LaRon Landry is apparently not thinking this one through. Either that or he has to lay off the Red Bull.
The clinical evidence of what I'm saying was apparent Thursday when Landry got to chirpin' to the New York media about what he's done and what he's going to do to Reggie Bush and the Dolphins.
Landry, you may recall, is the Jets safety that basically was credited with the tackle on the play in which Bush, Miami's running back, injured a knee back in the Week Three meeting between the teams.
And now Landry believes that otherwise routine tackle is going to play mind games with Bush and make the former Heisman Trophy winner nervous or scared everytime Landry gives him the evil eye or stank breath or whatever.
"He will remember that hit,” Landry told The New York Daily News on Wednesday. “Every time he sees me, he will remember that hit... if I'm in the box or coming downhill."
"Just watch the way (Bush) runs on Sunday,” Landry added. “I'm not going to overtalk it or make it a story."
Landry suggested he's something of a head-hunter and he's going to be trying to bag an new skull on Sunday.
"If I get penalized, I'm not going to stop hitting or head hunting,” Landry said. “I'm not going to stop the way I play.”
Ohhhhhhh. I perceive Bush is afraid now.
Angry maybe. Motivated. Not afraid.
What's worse, Landry apparently wants all the Dolphins to feel that way, too.
As if announcing oneself as a head-hunter is not enough to get one's knees taken out, Landy also predicted the Jets were going to beat the Dolphins. This nugget he gave to ESPN New York.
"This game is a must-win," Landry said. "We can sweep these guys and also get to the bye at 4-4. That's what we're striving to do and that's what we will do."
Is this dude for real?
Look, professional football is a grown man game. It is not for the weak or feeble. But Landry may just find out it is also not for the feeble of intelligence.
By calling out Bush, he has thus angered Miami's best offensive player at minimum and likely all of his offensive teammates as well. I will be counting the number of times a Miami offensive lineman will be lining up Landry for a tooth extraction shot on Sunday.
Furthermore, in predicting a victory, now Landry is certain to awaken the ire of the Miami defense, too. I have zero doubt that Landry's comments will make their way to Miami players Thursday -- either through the coaching staff or the media or both.
And for what?
What did Landry accomplish with his bravado? He certainly is not intimidating anyone as he seems to believe. Indeed, he might have made himself a target. And he might have awakened the otherwise unassuming Dolphins.
The irony of this is that Bush and Landry are tied in a manner of speaking. They are both represented by super agent Joel Segal. And Segal is betting both stay healthy and continue to play at a high level to get each a new deal in 2013.
Bush is a free agent as his deal with Miami runs out and Landry's one-year deal with the Jets similarly is set to expire after this season.
All Landry has done is suggest Bush will be hurt again -- thus possibly limiting Bush's earning ability going forward. And he's made himself a target for reprisal -- thus possibly limiting his own earning ability going forward. Segal would be wise to explain this to the safety.
Crazy stuff, right?
There's a reason Bill Belichick doesn't allow talk like this. Landry may soon understand that reason.