SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02: Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Normally when two players start jawing at each other, it's a sign that the locker room is turning on itself. Well, that situation began on Sunday, the day the Miami Dolphins lost 18-15 to the Denver Broncos in overtime, when running back Reggie Bush declared, "We stink."
Apparently, safety Yermiah Bell was upset that Bush would make such a statement to the media. "He stinks," Bell told the Miami Examiner. "That shouldn't be said around this locker room. We know that we're 0-6 and we're not playing the best but at the same time there's no need for that."
Thursday, Bell tried to explain the back-and-forth stinking. "You know, we're together in this locker room," Bell said. "We know that we're not doing very well right now and we know that there's outside influences that are trying to kind of break us apart.
"But you know, we're not buying into that."
Bush didn't back down from his statements on Thursday. However, he did admit that he is included in the "we" part of "we stink."
"I do stink," Bush told the Palm Beach Post today. "We all stink. When it comes to 0-6, everybody stinks. We've all, in some way, shape or form have not been good enough, and that's what I meant with those comments. I don't care if it's the front-desk secretary - she ain't doing a good enough job. Everybody's in this thing together.
"I still stand by it," Bush continued, "because there's nothing fun about being 0-6. There's no room for sensitivity in this league. This is a man's game and we all signed on the dotted line."
Bush also said that it's time for the team to dig down and find itself. "What do we want to do?" he asked. "Do we want to listen to the media and maybe lose the rest of these games, and play for the first pick? Or do we want to play for a little pride and turn this thing around, and maybe make a push for the playoffs?"
Linebacker Kevin Burnett agrees with Bush, telling the Examiner:
"You are what you put on tape, you are what the numbers say you are and right now we stink," Burnett said. "If you're scared to admit the truth, you'll never amount to anything. So I'm definitely man enough to say we're not doing things effectively and efficiently.
"I did include myself in that equation," he said. "We turn over the football, we don't get off the field on third downs and we allow big plays so that's the equivalent of stinking. I mean, it is what it is."
Defensive end Tony McDaniel stated that he understood Bush's statement. "I just think he said it because he was mad like everybody else was," McDaniel said. "But I would've never said anything like that."
While everyone seems to agree that the team stinks, the argument comes to whether Bush should have told the media truth every NFL fan already knows. The Miami Dolphins stink. Hopefully this doesn't destroy the locker room, but really, would the team be any worse?
And, I think everyone in the locker room knows they stink. And, I really think this will blow over well before Sunday. But, at least now we know the team knows they stink.