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Trio of New England Patriots defenders fined

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05:04 PM ET 11.16 | 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 totaled $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 his team 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.

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November 16, 2012  05:28 PM ET

Didn't know NE had Defenders?

November 16, 2012  05:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't know NE had Defenders?

Fire Dat Musket Baby!!!

November 16, 2012  06:23 PM ET

I totally agree with the post. However, as a Patriot fan, I'm a little uncomfortable complaining about the NFL pampering QBs.

November 16, 2012  06:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I totally agree with the post. However, as a Patriot fan, I'm a little uncomfortable complaining about the NFL pampering QBs.

It's a quarterback driven league so I get what the NFL is trying to do, they're just doing it poorly.

November 16, 2012  06:55 PM ET

I wish the Pats D had more players with Spikes attitude.

November 17, 2012  01:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't know NE had Defenders?

** They need to learn how to tailgate better IMO.

November 17, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't know NE had Defenders?

Hell nobody knew the Pats has defenders

November 17, 2012  09:37 AM ET

I am trying to figure out what the NFL wants. Perhaps the defense should have laser tag guns and the QB the recepters. when the second receptor turns red he is sacked.

November 17, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Maybe the league is making up for the pass interference call against Buffalo that sailed through the uprights.

November 17, 2012  12:38 PM ET

" I mean, you would think Fitzpatrick would worry about actually not throwing a game-sealing pick, because his team 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. "

The writer is suggesting that a QB shouldn't throw an interception because his team has given up on him? I can think of lots of reasons to avoid interceptions, but that isn't one of them.

And what does the QB's contract and interception nubers have to do with Spikes being fined?

November 17, 2012  12:39 PM ET
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" I mean, you would think Fitzpatrick would worry about actually not throwing a game-sealing pick, because his team 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. "The writer is suggesting that a QB shouldn't throw an interception because his team has given up on him? I can think of lots of reasons to avoid interceptions, but that isn't one of them.And what does the QB's contract and interception nubers have to do with Spikes being fined?

nubers = numbers, sorry

 
November 17, 2012  06:44 PM ET

Tommy Boy is da Pats best Defense! Go Tommy Go!!!

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