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Channing Crowder Come Out On Top, Puts a Stop to Buffet Of Words

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 4:  Linebacker Channing Crowder #52 of the Miami Dolphins sets for play against the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL Wildcard Playoff Game at Dolphins Stadium on January 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Brant HoughtonContributor IJune 11, 2009

 

Finally, the battle has been put to rest, at least for now. Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder has put to rest the "war of words" between New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, and Crowder.

 

Crowder had this to say about the media battle. ''This is over,'' he said. ``I'm done with this victory. I'm going to save the head coach the embarrassment of arguing with an opposing player to the media. We play twice this season, so we'll see who the better team is then.''


Could this sudden stop in the feud be an order from up top? Most likely, yes. General manager Jeff Ireland said when asked about the subject: "It's about playing football, that's what I know," and later saying when asked if the front office indeed had told Crowder to simmer down, "That's a clubhouse thing," Ireland said. "I'll deal with that myself."


It sounds like the Dolphins are trying to now enforce their idea of how football should be played on Crowder. This is a good idea. Ryan has taken the battle of words way too far. When you say that "you have met tougher people going to a fight", you have now taken it too far. Crowder was merely responding to the comments that Ryan made. That is just the type of guy that he is. That is why the front office and head coach Tony Sparano let this get to this point, because they figured that for one, it would never get to this point, and that Crowder would not be the same guy if he didn't respond to Ryan. 


This was perfectly played by the Dolphins, and now, have made Ryan look like a fool. The only sad thing about this comedy in the media, is that the Dolphins and the Jets do not meet again until October 12, which would be Week 5. Oh yeah, the game will be hosted on one of NFL's biggest stage's, Monday Night Football in Miami! Maybe by then Ryan will know who his rival's are, and exactly who plays for them. 

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