Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey spiced up Sunday's game against the New York Jets by humiliating Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin. Pouncey, rarely one to hold his tongue, even called Maybin "a joke."
This was all in response to Maybin telling ESPN New York about Bush, "We want to knock him out, but we're out to do it legally."
Pouncey, perhaps aware Maybin, a first-round pick by Buffalo in 2009, has one tackle this season and 36 tackles in his career, reacted swiftly.
"It makes us very mad," he said. "He's not even going to play enough plays to touch Reggie. So his comments are irrelevant."
There was more. Pouncey also said, "I think it's just him wanting to get known, to finally hear his name get said in the NFL."
Maybin's comments came one month after the "hot sauce" and "what goes around comes around" remarks that got both teams going.
Days before the Jets' 23-20 overtime victory over Miami on Sept. 23, New York coach Rex Ryan remarked they wanted to put some "hot sauce" on Bush. Ryan later explained he merely meant they wanted to pay him extra attention.
Bush drew the ire of the Jets when he coldly referred to the season-ending knee injury cornerback Darrelle Revis sustained in the game. Bush said "what goes around comes around," meaning the Jets got what they deserved.
Maybin said that was "a very unprofessional thing to say." Apparently that's what prompted him to crank up the rhetoric.
"We feel like we can kick guys' butts legally, in between the hashmarks," Maybin said Wednesday. "That's what we need to do against Reggie."
Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks, hardly one to trash talk, also took offense to Maybin's yapping.
"It's not cool," Starks said, "but I'm sure the offensive line will take care of that."
Tannehill likes the blitz
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who rates among the league's best passing against the blitz, won't mind if the Jets feed him a healthy diet of blitzes.
"I like the blitz," he said. "I think that if they're able to bring pressure, we pick it up and it opens up throwing lanes down field. They're short people in coverage if they're putting more people on their rush. That's why I like it."
Coach Joe Philbin understands why Tannehill thrives against the blitz.
"He's decisive," he said. "He makes a decision. He gets people on the same page and then you live with the decision."
Jets safety Yeremiah Bell said Tannehill is "poised and confident."
"He knows where to go with the ball," he said. "He's good at reading defenses, so he's doing a great job."
Keller a concern
Jets tight end Dustin Keller (seven receptions, 93 yards, one touchdown last week against New England) didn't play when the Dolphins and Jets played a month ago, but he'll be playing Sunday, and Philbin is wary.
"He's a threat, he's a weapon and they do a nice job with him," he said.
Starks, who missed Wednesday's practice due to a non-football/personal reason, returned to practice Thursday. Cornerback Richard Marshall (back) didn't practice and safety Jimmy Wilson (ankle) was limited.
Among the Jets' notable injuries, safety LaRon Landry (heel) didn't practice. Also not practicing were running backs Bilal Powell (shoulder) and Joe McKnight (ankle), defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (knee) and linebacker Bart Scott (toe).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times