War of Words Escalates

This weekend's game between the Dolphins and Jets is becoming more and more must-see TV each day, with Dolphins players firing the latest shots on Thursday. Center Mike Pouncey, in particular, didn't mince words when talking about outside linebacker Aaron Maybin.

Maybin, a backup with one tackle on the season, made headlines on Wednesday when he made this comment about Reggie Bush: "We want to knock him out, but we're out to do it legally."

Bush, of course, left the first meeting between the Jets and Dolphins on Sept. 23 with a knee injury late in the first half.

Some Dolphins players, including Kevin Burnett and Anthony Fasano, wanted no part of publicly addressing Maybin's comments, which he tried to back down from on Thursday, but Pouncey didn't hold back.

"I don't even know why Aaron Maybin is talking," Pouncey said. "He's done nothing in this league to even open his mouth. I don't even want to talk about him. He's a joke."

But Pouncey did talk about Maybin. And talk. And talk.

When asked whether he planned to say something to Maybin on Sunday, Pouncey came up with this zinger: "If he's in there, I guess we'll say something to him. ... If he's in there. ... I'd have to be on punt block to say something."

Maybin actually wasn't the only Jets player to make controversial comments about Bush this week.

Another was safety LaRon Landry, whose hit was the one that knocked Bush out of the game back in September.

"He will remember that hit," Landry said. "Every time he sees me, he will remember that hit."

Pouncey said he didn't have as much of an issue with that comment because of the source.

"I respect LaRon Landry; he's a great football player," Pouncey said. "He's going to make a lot of plays. He plays hard. I can understand it from him. But Aaron Maybin? It makes no sense."

Other Dolphins players reacted to Maybin's comments, although no one else took a shot at the former first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills.

"That wasn't cool, but I'm sure the offensive line will take care of that," said defensive tackle Randy Starks. "We'll protect our own guy. It's a brotherhood in here, so if something happens, you can expect some retaliation."

Guard Richie Incognito said Maybin's comments were simply part of a heated rivalry.

"We hear all the talking, we understand that's part of Jets week," Incognito said. "The great thing about this game is all the talk stops on Sunday."

Not surprisingly, Coach Joe Philbin declined to criticize Maybin or his comments.

"I'm concerned more about our team, our players," he said. "It's a free country. They can say what they want."

That certainly applied to Pouncey on Thursday, as he offered his explanation as to Maybin's motivation for the Bush comments.

"I think it's just him just wanting to get his name get said in the NFL," Pouncey said. "I think that's all it is. ... He's not even going to play enough plays to touch Reggie. So his comments are irrelevant."

As far as Cameron Wake was concerned, the bottom line was that all the words won't mean much come Sunday.

"At the end of the day, I've never heard talk win a football game or lose it," he said. "It all happens between the shoulder pads. It has to happen on Sunday."

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