While the New York Jets and New England Patriots have spent the past day or so trading barbs about hating one another, Dolphins players are busy these days watching from afar and not really feeling that kind of venom for either team.
Oh, sure, the Dolphins don't like the Jets or the Pats or Bills for that matter. But hate?
Not all of them.
"I mean I can't say I hate one team more, but it's great rivalries," quarterback Chad Henne said. "We obviously have a great AFC East division there, and I don't think any of the teams like each other too much. But I can't say I hate a team, but definitely compete against them and we don't like each other a lot."
I asked center Jake Grove, the man with perhaps the nastiest on-field disposition on offense, if he hates the Jets or the Pats, or anyone else for that matter.
"I kind of dislike all of them, I guess," he said. "I like the team I'm playing for. The other ones I couldn't really care less about. I wouldn't say I'd single one out more than other ones. They all kind of irritate me a little bit."
Henne sees no real use for hating an opponent. He is quite clinical in that regard.
"I don't know, I just don't see a hatred in a team," Henne said. "That's really not going to get me anywhere. It's more, it's competition out there. Obviously you want to win every time, and hatred's not in my mind."
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