Wow. This Rex Ryan-Channing Crowder war of words is really getting interesting.

In fact, it's downright hysterical. At least for now.

First, it was Crowder suggesting a few days ago that Ryan's preseason bravado was a bit over the top. Then it was Ryan, who yesterday said if he were a younger guy, he'd think about beating the Craphonso out of Crowder. And now Crowder has fired back at Ryan, saying he'd have "beat the hell out of that big older joker."

Crowder also took issue with Ryan saying he hadn't heard of the Dolphins' inside linebacker.

''Oh, Lord have mercy,'' Crowder told the Miami Herald's Jeff Darlington last night, after relaying the gist of Ryan's remarks earlier in the day. "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?''

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Crowder on Ryan's suggestion he'd have fought him if the coach were a few years younger.

''He says he'd take care of me if he was younger?'' Crowder said. ``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.''