FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan already said he's sorry. He thinks it's about time Reggie Bush did, too.
The New York Jets coach is still bothered by the Miami Dolphins running back's comments a few weeks ago that Darrelle Revis' season-ending knee injury was a case of "what goes around comes around."
"I apologized for my comment," Ryan said Wednesday. "I expect him to do the same."
Ryan drew the ire of the Dolphins star when the coach said the Jets were going to put "hot sauce" — saying he meant lots of attention, not intent to injure — on Bush before New York's 23-20 overtime win last month. Bush hurt his left knee in the game on a hit by LaRon Landry, and later implied it was karma that Revis also hurt his knee and was lost for the season.
Bush told reporters in Miami that he wasn't concerned that the Jets might try to get him back Sunday when the teams meet at MetLife Stadium.
"Retaliation? They're the ones who started this," Bush said. "If there was ever any retaliation, it would come from us. But this team and the caliber of guys and the character we have are guys who play with respect for the game and play hard. It's football. I didn't go and complain or whine about being a target of the Jets. I expect that every game. I don't expect for it to be any different this game. I expect it to be a tough game, probably some trash talking going on. It's going to be a physical, tough game.
"It's a divisional opponent. That's the great thing about playing divisional opponents. You get to play them twice. It'll be fun this time around."
Landry was told of Bush's comments, and said he didn't want to add to a war of words — but then added fuel to the fire.
"When guys yap back and forth, obviously you've done a great job," Landry said. "No matter if it was a bonehead play or whatever, I mean, you got to them in some type of way that they had to speak on it. I don't really get into all that and the Twitter and everything. We'll see on Sunday.
"I'm grateful for another opportunity to play this guy, and he will remember that hit. Every time he sees me, he will remember that hit. If I'm in the box or I'm coming downhill, whatever, he will remember that hit. I don't worry about what those guys say."
Landry, known for his physical and aggressive style of tackling, says it's clear when a team has gotten into an opposing player's head. And, he thinks, Bush will be the perfect example of that.
"Just watch the way he runs," Landry said. "We'll see when he comes out here this Sunday. I don't want to say too much and I'm not going to overtalk it and make a story."
Ryan said after the teams last played on Sept. 23 that his "hot sauce" comment was misinterpreted and he never coaches to hurt another player. Linebacker Calvin Pace raised some eyebrows, though, saying the Jets planned to "put him on out," but later apologized and insisted there was no "bounty" on Bush or anything malicious meant by his comment.
Bush, whose injury wasn't serious, was angry, though, saying during a radio interview: "They talked all week about putting hot sauce and this and that, and they ended up losing their best player for the rest of the season. So, it's sad that it happened because of that, but I'm going to be back."