Three players on the New England Patriots were fined for doling out some heavy hits on the Buffalo Bills last week, with Brandon Spikes unsurprisingly receiving the largest fine that was totaled at $25,000. Why? You guessed it. For that hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick that was clean, no matter what names Fitzpatrick tries to call Spikes. I mean, you would think Fitzpatrick would worry about actually not throwing a game-sealing pick, because high interception totals are one of the reasons why his team (namely GM Buddy Nix) has given up on him. And for good reason. It took them enough picks and a bad contract to realize that Fitzpatrick is not the answer.
Anyway, I don’t want to go too far on my soap box here. I said “unsurprising”, because we all know that the NFL is pretty incompetent when it comes to doling out punishments when a vicious linebacker like Spikes hits a QB who later complains about it like Fitzpatrick. It doesn’t even matter if the hit was actually deserving of a fine or not; it’s all about protecting the QB. Spikes has been fined for the second time this year.
Jerod Mayo actually deserved his $10,000 fine for a late hit on C.J. Spiller that also drew an unnecessary roughness flag, and it occurred when Spiller was already out of bounds. Rookie CB Alfonzo Dennard was fined $7,900 as well.
I will never agree with the league’s decision to give such a whopping fine to Spikes, and Fitzpatrick needs to learn from the “enigmatic” (evidently he has more sense than the Harvard grad) Stevie Johnson who said that the hit was part of the game. He even opened up the quote by saying “It is what it is”. I love Johnson, and he constantly bails out Fitzpatrick. He also destroyed Darrelle Revis once last year, which is yet another reason why Johnson is my favorite AFC receiver who does not play for the Pats.
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