Poyer & Hyde vs. The Media

Buffalo Bills DBs Jordan Poyer vs. Micah Hyde
Buffalo Bills DBs Jordan Poyer vs. Micah Hyde
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NFL Week 14 -  


JERRY SULLIVAN: "40 years since a team has won a game running the ball that many times and passing that few times. Is that embarrassing?"

MICAH HYDE: "What are we doing, bro?"

JORDAN POYER: "I mean what kind of question is that?"

JS: "It's a question. The nation's going to be criticizing you, calling you soft, is it embarrassing?"

JP: "I think we allowed seven points? 14 points?"

MH: "14-10? Was that the final score?"

JP: "We made stops when we had to. They had one big run. They've got good backs. They kept coming back to a couple runs. I don't know how you want us to answer that question."

MH: "That's funny. We'll remember that. I'll remember that."

—An exchange between reporter Jerry Sullivan of The Niagara Gazette and Buffalo Bills safeties Jordan Poyer and MIcah Hyde following Buffalo's 14-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

"This is respect. It's all about respect. I come here every single week and answer your questions truthfully, honestly. I appreciate you guys. Don't do that. Don't do that."

—As Poyer and Hyde leave the press conference, Hyde had some choice words for Sullivan.

"In my day, players answered that kind of question."

—Sullivan's response. (Thad Brown, RochesterFirst.com via Twitter)


"Yeah, it was actually crazy. I think he was like 3 or 4 yards deep into the end zone. And shoot, I only needed to get a yard or a centimeter in to score. So, to see him so far off? I knew it was gonna be a good play. I just didn't know what was inside of me."

—Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown on the Minnesota Vikings secondary giving him such a large cushion on the final play of the game. St. Brown would eventually catch the game-winning touchdown to give Detroit their first win of the season. (Benjamin Raven, MLive via Twitter)

REPORTER: "Chase, why celebrate the first down there late? Obviously cost your team a few seconds."

CHASE CLAYPOOL: "Definitely got to be better. I got tackled near the hash, did my little first down point, and went to hand the ball to the ref. He had just got there, so even if I got right up and looked for him, he wasn't there. So he ran down the field to come get the ball. Ball got knocked out of my hands. That's what cost us time. But I definitely have to be better. I knew the situation. I know I'm near the hash, I know the ball's placed on the hash. I need to be better and the ball shouldn't get knocked out of my hands."

—Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool answers question about his ill-timed celebration after completing a fourth-and-1 catch on the final drive of the Thursday Night Football game. While down eight, Claypool caught a pass on Minnesota's 35-yard line to keep the drive alive. Claypool celebrated the first down, then has the ball knocked out of his hand by Trai Turner in an effort to set the play up faster. Chase was downed with 37 seconds on the clock, and the ball was spiked for the next play with 24 seconds remaining. The Steelers would go on to lose 36-28; the last play of the game was an incomplete pass on first down at the Vikings' 12-yard line. (Dejan Kavacevic, DKPittsburghSports.com)


"Just hats off to the offense, really. Everyone, probably besides Mac. He really didn't do nothing besides hand the ball off."

—New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon congratulates everyone but quarterback Mac Jones on a job well done following the team's win in Buffalo. New England ran the ball 46 times while throwing just three passes. (NBCSports Boston Patriots Coverage via Twitter)


"I don't think he gets enough appreciation for how consistent his teams have performed."

—Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart praises Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban for maintaining a dominant program year-in and year-out just before Alabama handed Georgia its first loss of the 2021 season. (Bryan Curtis, The Ringer via Twitter)


"I mean it just happens, it's part of football. Luckily enough, our defense is playing good enough that whenever they happen, they're able to get stops and get turnovers or whatever it is and not let it impact the team. But you understand that turnovers are a huge part of this game. Our defense is getting a lot of turnovers and winning that turnover battle."

" I'll try to limit them as much as possible, but at the same time I have to be me and continue to throw the football and give guys chances to make plays."

—Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes ownership over the number of turnovers the Chiefs offense has generated this year. Kansas City is currently second in the league with 23 giveaways, and Mahomes has already tied his career-high for interceptions with 12. (ProFootballTalk)


"I'm a lot like Tua, I can throw 2-yard passes to the left."

—New York Giants safety Logan Ryan said he's available as an emergency quarterback if the Giants were to need one in the future, comparing himself to Miami Dolphins starter Tua Tagovailoa. Ryan played quarterback in high school. (Zack Rosenblatt, NJ Advance Media via Twitter)


"Nobody wants that label. I'm sure none of them want to say, 'Oh yeah, I'm an option guy.' It's sexier to say, 'I'm an RPO guy.' But I don't know that, really, we're a whole lot different."

—Army Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken says that he sees a lot of core offensive principles he implements as a coach in many modern college football offenses. However, because Army's offense is labeled "triple-option" and not "RPO," they don't get the same level of credit. (The Athletic)


"That's my hope. My hope's not to just fulfill it. Hopefully I get to play here for 20 years in my career. Will that happen? I don't know, but that's my prayer, that's my hope."

—Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson refutes any claims that he's looking to waive his no-trade clause this offseason, doubling down by saying he wants to play in Seattle for 20 years. (Gregg Bell, Seattle Times)



—Not much in the social department this week, so here's Eli Manning almost beating Kevin Durant in Pop-A-Shot.


23 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2021, 1:10pm

2 I started reading FO partly…

I started reading FO partly for the analytics (which was in its infancy in the early 2000s), but mostly because I was starting to realize what trash the sports media mostly is. Sullivan is emblematic of that; I have no respect for him or that style of "journalism".

5 Saying "in my day" is a…

Saying "in my day" is a tacit acknowledgement that things have changed but the speaker is unable or unwilling to do so.

It also potentially has racial undertones when an old white man is telling young black men that they need to be more compliant and deferential when potentially insulting questions are asked.

13 it's also bullshit

30 years ago Sullivan would have gotten the same response.  And also 30 years before that.  

He insulted the players and pretended that "people will be saying' makes that OK.


15 That exchange is…

That exchange is representative of why certain segments of old school sports media absolutely suck. The "people are saying" gambit is such an absurd and tired tactic.

18 Why should the speaker change?

Why is any question now considered a lack of respect?  Why is it an insult to be asked what most Buffalo fans are thinking?  Isn't that how old white man Donald Trump used to react to potentially insulting questions from young reporters of color?  Everything seems insulting when you're trying to hide embarrassment.  What is the purpose of interviewing players after a game?  To blow smoke up their asses?  They LOST.  The relationship between the players and the press has changed, and it has clearly changed for the worse.  I can't wait to see how much 'disrespect' they get this weekend after the Bucs torch them.  

22 I'd ask every sports…

I'd ask every sports reporter if they're embarrassed by Sullivan.

"Are you embarrassed when somebody in your profession, being in a rather privileged position of having direct access to the players, uses that valuable time to provoke rather than garner information?"

23 Sullivan

He's not racist, but he's definitely there to get under the players' skin with stupid questions. It's probably why he hasn't been employed at The Buffalo News for some time.

3 Scoring

"We had a chance to beat a very good NFL team. We held the Patriots, who average 27 points a game, to 14. We did our job. Next question."

6 I'm not sure if I would have…

In reply to by dolanp53

I'm not sure if I would have gone that far, because that sounds like they're throwing the Bills' offense under the bus, which is especially unnecessary when the game was played in ridiculous weather conditions. I think Poyer and Hyde played it pretty well.

4 Demaryius Thomas

I know the news of Demaryius Thomas's death broke within a day of this being published, but I'm a little surprised there's nothing about it here.


From Payton Manning, as reported by ESPN:

"DT was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player," Manning said. "That tells you how good of a person he was. He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate's charity event. ... Absolutely devastated."

7 Age 34. He was reportedly…

In reply to by dmb

Age 34. He was reportedly experiencing seizures. The obvious question is whether his death is related to head trauma over his playing career.

8 Demaryius Thomas

I agree. FO needs at least an Extra Point about this.

DT was the most dangerous receiver of the most dangerous receiving corps of the most dangerous pass offense of the decade. And it sounds like he was a great teammate, too.

He was an asset to the sport, and will be missed.

16 Wish I saw this one earlier…

Wish I saw this one earlier. The news broke while I was writing this on Thursday night, but there wasn’t anything immediately available from former teammates. Thank you for sharing this. Rest In Peace DT.