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Report: Dolphins cut Crowder

Jets head coach Rex Ryan carries a box

Jets head coach Rex Ryan carries a box of tissues into his press conference at the team's training facility. He discussed his crying during a recent team meeting. (November 18, 2009) Credit: John O'Boyle / The Star-Ledger

Well, Rex Ryan won't have Channing Crowder to kick around any more ... or vice versa.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins have released the veteran linebacker, who wasn't shy about going after Ryan with some zingers in the media the last two years.

Crowder, no stranger to the microphone, regularly chided Ryan for running his mouth about how good he thought the Jets were. 

"I don't know this Channing Crowder,'' Ryan said during his first season as the Jets' coach. "All I know is that he's all tatted up, so I guess I ought to be nervous about him. The other thing is I think he's wrong because I do think you win in June. I think you win with your preparation and all that kind of stuff. If I was younger, I'd probably handle him myself.''

Said Crowder in response: ''Oh, Lord have mercy,'' Crowder. "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?''

As for the notion that Ryan would ''handle him myself'' if he was ''younger,'' Crowder said: 

''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.''

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