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Mike Pouncey on Aaron Maybin: 'We'll be after him'
The back-and-forth between the Jets and Dolphins continues in advance of Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium. This time, it's Miami center Mike Pouncey taking more shots at Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin, who said earlier in the week that the Jets will be out to get Dolphins running back Reggie Bush.
Pouncey already pooh-poohed Maybin's comments, saying they were unworthy of a player who is mostly on special teams and rarely in the team's regular defense. He continued the verbal jousting in an interview on ESPN New York 1050 radio, telling hosts Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco that Maybin might just be a marked man.
At the end of the interview, per Sportsradiointerviews.com, Pouncey was asked if he had any final words for Maybin. He replied, "You can tell Aaron Maybin that we'll be after him on Sunday."
Pouncey said Bush hasn't said much about Maybin's comments earlier in the week, but he's certainly aware of them.
“He hasn’t expressed his feelings, but you can tell the way he’s practicing that he’s determined to go out there and play the best that he can play, and he’s determined," Pouncey said. "He has a chip on his shoulder, and he knows that we all have his back and we’re going to keep him safe out there on Sunday."
Pouncey said he didn't have any problem with some of Jets veteran safety LaRon Landry's comments about the Jets being physical with Bush, who sat out the second half of the first meeting between the teams after hurting his knee. Maybin? Not so much.
“I can respect LaRon Landry, what he said, because he’s a starter, he’s a proven player in this league," Pouncey said. "But for Aaron Maybin to open his mouth, I just don’t understand it ... I can tell you one thing, it’s going to be a physical game. And hearing that from a guy [Maybin] that was just known last year as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, to open up his mouth and say he’s going to hurt our starting running back? No, we’re not going to have that. So it’ll be a physical game.”
Pouncey also weighed in on how the Jets are using - or not using - Tim Tebow in their offense. Tebow has made only a handful of appearances on the field through the Jets' first seven games.
"I feel his pain,' Pouncey said. "Tebow’s a playmaker. And with playmakers you either start them or you don’t, because they’re not going to come in the game and play five plays a game and expect them to make magic. You gotta let him loose and make the plays that he’s always known to make. And he’s been doing that his whole career.”
Is Tebow misused?
"I do think that. … He isn’t going to be the prettiest passer, but he makes plays. If you put him in a situation to make a play, he’s going to make the play.”