New York Jets backup linebacker Aaron Maybin spun into damage control this week, claiming he never intended to suggest that New York wants to injure Reggie Bush to the point that he needs to leave Sunday’s game.
Regardless of his intent, Dolphins receiver Davone Bess and other teammates said Friday that’s not the type of comment you would ever hear coming out of Miami’s locker room.
“That’s not our style,” Bess said. “We play between the lines, not in front of the cameras.”
Brian Hartline gives Maybin the benefit of the doubt about his intent, but said those types of comments “should be discouraged. You have quality individuals on this team. We understand that’s not part of a makeup of a winning team.”
“We let our play do the talking,” safety Reshad Jones said.
To refresh: Maybin told New York writers this week that the Jets “want to knock [Bush] out of the game, but we’re out to do it legally.”
A day later, Maybin said what he meant was “We have to stop the run and that means eliminating Reggie Bush. However people want to take that out of context, that’s fine.”
Before hearing Maybin’s clarification, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey responded to Maybin’s initial comment by calling him a “joke” and “one of the biggest busts in NFL history.”
Pouncey said coach Joe Philbin didn’t scold him for his comment. But when Philbin walked through the locker room with the media present Friday, he smiled and said: “Anybody talk to you today, Mike?”
When Pouncey said no, Philbin joked: “Don’t be a big baby.”
Receiver Marlon Moore said Philbin told the players “to express yourself carefully.”
Asked if he told his players to stop the back-and-forth exchanges through the media, Philbin said Friday: “I just reminded the team why we’re all getting on a plane [Saturday] at 12:45…. You have a responsibility to one another to play as well as you can, coach as well as you can… That’s what we’re going to New York for. All this other stuff isn’t really related to the game.”
He also “reminded them it’s a team game. ‘I’m going to do this… or that’ – that’s not how we do business.
“But there’s no edicts,” Philbin added. “If we have to get these bold proclamations of, ‘Don’t do this...’ I don’t like coaching in ‘Don’t, don’t, don’t.’ If you have to do that all the time, you’ve got the wrong guys. It’s not going to work.”
Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall (back) was listed as out for the Jets game. Safety Jones (heel), linebacker Koa Misi (hamstring), running back Daniel Thomas (concussion), defensive end Cameron Wake (neck) and defensive back Jimmy Wilson (ankle) are probable.
Jets linebacker Bart Scott, who has played in 119 consecutive games, was listed as doubtful, as were Jets’ defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis and running back Bilal Powell. Center Nick Mangold, running back Joe McKnight, defensive tackle Sione Pouha, tight end Jeff Cumberland and defensive back Eric Smith were listed as questionable.
• Receiver Jabar Gaffney was inactive his first two weeks as a Dolphin and said coaches haven’t told him if he will play Sunday. Philbin also remained non-committal.
• Jones said he has improved because he has learned how to study film and “I’m recognizing formations before they happen. You can play better when you can anticipate plays. I’m becoming more of a pro.”
Said defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle: “Reshad is making the right decision more and more often. He’s got a lot of the qualities that you look for in today’s safety because he can play the run very effectively and yet he’s a good cover guy and he has blitz skills.”