Dolphins say Bills’ Jerry Hughes head butted a coach

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A skirmish broke out on the Dolphins’ sideline during Sunday’s game against the Bills, and a Miami coach took a shot that some Dolphins say was cheap.

It’s hard to tell exactly what happened on the video, but Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes appeared to stick his facemask into the forehead of Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi. Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake said that’s what he saw.

“Whatever edge they need — head-butting our coaches — if that’s what they’re trying to do, by all means,” Drake said.

Rizzi did not talk to the media about the incident. Hughes could face a fine, as could several other players involved in the altercation, which began when Bills kicker Dan Carpenter hit Dolphins returner Jakeem Grant on the sideline and then stood over him afterward. There were no penalties called despite several players pushing and shoving on the sideline.

52 responses to “Dolphins say Bills’ Jerry Hughes head butted a coach

  1. As a Buffalonian, and a life long Bills fan, I’m embarrassed to what has become of our team under the leadership of Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan.

  2. “If Hughes head butted a coach, he should be disciplined, but Rizzi should have stayed away from that scene. He looked like a fool”

    You can tell Rizzi was trying to keep more players from getting involved.

  3. I hate both teams, so in my impartial opinion it looks like the ST coach was intent on picking his own fight 10 feet away from the actual fight, Hughes bumped into him, and the Dolphins coach was mainly upset that his plan of milking another 15 yards out of the ordeal didn’t pay off and all he got was a helmet in the face.

    Also worth pointing out is the fact that Dan Carpenter was the same guy complaining about cheap shots just a few weeks ago. And if the Bills actually wanted to make a point they should have played better and won the game.

    Again. Impartial here.

  4. the officiating was terrible and Hughes is a punk. And Carpenter should worry about not hitting the uprights instead of hitting someone out of bounds. So glad he is not in Miami the guy blows!

  5. and it was a clean and legit hit because the returner may have stepped out but he turned up field and kept running as he was hit. No attempt to slow down or give up on the play. Watch the replay again and again. Nothing wrong with the hit other than the loser got jacked up by the kicker.
    Besides you won the game… grow up

  6. “If Hughes head butted a coach, he should be disciplined, but Rizzi should have stayed away from that scene. He looked like a fool.”

    Stay away from his own sideline? Dude, he’trying to have his players from getting penalized. That’s a classless move by Hughes but what can you expect from a Rex Ryan Led team?

  7. torero71 says:
    Dec 25, 2016 7:16 AM
    “If Hughes head butted a coach, he should be disciplined, but Rizzi should have stayed away from that scene. He looked like a fool”

    You can tell Rizzi was trying to keep more players from getting involved.
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    If that’s the case, he should have focused on the Dolphins and not the Bills. He’s not the coach of the Bills and most Bills have no clue who he is. He’s lucky that he didn’t get hurt. Hughes could have hurt him. That was a tap and that’s why he didn’t get hurt.

  8. I saw Coach Rizzi shove Bills safety Corey Graham and that’s when Jerry Hughes took exception and got in the coaches face. I wouldn’t call it a head butt. However you could tell by Jerry’s body language and the look in the coaches eyes that Jerry made sure to let him know what was going to happen to him if he put his hands on a teammate again…

  9. Didn’t watch this or any other game except the Pats as usual these days but reading the article and comments it seems like –

    Obvious taunting no penalty

    Obvious fighting no penalty

    Head butting a coach no penalty

    Yet other games we see tiny infractions nowhere near these drawing penalties for taunting, unnecessary roughness and similar things.

    Once again the officials are a total and utter incompetent joke, that’s what I take away from this.

  10. Even with Tyrod having the game of his life and the Dolphins playing with their backup QB and 5/11 of their defensive starters injured, the pathetic Bills came up short.

    Where now are all the Bills fans who were trolling the article about all the Dolphins injuries saying we’d be doomed at the Ralph?

    Heck, Rizzi could’ve put a helmet on and gashed the Buffalo D himself. They’re awful.

  11. Is it 17 years now that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs? That’s a pretty long time for their fans to still be talking trash. Hate to call them sore losers but those shoes look like they fit.

  12. beachsidejames says:
    Dec 25, 2016 9:53 AM
    Is it 17 years now that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs? That’s a pretty long time for their fans to still be talking trash. Hate to call them sore losers but those shoes look like they fit.
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    Precisely. No team in the league has a longer playoff drought. They even edge the Browns by 3 years on that one! Buffalo last made it in 1999, Cleveland in 2002.

  13. If it were me, I wouldn’t run my mouth and get in the face of a man bigger than me, who’s wearing a helmet.

  14. Lol at a 6’5 kicker hitting the smallest player in the league and trying to flex afterwards. Especially after a 40 yard return.

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    Its the kicker bro. Its still embarassing

  15. Playoff game victory droughts {per Googgle}
    Team Last playoff game win Seasons Since Win
    Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 25
    Buffalo Bills 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 21
    Cleveland Browns 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 19
    Miami Dolphins 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 16

    So Miami fans you are proud of your record? 16 years without making the playoffs?!?

  16. jmdanieli says:
    Dec 25, 2016 10:45 AM
    Playoff game victory droughts {per Googgle}
    Team Last playoff game win Seasons Since Win
    Detroit Lions 1991 NFC Divisional Playoffs* 25
    Buffalo Bills 1995 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 21
    Cleveland Browns 1994 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 19
    Miami Dolphins 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs 16

    So Miami fans you are proud of your record? 16 years without making the playoffs?!?

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    Maybe it’s because you don’t know how to spell Google, but Miami was last in the playoffs in 2008 when they won the AFC East under Sparano. Bills and their fans can’t even win an argument.

  17. george1859 says:
    Dec 25, 2016 6:36 AM
    As a Buffalonian, and a life long Bills fan, I’m embarrassed to what has become of our team under the leadership of Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan.

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    Look on the bright side…

    It’s not that much different than before.

  18. “but Rizzi should have stayed away from that scene. ”

    It was the dolphins sideline though. Hes a coach, he has all the right to be in there

  19. beachsidejames says:
    Dec 25, 2016 9:53 AM

    Is it 17 years now that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs? That’s a pretty long time for their fans to still be talking trash. Hate to call them sore losers but those shoes look like they fit.
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    Going on 17 years since a fish playoff victory, tough guy. Suck on that. Make sure you are front row for the dismantling of all your hopes and dreams next weekend. I predict a miserable 2017 for you, starting with another Patriot super bowl. Happy holidays.

  20. Fins running back Ajayi ran for over 200 yards 3 times this year. Two of those times was against the Buffalo Bills running right over Jerry Hughes.

  21. You mean like the dismantling the Broncos did of the Patriots in the only game that mattered last year?

  22. Appreciate the kind words from the Patriots troll. Something your not going to ever have to worry about is anybody making the mistake that you are a tough guy.

  23. “Maybe it’s because you don’t know how to spell Google, but Miami was last in the playoffs in 2008 when they won the AFC East under Sparano. ”

    Lolz he doesn’t even realize the search was for years since a playoff victory, not a playoff appearance.

    As a Pats fan I miss the Dan Marino days. Those games were always hard and they were never ever over until the last second ran off the clock. Didn’t matter how far down the Fins might be in a given game, Marino never gave up and played his rear end off all 60 minutes. You could never relax until the game was over and the Pats escaped with a W.

    Made the division more fun.

  24. dlw492 says:
    Dec 25, 2016 7:19 AM
    Rizz is one of the most respected coaches in the organization- why do you think he has lasted three different coaching staffs
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    No idea, the Bills have sucked for so long you would think they would clean house.

  25. I was at the game and I have proof he did it because I turned on my camera to take video once scuffle started. It knocked Rizzi backwards slightly.

  26. Miami is the luckiest team to get into the playoffs I’ve seen in a long time. They have like 3 net points, they needed a miraculous come back to beat.. the Rams was it? And then the Niners take them down to the FINAL PLAY OF THE GAME while everyone else beats them by 14+. I will give them credit for making the necessary plays to win the games, but at the same time they gotta be thanking their opponents for all the horrid play calling, missed field goals, and timely penalties that made this “magical” streak possible. Be thankful Fin fans, you have a very mediocre team that is sneaking in to the playoffs. As evidenced by yesterday’s game, you are basically a lucky version of the Buffalo Bills.

  27. dlw492 says:
    Dec 25, 2016 7:19 AM
    Rizz is one of the most respected coaches in the organization- why do you think he has lasted three different coaching staffs

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    What exactly is required to be one of the most respected coaches on miami’s staff? The ability to tie your shoes on the second try?

  28. To say the Fins have had some luck on their side of winning their last 9 out 10 games is not an unreasonable statement. Fact is they haven’t clinched any playoff spot yet and playing with a back up at QB with the 11-2 Patriots coming in to play next is not going to be any easier. Broncos win tonite and the Fins will have their hands full next week.

  29. I say we call 5-minute majors on both teams and play short handed; 10 on 10. Well it looked like hockey! Let’s treat them the same way!

  30. Too bad he didn’t head butt Rex Ryan. Maybe that would knock some sense into him.

    Glad to see Ryan once again coaching a losing team. Wouldn’t want to see him ruin the streak he’s been on. Heh heh.

    Yesterday was a great day in the NFL. The Packers walloped the Vikings, the Seahawks spit the bit when they had the game won, and Rex Ryan lost another big game. It doesn’t get much better than that!

  31. Dolphins coach should have been ejected for pushing Corey Graham. Punk. Reminds me of Jet’s coach who tripped a player running down sideline. Don’t tell me he’s a well respected coach. He’s a punk for pushing Corey Graham out of nowhere.

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