Reggie Bush and the Miami Dolphins had heard enough of the New York Jets, so they let their play on the field do the talking.
After a week in which Jets players ramped up the trash talk, promising to hurt Reggie Bush and the Dolphins, it was instead Miami the left the Jets hurting. The team outmuscled the Jets all game, harassing quarterback Mark Sanchez and dominating on special teams.
In winning the game 30-9, the Dolphins not only delivered a message to the Jets, they also kept themselves in the thick of an AFC East race that’s suddenly wide-open with the
As ESPN reported, Reggie Bush didn’t have a huge impact on the stat sheet, but his tenacious play set the tone for the Jets. Early on in the game, he delivered a crushing stiff-arm to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, then talked a bit of trash to the Jets defender. Cromartie let his temper get the best of him then, shoving Bush and awarding the Dolphins an extra 15 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.
The animosity between the teams dates back to their first meeting in September, when Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wanted his team to put “hot sauce” on Reggie Bush, interpreted as wanting his team to hurt the player. Bush was taken out of the game with an injury, but the Jets lost star cornerback Darrelle Revis as well.
After the game Bush said it was karma that Revis was hurt, a sentiment that didn’t sit well with the Jets. Before the game Rex Ryan said he wanted Reggie Bush to apologize for his “what-goes-around-comes-around” comment from Week 3, The Associated Press noted. This week several Jets players, including backup linebacker Aaron Maybin, called out the Dolphins and Reggie Bush in particular.
In the game this week, the Dolphins won not only with the running of Reggie Bush, but a standout performance from backup quarterback Matt Moore. Filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill, Moore threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano. The Dolphins also excelled on special teams, blocking a kick and blocking a punt they returned for a touchdown.
“It was very satisfying for us, as good as it gets,” Bush said. “We wanted to have the opportunity to jump on them early and we accomplished that. Once we got them down early, I thought that was it.”