KONRAD'S "FRIEND"

Rob Konrad doesn't have a big fan in Bryan Cox, but that's quite all right with the Dolphins fullback. The feeling is quite mutual.<P>The two traded more verbal jabs Wednesday, four days before their teams meet at Pro Player Stadium.<P>

Cox said before the Jets and Dolphins faced each other for the first time last season that Konrad "couldn't block his way out of a paper bag."

On Wednesday, Cox was asked about those comments.

"Ain't nothing to it," Cox said. "He' all right. He can catch the ball and stuff. I just don't feel like he can block. I've said that always. He's very versatile. He can do a lot of things, but when it comes to blocking I just don't think he should get credit because he doesn't want to block."

Cox was then asked if he planned to talk to Konrad on Sunday. His reply? "Yeah, that's my girlfriend."

Not surprisingly, Konrad was asked for his reaction to Cox's comments. And he was more than happy to oblige.

"I don't put all that much credibility into what Bryan Cox has to say," Konrad said. "If you look at the games from last year, I actually played very well against him.

"He's going to talk his talk. He's trying to get people fired up. It is what it is. He is what he is. I'll just leave it at that."

But Konrad actually didn't leave it at that.

He had more to say about Cox.

"I'm sure he's trying to get into everybody's head here. He makes comments about everybody. I can sit here and shoot off about Bryan Cox, about he's unathletic and he's a marginal player, but you know what? It's unprofessional. He can say what he wants and I'm going to leave it at that."

Konrad's blocking helped Lamar Smith rush for 155 yards when the Dolphins faced Cox and the Jets last October at Giants Stadium.

"We ran the ball up and down the field on them. I guess he's going to continue to shoot his mouth off.

"He talks all game long. If he played as well as he talked, he'd be a great player. He does a lot of talking on the field. I dont really pay attention to anybody. The value of the words coming out of his mouth usually aren't worth listening to."

It should be a lot of fun to watch Konrad and Cox go head-to-head on Sunday. The only question is whether Konrad will be healthy enough to play. He missed last Sunday's game against the Rams because of an ankle injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots.


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