Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde bristle over question on Bills defensive performance

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Buffalo Bills safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde were irked by a question in their post-game press availability following Monday night’s 14-10 loss to the New England Patriots.

The Patriots attempted just three total passes with two completions as windy conditions made throwing the ball a difficult task. The three passes thrown by the Patriots are the second-fewest in the Super Bowl era behind only the two passes attempted by the 1974 Bills in a game against the New York Jets.

That serves as the context for the question that led to the frustration. Via TSN Sports, local Buffalo reporter Jerry Sullivan asked the duo about whether they were embarrassed that they lost a game when their opponent completed just two pass attempts.

“Does that embarrass you?” they were asked.

Said Poyer: “What kind of question is that?”

Said Hyde: “What are we doing, bro?”

The Patriots rushed for 222 yards on 46 total carries on the night. They allowed a 64-yard touchdown to Damien Harris in the first quarter that accounted for a large portion of the yardage gained for the night. New England gained 158 yards on their other 45 rush attempts on the night.

“We made stops when we had to. They had one big run. I mean, they’ve got good backs,” Poyer said. “They kept coming back to a couple runs. I mean, I don’t know how you want us to answer that question.”

“That’s funny,” Hyde said. “We’ll remember that. I’ll remember that.”

The Patriots gained just 11 first downs to the 16 of the Bills. The only had two drives all game where they gained more than a single first down, both of which resulted in field goals. They only allowed one touchdown and 14 total points on the night.

Hyde and Poyer seemed to believe the query was an unfair assessment and indictment of their play against New England.

Hyde said it’s something he won’t forget.

“It’s respect. It’s all about respect,” Hyde said as he was leaving the room. “I come here every single week and I answer your questions truthfully, honestly. I appreciate you guys. Don’t do that. Don’t do that.”

20 responses to “Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde bristle over question on Bills defensive performance

  1. They ran it like 32 times in a row, and u can’t stop them at home, this pretty much puts the knife in the coffin to win the AFC East, to be fair the offense didn’t help much with like 12 snaps in the red zone and one TD, our run game is below average at best, lots of missed opportunities, bullied in the trenches nearly all night, sad.

  2. Jerry Sullivan is the rare hometown beat reporter who seems to genuinely relish when the hometown team loses.

  3. Pats fan, and Hyde is right. Tough loss, and a stupid question. They played a hell of a game, in brutal conditions. Those two fellas threw themselves at much bigger men for hours, and never backed down. Nothing but respect for both teams.

  4. NFL is a game of confrontation. Don’t be surprised if some of them are confrontational. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  5. I felt bad for the guys; they had good reason to be classless.
    Having been smoked by the Pats, and knowing it will happen again in 3 weeks when they will be battling the Dolphins just for a wildcard spot. . . it must be frustrating!
    Everyone believing you are Superbowl bound, and then being exposed like that. Geez, give them a break! I mean, Josh Allen isn’t the greatest QB, but man, that team would have nothing without him!
    I hope Poyer gets the help he needs in time for the offseason next month.
    Great game, Bills!

  6. They should be embarrassed. They’re the #2 defense in the league, they knew New England was only running the ball and still couldn’t stop them. Their one year run atop the AFC east is over.

  7. I thought it was poor to ask those questions. I was happy to beat the Bills but had no desire to seem them trolled in pressers afterward. Its not like the Bills were bad in that game, any team would have struggled in those conditions and the Bills did still put up a good fight, just the Pats having the same struggle put up a better one.

  8. Translation: Yeah, thats pretty embarrassing, but what can you do, the team in the other locker room has owned us for 20 years.

  9. “That’s funny,” Hyde said. “We’ll remember that. I’ll remember that.”

    Oooohhhhh he’s going to “remember” that mean ol’ reporter. That’ll show him!!!!

    There is a level of mental softness underneath the bluster of the Bills players. Tampa will hand their heads to them and they’ll come to Foxboro reeling and desperate. Not a good state to face the Pats in.

  10. “Embarrassed” is a loaded word, and a leading word. The reporter was trying to provoke a certain reponse, and he got it. (If he wasn’t trying to provoke a certain response, then he was sloppy, phrasing his question that way.) Buffalo’s defense didn’t lose this game.

  11. The reporter probably could have phrased the question differently, but come on. The Pats ran the ball at you, and kept running the ball at you, and after the first qtr it became obvious that running at you all night was the game plan, and your “D” could not stop them. This game was about the sheer will to win and dominate the man in front of you, and your “D” got dominated. So fair question.

  12. I’m not exactly sure what some of you expect. Sure, Buffalo “knew” the Pats were running all game, but what, you expect them to stuff the run every single time? Defenses know what coming all the time and that doesn’t automatically translate to stopping the play. The Pats won by 4 points and people are acting like it was a blowout.

    The Buffalo D played well and only gave up 14 points. The bigger issue was that the offense only scored 10. Asking defensive players if they were embarrassed is just an unnecessarily hostile question. Again – 14 points. No, that’s not embarrassing, even if the Pats were running almost every play. Talk to the offense, don’t blame this on the D.

  13. If you listen to the audio it’s pretty obvious the reporter was just trying to provoke a reaction like this. His trolling succeeded and now he’s in the news just like he wanted to be.

  14. The Buffalo D played well and only gave up 14 points. The bigger issue was that the offense only scored 10. Asking defensive players if they were embarrassed is just an unnecessarily hostile question. Again – 14 points. No, that’s not embarrassing, even if the Pats were running almost every play. Talk to the offense, don’t blame this on

    Keep viewing your team through rose colored lenses. They gave up 222 rushing yards and if not for a N’keal’s punt mistake and that BS out of bounds personal foul your team wouldn’t have scored any points. The D played well is the funniest thing I’ve read all day. Your D is undersized and easily pushed around, Bill B has owned you, so much so that they should change the name to Bills Buffalos.

  15. If a defense gives up 14 points and their team loses, can you really blame the defense?

  16. Bills vaunted defense got steamrolled, and it was fun to watch the Daboll offense piloted by the fluttering choke artist QB, stall out twice in the red zone at the end of the game.

    Who was he even throwing that last pass to, during the jailbreak blitz by NE? Allen was mentioned as an MVP candidate earlier this year. MVP of what actually?

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