Marcel Louis-JacquesESPN2 minutes of reading
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tyreek Hill added another chapter to his complicated relationship with New England Patriots fans Sunday night, calling them “some of the worst fans in the NFL.”
The Miami Dolphins wide receiver was asked after his team’s 24-17 win what it was like to wave goodbye to the home crowd, and he didn’t hold back.
“It was awesome, man,” Hill said. “These fans are some of the worst fans in the NFL. And I’m going to stand by that; they’re really nasty. Some of the things they said, I wouldn’t say in church. So yeah, it was great. wave goodbye to the fans and I’ll do it again . Goodbye.”
It wasn’t Hill’s first run-in with Patriots fans. A man at Gillette Stadium was charged with disorderly conduct in 2018 after he threw a beer at Hill after his 70-yard touchdown while still a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. The man was also banned from future events at the stadium.
After posting 215 yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches in Week 1, Hill finished Sunday’s game with 40 yards and a touchdown on five receptions as the Patriots looked to eliminate the deep pass threat. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, New England had five or more defensive backs on the field for 32 of 61 snaps – 17 of which featured six defensive backs on the field.
Hill said he wasn’t concerned by the Patriots coverage, but praised Christian Gonzalez, saying the rookie will be a “really good player” in this league.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead, but a missed field goal late in the fourth quarter gave New England an opportunity to tie the game. Miami forced a turnover on downs to seal the win.
Hill, a three-time All-Pro, said he was proud of the Dolphins’ win, which moved Miami to a 2-0 lead in the AFC East.
“It feels good, man. It always feels good to beat probably one of the greatest coaches of all time,” he said, referring to New England’s Bill Belichick. “To come here in a tough environment, to win a game like this on Sunday night, it feels good – especially the way this team played, the way they battled through adversity.”
“It just goes to show that if you put in the work mentally, physically and come into this game prepared, you’re going to be prepared for those situations.”