New Bills linebacker wasn’t backing down from his inflammatory comments about the Patriots, and he backed up his words by doing something he didn’t do last year.
Spikes showed up for the first day of the Bills’ voluntary workouts, proud to back up his big talk about his old team.
“Everybody got a theme. You gotta respect that,” Spikes said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “I got a big mouth, I talk a lot of trash. I feel like I can back it up. … If I can get in a guy’s head, I’ll take advantage of it. . . .
“You’ve seen a lot of the greats do it, with Floyd [Mayweather] and [Muhammad] Ali. I’m not saying on their level, but hey they personally might use it the same way. For me, it just gives me that edge.”
The Bills could stand a little edge, after taking beatings in the division on a regular basis. So that might be why coach Doug Marrone was on board with the decision to bring Spikes in on a one-year deal.
“I like his personality,” Marrone said. I have no issues at all with his personality. . . .
“I don’t have any issues when players say what they believe and what they really feel is in their hearts. As long as its being productive, productive for the team.”
Of course, if Spikes can help the Bills beat the Patriots more than once a decade, such talk might seem more substantive.