Never discount the power of an idiot comment. Especially when it comes from a football team you are set to play in a few days. For the Dolphins, the New York Jets have opened their mouth quite a bit this week giving the Dolphins more than enough bulletin board material. If the Dolphins didn’t have motivation enough to beat the pants off their division rival, words from Rex Ryan, Aaron Maybin, and LaRon Landry are supplying the Phins with more than enough reason to beat down their rival.
The weeks started off with Rex Ryan telling the media that Reggie Bush needed to apologize for his “hot sauce” comments after he was knocked out of their first meeting back in week 2. Bush implied that the Jets were out to hurt him. Ryan takes issue with that notion. He may want to rethink that after two of his defenders made comments indicating they would do exactly that. Again.
LaRon Landry believes that his comments are “getting in the head” of Reggie Bush and that the hit Bush took from him in week 2 will leave him playing scared from getting hit again. Landry has vowed to hit Bush harder and as often as possible this go around. Following those comments with “within the rules”. Aaron Maybin was far more direct.
Maybin has made it clear that the Jets defense are indeed out to knock Reggie Bush out of the game. It is their goal. Period. Maybin says they will do whatever it takes “legally” to get him out of the game on Sunday. With the weather expected to be windy and rain, the running game for both teams will play a huge role in the outcome and thus the legs of Reggie Bush and the tactics used to knock him out by the Jets will prove to be a hot topic.
One thing is without question. The referees need to be made aware of these comments and watch for anything bordering on illegal. The NFL likely has taken note as well and they too will be watching. However, that will not impact the game. What the refs do or do not do will. While the Jets continue to run their mouths, there are two possible scenarios that will come from it. One, the Dolphins will use it to bolster their desire to kick this teams ass or two, the Jets’ words will create more often than not a few personal foul calls against the Dolphins.
If players like Ritchie Incognito and Jake Long view the Jets Dline as playing dirty or taking cheap shots on Bush, you can bet that more than enough fights will break out on the field and flags (for the first time the NFL will use pink flags in support of breast cancer awareness month) will be thrown often. If the Dolphins can maintain their poise, the Jets may find themselves on the receiving end of the pink. If the Jets can’t take out Reggie Bush, look for them to try and take out rookie QB Ryan Tannehill instead.
This game has a lot of implications for the season and the Dolphins are trying to win their third game in a row while the Jets are playing after a tough loss to the Patriots last weekend. Rex Ryan has stated that the Jets will “empty the tank” against the Dolphins on Sunday, he may want to empty some of the BS that is falling out of the mouths of his defenders.
For the record, Aaron Maybin has one tackle this year, so far. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey put a foot on the proverbial throat of Maybin by saying he would need to play on punt block to say anything to Maybin. An indication that Maybin only plays on ST’s. He said that Maybin isn’t on the field enough to get to Reggie.
Sunday’s game kicks off at 1:00 pm.