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More trash talk than a rubbish symposium

6/10/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- And now it's time for your daily AFC East smack update.

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Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder took another verbal run at New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, who on Tuesday called out Crowder for calling him out about calling out New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

It all started when Ryan told New York sports-radio station WFAN he didn't take the Jets job to kiss Bill Belichick's rings and wasn't intimidated. Crowder interjected -- if this were hockey he'd get a game misconduct for third man into a fight -- that Ryan should shut up because you don't win anything in June.

Ryan suggested he didn't know who Crowder was, but if Ryan were younger, he would fight Crowder. And that you do win by preparing in the offseason.

"Oh, Lord, have mercy," Crowder told Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington. "What's wrong with him? Now he's talking about preparation? We play them twice this year. If he wants to be prepared, shouldn't he know the starting middle linebackers of his division rival?

"He says he'd take care of me if he was younger? I'd have beat the hell out of that big old joker. Or if he really wants to get retro, my daddy or my uncle could have handled him. Don't get big. Win with preparation? Start watching some tape and learn who your rival is. Come on now."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked what he thought of the entertainment Ryan has brought to the AFC East.

"I have a lot of respect for Rex, what he did in Baltimore, the defense his team has played," Belichick said after Wednesday's minicamp session. "We've always had great battles with the Jets. So I'm sure that will continue. It's a good rivalry. They beat us up here last year. They kind of got the last punch in on that one.

"It's a new year. Right now we are more focused on Buffalo than any other team in the division because we open with them [Sept. 14], but we know we are going to have to deal with Miami and the Jets as well, and we have a lot of respect for all those teams."

Not exactly a Joey Porter-style throwdown, but that's how the Patriots roll.