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Dolphins douse Crowder while Ayodele burns

The Dolphins are going to do everything they can to keep the offseason jabbing between Channing Crowder and Rex Ryan from turning into a game week distraction as the Jets and Dolphins prepare to play for the first time this season.

You might remember that Crowder and Ryan went back and forth for about a week in the offseason about who should be considered the team to beat in the AFC East, and whether or not the division title went through Miami or New England or New Jersey.

Well, that issue is certain to arise this week, with the New York media being among the best at beating the drums on any subject of their choosing. Except the Dolphins have shut down the New York hacks on this one.

New York writers requested that Crowder participate in the Wednesday conference call going to New York. The Dolphins privately considered the request for a nanosecond before publicly and officially responding that Crowder is "unavailable."

The Dolphins, who warned Crowder to stop talking about Ryan and the Jets during offseason OTA days, have again warned the linebacker that the issue might come up this week if he talks to the Miami hacks, of which I am one.

So it will be interesting to see if Crowder finds other things to do during the open locker room sessions this week or if he finds himself "unavailable" for the South Florida media as well.

And even if he does show up in the locker room, it will be interesting if Crowder discusses the subject once he's asked. You must remember that coach Tony Sparano doesn't like distractions that might affect the outcome of the game. And the coach thinks an unidentified gnat flying around South Florida qualifies as a distraction that affects the outcome of the game.

So don't bank on fireworks from Crowder.

Interestingly, while the Dolphins were trying to stop the controversy from Crowder, they apparently didn't see an end run to the controversy by Miami's other ILB, Akin Ayodele. Appearing on the Ronnie Brown show Monday evening on WQAM, Ayodele went off on the Jets.

"Their head coach really blew the fire even more this offseason with Channing and both of them going back and forth," Ayodele said. "How does a head coach, why would you even try to go with word, you know battle a player. That to me doesn't make any sense, so yeah, the animosity is there, the hatred is there. You know there's no love.

"It will feel great once we put that whooping on them."

And then there was this from Ayodele, who is not a candidate to become Rex Ryan's new best friend.

"I seriously do not like him, I don't like their team, I just don't like the fact that he had the whole altercation with my boy [Crowder]. You can't out-talk Channing Crowder -- can't do it, I'm sorry. And I really think it does betwe the fire for this game coming up and it adds a little more to it."

Ryan, meanwhile, is likely to address the issue. He sort of did so already on Monday during his press conference when he was asked for thoughts on Crowder.

"Yeah, I hope he's thinking about me," Ryan said tongue in cheek. "I kind of forgot about that. God, that's something else we have to worry about -- Channing Crowder."

Lame, I know, but the Jets were coming off their first loss of the season. Ryan did suggest he'd be better on the topic later this week.

And why is this an issue at all, you ask?

Are you kidding? Where you living under a rock in June?

The genesis of the fun came when Ryan was talking about Bill Belichick and the Patriots and said, "I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings. I came here to win, let's put it that way ... I'm certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else."

Crowder, a very bright kid, believed Ryan only considered the Patriots as a team to worry about and that omitting the Dolphins was disrespectful.

"I know it's his first chance to be a head coach, and I know he's excited about life," Crowder noted. "But I've never played a football game in June in my life. So congratulations to him. He's the OTA Super Bowl winner."

And with that, it was officially on.

Ryan shot back.

"I don’t know this Channing Crowder," he said. "All I know is that he’s all tatted up, so I guess I ought to be nervous about him. If I was younger, I’d probably handle him myself."

And that opened Ryan to a full-on retort that, frankly, I thought scored major trash-talk points. 

"Oh, Lord have mercy," Crowder told this newspaper. "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?

"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."

Crowder's greater point was that the Jets, "didn't even win the division and now they're all talking about the [AFC East] goes through New England. That's what gets me bothered. I don't  care about that other stuff, but don't say the division goes through New England.

"It goes through Miami."

And Crowder still feels that way. If you read this blog regularly, you know that last week Crowder was asked if he felt differently about the AFC East and whether the Dolphins were still the team to beat based on their then 0-3 record.

That record didn't bother Crowder then and didn't change his opinion of how he feels.

"Same way," Crowder said. "When [Tom] Brady came back, everybody crowned the Patriots the champion. And then the Jets came and they're playing good ball and Rex Ryan crowned them the champions. We're the division champions right now from last season. Everybody thinks they're good. The Bill are playing good ball, they went to the wall with the Patriots. So it's a wide open division right now.

"Everybody's on the Jets, riding the Jets' bandwagon. In the beginning everybody thought Brady was going to come back and take them to the Patriots they were pre-[injury]. So everybody has their guess and their opinions of the AFC East.

"We want our piece of the pie. We want our bite of the apple."

You want the kicker to all this? As they now cannot speak with Crowder because he is "unavailable," the New York reporters will get their second choice on their conference call Wednesday. The Dolphins are scheduled to give the reporters a much tamer, more calm member of the team to interview via telephone.

Joey Porter.


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I just hope crowder is "available" to make a meanigful play.

Apparently Akin Ayodele is picking up the slack - see the Orlando Alzugaray blog over at your competitor. He took up the mantle during the Ronnie Brown show on WQAM Monday.

totally agree dolphindenny..everyone shut up and beat the jets!!

Yeah so Akin Ayodele,... started
Dumb, dumb, dumb....

Don't fuel this team because they are good, plus Rex Ryan's Defense handled us pretty good twice last year.

Be smart and focused,... I believe we can come out of this with a HUGE win (Lop-sided even). But we won't win squat if we lose our focus.

...and look for the same blitzing packages the Chargers threw at us,...

Bell and Wilson have to come away with BIG Games.


How is Joey Porter?, Will Wake Again Start? How is Henne Coming after the win? How is Merling knee?

Hahaha, great ending to the post... Joey Porter. Maybe the biggest trash talker in the NFL. Let Channing speak, man!

The greatest thing that could happen is for Channing to make a sideline play and "accidentally" run over that egotistical fat loudmouth pig Ryan...and by the way, you name your dog Rex, not your kid...

It is on. Whether Crowder is allowed to talk or not it is on. Joey Poeter being his stand-in is hysterical. And if we need another I am sure Jason Taylor has a few views on the Jets and their fans. Hahaha. Love it.

I'm sorry but this whole thing is incredibly childish. The coach shouldn't be talking smack to players through the media, the players shouldn't be talking to other coaches through the media, and the public shouldn't read ANY stories that have to do with this subject the entire week. The only ones innocent in this are the media. They know that these ridiculous back and forths sell their product because 95% of fans are complete morons and can't get enough of the "he said, she said" B.S. so why wouldn't they write about it. The game will be played and one of the teams will win and what is said during the week will have no bearing on the outcome whatsoever so who the F cares. This is the last story on this subject that I will read this week.

I wish it were not true but the similarity between Crowder and Ginn is the fact that they are both overrated. The difference is Crowder's mouth. If one of these jokers makes a few plays this monday night we just might beat the Jets. No breath holding here.

Mando - you don't often waste a column but . . . . . . .

who cares...beat the Jets! GO Phins! in search of a QB...

Joey porter!!!!! Hahaha

pobrecito sanchito

Victor...that wasn't Rex Ryan's defense last year..

Crowder is a douchbag who needs to learn how to tackle or next year he could find himself a Jet for real.

I just can't wait until Monday .....5 days to go. This is going to be a he'll of a defense contest.

Ok let's stop talkin s**t and make sancocho out of sanchez crowder needs to start making plays if u asked me he hasn't progressed since last year.

I hope our defence puts sanchez on his back all day. Let JT blitz from his original End spot. I love Porter but Wake is in the beginning of something special. Sorry, but Porter needs to start producing sacks or take another week off to rest that hammy.Wake will handle it.I really believe The Fins can win this Monday!!!

If Channing Crowder showed the fire on the field that he has towards Rex Ryan and Mike Florio, we'd actually have a decent defense.

I just hope crowder is "available" to make a meanigful play.

Posted by: Dolphindenny | October 06, 2009 at 05:33 PM

That says it all. Maybe we will get lucky and Gabril Wilson will be available to make a play as well.

Crowder's a douche.....so is Akin. I have a rad idea----make a play, tackle someone, pcik off a pass, and then mouth off.

"Wake is in the beginning of something special." by Finatic.

I agree with you dude. I hope we will see more of Wake's performance against the jets. Sanchito needs to get crushed. Like to see what they will do to handle our rushing attack. This trash talking should stop. Make plays like Emofinfan said then talk after the game. Hurt sanchito....oh yes

Honestly, I like Crowder. I think a little trash talking is ok. But seriously though, this guy needs to make a play. How many tackles does he have so far this year? Let's whop up on them Monday night then we can talk all we want.

Honestly, I like Crowder. I think a little trash talking is ok. But seriously though, this guy needs to make a play. How many tackles does he have so far this year? Let's whop up on them Monday night then we can talk all we want.

I think that crowder needs to live up to his trash talking. I like the guy and all but him porter and old Jason Taylor need to get some sacks or at least do something people said that they were gonna do, or crowder said they were gonna do.

Henne the Hero

Wake send qb to they wake

Crowder the Comedian

Gibril the Gerbil

Ronnie the Rabid beast

Ricky the Rhino

Joey Jaws

Vontae the Vulture

Ginn the Gutless

Bess the Best

Solai the Sumo

Go Dolphins!

carlito, you forgot wilson and fasano the fumble boy

I just want Akin or Channing or Cameron or Jason or Joey or Kendall or the other Jason or Phillip to make Sanchez...dirty.

Go Phins!

carlito, the names you picked are very good english words for these players.i am starting to think you are some one else .

Grove the Grunter

Fasano the Fumbler

Camarillo the Constant

Hartline the Hands

We need wilson Carlito.i can see some of these names sticking as the Fasano the Fumbler and Vontae the Vulture

time for my meatball sub with some cheese cake .

carlito, did you notice so many young QB GROWING A mustache lately .i think HENNE the hero will look cute in a mustache and w/ the new orange jersey .

if any one wants to see how orange football jersey looks like .now nfl channel showing a game where denver wearing orange jersey

Ryan is right about one thing, who is crowder? We actually have someone in the middle?

Carliot good job on the list of names. LOL

I like Fasano the fumbler. How about Wilson the woeful?

ok guys if you did no get it earlier wilson is

Gibril the Gerbil


Mustache is for the gay and the police. I don't care who cute, I care who win.

Players like Henne the Hero and Ronnie the Rabid Beast

I think we just need to shut the JETS up...I'm tired of Rex Ryan and the whole jets team.

Does anyone know why V Davis did the finger shhhhh to the Dolphin Fans after his pick six?Just wondring thought it was kinda weird.

Go Dolphins...it's a big win for us monday night.

LMFAO @ shaggy "who is crowder"


there were lots of annoying bills fan at game, maybe he was doing it to them.

the only player who has wright to talk is ronnie the rabid beast,he's an elite and as ace said who's crowder ?


when last time you grew a mustache ?

Oh that would make some sense...thanx Carlito.

How bout Ronnie the Brown Beast?

You talk smack after you knock the snot out of somebody not if you suck donkey D*** Crowder and catch wind all the time...

hey killer, go make me some tea

crowder has never made an impact play. hes just there occasionaly to make a tackle. we need pressure, safeties who can tackle, and an o-line prepared for any kind of blitz the jets have shown this year. ricky and ronnie will take care of the rest. marcus stroud is just as good as kris jenkins and he did nothing against us.

Dan Fouts, were only no. 2 at stopping the run right now, give me a break, it's not the MILB's Job to apply pressure to the QB, that falls on the guys up front, he's doin just fine anchoring this D

Jets crash with sanchito turnover machine driving and henne the hero on other side.

Unleash the Pezzy on them LOL.

Cameron Wake is doing a dirty sanchez Monday night

if it wasent a problem before well it is once more. good job mando starting more crap this team needs less of. i know no story so lets stir the pot.get the fans mad, while the team looks like trouble. motive speaker? you suck.

you know i think ronnie brown might be that new.............. Diesel named Desire

something else they should start doing with cameron wake is act like they letting him off the leash ...like they used too do with marco coleman ..... get him going a lil more add some flair to it ...but here in the no fun league that might be considered taunting somehow...oh well jus a thought

Like all writers, opps excuse me, hacks, Armando is doing a good job trying to, as Bob Marley would say, stirrrrrrrrrrr it up.

Both of them should shut up and go out there and butt heads on Monday.

Just act like a starting middle linebacker and put the words into action. Hopefully Ryan lets this stuff get into his head as well.

The Jets are a team to be taken seriously. Ignore the taunts and slights and focus on the frikken game.

You earn respect by beating the heck out of your opponents.

let's just beat the yets then talk like say 2-0 and leading the AFC East !





THEY BLITZ OVER 60% and have 4 sacks.

THEY didn't get a rusher over 100 yards.


WE WIN 28 10


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