Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Dolphins' O-line responds to Junior Galette
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- The sting from Monday’s 38-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints remained with the Miami Dolphins a day later. But Miami's offensive line, in particular, wasn’t thrilled by recent comments made by Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette.
Following Monday’s game, Galette ripped Miami’s big men up front, using words such as “weak” and “abused” to describe the Dolphins’ offensive linemen. The Saints' defense forced four turnovers and had four sacks in the win. Galette had two tackles and a sack.
“He didn’t really do much,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey scoffed. “Anybody can go and say what they did. But the film don’t lie. It’s simple. ... I guess he’s the best defensive player in the NFL.”
Jonathan Martin, Miami’s left tackle, said he won’t think twice about Galette unless the two teams play again this season in the Super Bowl.
“I don’t care what he says,” Martin said bluntly.
Things became chippy between Miami's offense and New Orleans' defense in the second half. That’s when Galette claimed Monday night that the Dolphins’ offensive line began trash talking when they were down by 25 points.
Pouncey and Martin have a different recollection of the events.
“He started the trash talk. So that’s on him,” Martin said.
Added Pouncey: “They didn’t start trash-talking until they were up 25. So what’s the difference? That’s not part of our game. We’re not trash talkers. We’re just playing football. Guys don’t like when you play through the whistle.”
Either way, Miami did lose the battle of the trenches Monday and must improve. However, Galette could have been much classier in victory.