackson says: Nov 11, 2012 7:47 PM

    Nobody will accuse Spikes of playing on a good defense.

  35. dtjano says: Nov 11, 2012 7:58 PM

    If Brady was hit like that the ref would be instructed to execute the player immediately.

  36. axespray says: Nov 11, 2012 8:02 PM

    “a “headhunter” who was trying to take Fitzpatrick out of the game.”
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    wouldn’t that just help the bills thou?
    Like saying, “We need to take Alex Smith out of this game!” ….. that’d just help the 49ers.

  37. grogansheroes says: Nov 11, 2012 8:02 PM

    The Spikes hit on Chandler was cheap. The hits in this game were not.

  38. flakeybiscuits says: Nov 11, 2012 8:07 PM

    he may not be the greatest QB in the league, but i love this dudes tenacity and attitude

  39. finhead says: Nov 11, 2012 8:09 PM

    Typical Gator

  40. geniusfan says: Nov 11, 2012 8:22 PM

    “If Brady was hit like that the ref would be instructed to execute the player immediately.”

    Brady doesn’t really ever get hit like that because his O-line is great at pass blocking and his pocket awareness and mobility is second to none in the NFL so the point is moot.

  41. billsfan1 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:29 PM

    Typical gorilla

  42. kacapaco says: Nov 11, 2012 8:37 PM

    Fitz is being sore loser.

  43. thebigtim2012 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:39 PM

    Clean football hit

  44. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 11, 2012 8:44 PM

    Whoa Whoa Whoa, Are there really Pats fans on here defending Spikes? Um, Tom Brady gets tapped on the shoulder and the laundry comes flying! It was a foul, there is 0 debate. He will be fined, and there should be no complaint. Buffalo got punked by the Refs more than Spikes, they were playing against NE and the Refs the first half. Fitz played a heck of a game and unfortunately doesn’t get the benefit of having another phase of the game bail him out like Brady or any other top-flight QB does. If Gailey would have stuck with the run last week, we would have won that game, I think we can pull out the wins we here in Buffalo thought we would in the second half of the season, and maybe be in the talk of Post-season math come week 16 and 17. Anybody who thinks the Pats owned this game and were dominant throughout obviously didn’t watch the game and will have a rude awakening come time to play a team marginally better than the Bills they saw today.

  45. jrfrom508 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:45 PM

    Spikes is a beast. Fitzy got himself caught in the crosshairs. Wasn’t the first time Spikes laid timber. Won’t be the last.

  46. kacapaco says: Nov 11, 2012 8:56 PM

    Their face masks tangled. Not head hunting hit. Fitz is frustrated and is letting it go on spike.

  47. TheWizard says: Nov 11, 2012 9:04 PM

    Are there really Pats fans on here defending Spikes?

    Nope. Just glad he’s on my team. This D needs somebody with an edge to them.

  48. notagainbuff says: Nov 11, 2012 9:29 PM

    Hey geniuses, helmet to helmet contact on the QB in a penalty

  49. Drummond says: Nov 11, 2012 10:04 PM

    It was Jackson’s choice to bend over, helmet first for several running steps in a clear attempt to spear his upcoming tackler with his helmet.

    A lot of RBs do this. He just got the worst of the deal this time around.

    Jackson hit Spikes as much as Spikes hit him.. and Spikes clearly hits him with his shoulder.

  50. diealreadyralphwilson says: Nov 12, 2012 12:24 AM

    Drummond get real, rbs stumble forward all the time.

    Shoulder or not celebrating when somebody has a head injury is classless.

  51. ginofelino79 says: Nov 12, 2012 7:42 AM

    Bills fans are the worst…you won’t even have a team soon…get passports ready to go north. Fitzgerald is terrible and Pats dominated you and went into a soft shell at end. Good teams make good plays at end. Tell Mario we missed him…that was money well spent..baaaaaahaaaaaa

  52. wiley16350 says: Nov 12, 2012 8:18 AM

    I’ll agree that the muscle pose after the Jackson hit was classless. But the hits themselves weren’t dirty. The hit on Fitz was barely illegal and nothing worth crying about. Ultimately, the only reason the Patriots are better than the Bills is because of Brady. If you switched Brady and Fitzpatrick, the Patriots would be losers and the Bills would be winning the division. That last throw by Fitz was a losers throw. The Bills should have won that game, the Patriots defense is horrible and Fitz gave them a gift.

  53. gimmeabruschi says: Nov 12, 2012 9:15 AM

    catquick says: Nov 11, 2012 7:09 PM

    It’s extremely I characteristic for Fitzpatrick to get so exercised about a hit. He’s never done it before that I know, so, I’ll take his word for it hat it w a cheap shot. He’s not a short pants earring crybaby like Brady.

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    I don’t remember Brady ever crying like a baby to the media about any hit like Fitz is.

  54. rushmatic says: Nov 12, 2012 11:52 AM

    cover200 says:
    Can’t lead with your helmet. Not sure why there was so much confusion about the call. Then he flexes his right arm after the shot to the back of the head that knocked Fred Jackson out.

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    I could be wrong, but when Spikes flexed, it wasn’t yet clear that his injury was a concussion.

    Not my favorite moment for Spikes, but I will say that I love how he plays. He hits hard, he plays BIG, and he’s a leader on that defense. His presence alone makes a difference. Talk all you want on the field, too.

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