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The first half of the first Dolphins-Jets game was looking great for Reggie Bush, as he had 10 carries for 61 yards.
But then Reggie Bush got hurt, forcing him to miss the rest of the game. The injury itself was just another freak play where someone got hurt, and in the end it wasn't serious enough for Bush to miss any more games after the first Jets-Dolphins game. There was nothing dirty or malicious about the play itself, but what came after it sparked emotions on both sides.
I'm not going to get into the "hot sauce" comment or everything that came after, however what does seem a bit off is the tone that some of the Jets players have taken and some of the words used this week. It does make Rex Ryan look bad that after he asked Bush for an apology for his "what goes around" quote about Revis (a quote that in full shows Reggie explaining that seeing Revis get hurt was "sad"), his players still managed to say things like this (per ESPN):
"We want to knock him out, but we're out to do it legally," said by linebacker Aaron Maybin.
"Every time he sees me, he will remember that hit, If I'm in the box or I'm going downhill, he'll remember that hit," said by LaRon Landry, even though the hit itself was completely incidental. Landry would also add this gem: "If I get penalized, I'm not going to stop head-hunting, I'm not going to stop the way I play."
Two of these quotes could actually be seen as threats, especially since in New Orleans we saw players and coaches suspended with one coach losing his job and likely his career partly due to saying very similar things (video NSFW).
Reggie's reaction to these quotes however would have you believe that he's very likely taken them with a grain of salt (via The Journal News):
Retaliation? They’re the ones who started this. If there was ever any retaliation, it would come from us. But this team and the caliber of guys and the character we have are guys who play with respect for the game and play hard. It’s football. I didn’t go and complain or whine about being a target of the Jets. I expect that every game. I don’t expect for it to be any different this game. I expect it to be a tough game, probably some trash talking going on. It’s going to be a physical, tough game. It’s a divisional opponent. That’s the great thing about playing divisional opponents. You get to play them twice. It’ll be fun this time around.
Reggie understands that the best retaliation for the Dolphins is to simply win the game. Whether they win or not however will be up to Bush. He can't afford to have a performance resembling his game against St. Louis in Week 6, but rather he will have to be a key factor.
He should be one, as the Jets have had major difficulty stopping the running game. In their last meeting not only did Bush run well prior to be knocked out of the game, but Daniel Thomas ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Lamar Miller ran for 48 yards on nine carries.
The Jets are ranked 30th in the NFL against the run, allowing an average of 147.7 yards per game. Perhaps knocking Reggie Bush out of the game is their only hope on Sunday, because they haven't had much success stopping the run yet, and it looks like this is a trend that will continue as the season goes on.