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Bush explains Burnett-Gonzalez situation

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- We have a little more clarity in the Morgan Burnett-Tony Gonzalez situation that arose on Thursday night.

Shortly after the Green Bay Packers safety said in an interview that he never insulted Gonzalez or trash talked with the Atlanta Falcons tight end during last season’s game at Lambeau Field, there was speculation that Gonzalez may have meant Jarrett Bush rather than Burnett, who almost never covered Gonzalez during the Dec. 8 game.

Thanks to the magic of Twitter, Bush on Friday provided an answer in a series of tweets back and forth with yours truly.

@RobDemovsky @TonyGonzalez88 it started first series 3rd down Rob lol #funfact

— Jarrett Bush (@Jarrettbush) February 7, 2014

@RobDemovsky seriously all competition my man! Doesn't matter who it is! #competition #bigheart

— Jarrett Bush (@Jarrettbush) February 7, 2014

After reviewing the film, it’s easy to see what Bush was talking about.

On third-and-5 in the game's opening series, Bush was lined up in press coverage against Gonzalez, who was split out to the right. A few yards down the field, after Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed a pass to Roddy White for a first down, Gonzalez appeared to be frustrated with Bush’s tight coverage by throwing his arms up in the air.

While the television coverage followed the ball, a review of the coaches’ film on NFL Game Rewind showed that Bush and Gonzalez continued to engage in contact after the play.

Bush also explained that in a Tweet:

@RobDemovsky Naw. I told him he was a flopper, tryin to get a call. And some other words that were exchange. That is undisclosed! #GoPackGo

— Jarrett Bush (@Jarrettbush) February 7, 2014

Late in the game, Bush made two key plays. He broke up a fourth-down pass intended for Gonzalez with 1:55 remaining. On the Falcons’ next series, Bush ended the game with an interception with 4 seconds remaining to help preserve the Packers’ 22-21 victory. It was one of Bush’s finest performances of the season.