Brandon Spikes Blasts New England
It has never been the ‘Patriots Way’ to voice your feelings or complaints towards the team to the media. That’s not a problem for former Patriot linebacker Brandon Spikes anymore as he’s moved on to the division rival Bills. It’s only now that Spikes isn’t holding back on his feelings towards his former team.
Prior to New England’s first playoff game last season, the franchise abruptly put Spikes on season-ending IR. Spikes is still upset about it, and claims he wasn’t injured.
“I know I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report,” Spikes said Monday during a radio interview with WGR in Buffalo. “That’s just how things go there. Almost like what happened with [Aqib] Talib and his hip. That was just from the labor throughout the season, man. It was just — you know how it is — it’s a tough 16 games. All I needed was rest and rehab.”
The injury at that time was said to be concerning his knee, but reports indicated that he wasn’t expected to miss any playing time. Later, reports would follow saying that the Patriots put Spikes on IR because he was late to a team meeting due to snow. According to Spikes and his agent, the decision was not mutual.
Upon Spikes and the Bill coming to terms on a one-year deal last Friday worth $3.25 million, he was asked to talk about his time with the Patriots.
“I wouldn’t say happy. It’s always great to start over and get a re-up and have a fresh start somewhere,” Spikes said during the interview. “Somewhere you’re wanted, where people love you there and they’re excited about you being there. It’s just great to be somewhere I’m wanted — that was the whole thing for me.”
Another issue Spikes has now brought to light with him out of New England is the refusal of his old team to play him on third down situations.
“I played on it if they gave me the opportunity and I delivered when I was out there,” he explained. “Obviously we went to the Super Bowl and I had one of the best games on third downs even though we lost. That whole entire season when I was given the opportunity and play on third down, I delivered. You asked the question about the packages, I was in all of them on third down. I don’t know what happened, but I guess I just couldn’t cover out there for a few years. I don’t know, that’s what they said. Like I said, that’s in the past and now I’m just here to change all that. Prove people wrong if that is what they’d like to say.”
Now that he’s got it all off of his chest, let’s see what he can bring the Bills defense. We’ll also be looking forward to some great divisional match-ups, and will wait and see whether Spikes is welcomed back fondly to New England on the visitor’s side.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance Asst. Site Manager Austin Peat @PistolPeat187