Calvin Pace: We weren’t trying to hurt Reggie Bush

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Jets linebacker Calvin Pace’s made some eye-catching comments about Dolphins running back Reggie Bush’s injury after Sunday’s game.

“We had to put him on out. We didn’t see him again,” Pace said.

Those words resonate the wrong way in the post-bounty scandal NFL, although the league is not expected to take any disciplinary action toward Pace. Someone must have told him that the comments weren’t being received in a good light because Pace started his Monday media availability by trying to clarify his Sunday comment so that no one thought he meant malice toward Bush.

“[Before I] answer any question about any game stuff, apparently, I said something about Reggie Bush trying to get him out of the game,” Pace said in comments distributed by the team.  “I wasn’t trying to say it as if we were trying to hurt him.  I’m sad to see him get hurt.  We aren’t running any kind of bounty system or anything like that, and actually, looking at the play, somebody just fell on his knee. That’s all I have to say.  I guess I need to say things in a different manner, and I’ll do a better job of it next time.”

Bush was hurt in the course of a perfectly routine football play so there’s no reason to think this will go any further.

34 responses to “Calvin Pace: We weren’t trying to hurt Reggie Bush

  1. Didn’t Gregg Williams explain his now-famous pre-game speech the same way?

    Listen, penalizing this stuff is garbage; but if Goodell is going to have any credibility, based on what Ryan said before the game, and what Pace said after the game, he’s got to come down on the Jets. Came down on the Saints for almost the same thing.

  2. “Bush was hurt in the course of a perfectly routine football play so there’s no reason to think this will go any further.”

    Check the number of Saints opponents that were carted off the field between 2009-2011 (which they were supposedly paid money for). Hint: no one. But the Saints get hammered and the Jets are basically ignored?

  3. That’s okay don’t worry about it Calvin because the Miami turf monster wasn’t trying to hurt Darell Revis either.

    Here’s the difference, Bush will be back, Revis not so much. Seasons over Jets fans. So go ahead and run your mouths some more, i love it…lol.

  4. I never read it, but if I remember correctly, Rex Ryan wrote a book where there were some passages that could have been taken as a coaching philosophy to encourage injuries. And now this comment from a member of his own team? If the NFL had any real credibility, how can they destroy the Saints season over a bounty, and do nothing over this? Of course the answer is simple – the league has no credibility.

  5. But in this post-bounty era, publicly saying stuff [before the game] like ‘we gotta put some hot-sauce on Reggie,’ is truly idiotic…but, of course, we are dealing with Rex Ryan & Co.

  6. Between the hypocritical bounty nonsense, the horrible officiating, new “safety” rules put in place every season, and the looming concussion lawsuites… if it wasn’t for the money I have invested in fantasy football, I’d probably stop watching the NFL all together.

  7. They said publicly before the game that they were gonna hurt him and they did so now it’s time to show the New Jersey Jets what the Saints got first hand

  8. I guess consider the Jets lucky then that Bush was not available for the second half. Even Jets fans realize if Bush doesnt get hurt that game would not even be close.

    In the end the Jets made enough plays to win and I give them credit for that.

  9. realnflmaster says:
    Sep 24, 2012 5:22 PM
    2-0 in the division.

    uMAD haters?

    —-

    To bad they will still finish at best in second place to the Patriots!

  10. We know Calvin, Reggie’s knee buckled before you guys hit him, the helmet on his knee after was just the icing on top of the cake.

  11. Just ask buffalo’s RB how dirty the jests players are two weeks ago.

    “2-0 in the division.”

    Wow. After three weeks. What do the “same ol’ jests” do the second half of the season?

  12. rex ryan said that jets had to be physical with bush and the jets did that. no where did he say that were trying to injure anyone. i’d say read what rex said in full, but it doesnt matter.

    i loooooove beating flipper, baby. bring on the niners!

  13. It was Landry’s reaction to the injury that troubled me. Stuff happens, but he sure looked awful happy and was clapping that Reggie was injured.

    Contrast that as the Dolphins respectfully applauded Revis as he left the field.

    I don’t think Rex Ryan would do this deliberately, but his words do have an impact on his players. Bot of Reggie’s knees took a helmet to them on that play. One from Pace and one from Landry.

  14. “We weren’t trying to hurt Reggie, just re-align his joints and ligaments in such a way as to reduce future range of motion, and make him less difficult to play against.”.

  15. Fred Jackson was hurt from Landry going after his knee, and now Bush gets hurt by a hit to the knee, and Landry was quite happy about both plays.

    This Jest team is being taught to go after players knees, so don’t complain when karma catches up to you guys…the first part of that is Revis’ injury…

  16. WWJHD?

    Ask yourself, if this were James Harrison….

    “Someone just fell on him”, “It was like that when i got here”, “It just fell off the truck”, “I didn’t try to stomp his arm”, etc.

  17. When a football player or defensive player says, “they want to take out an offensive player” they don’t mean injure him. They mean to remove him from the offense; to take him out of the offensive game plan. Once that is done, then the defense can concentrate on others in the offense.

  18. “2-0 in the division.

    uMAD haters?”

    No. Because without Revis your team is finished. I’d be surprised of the Jets get seven wins. Good luck with the 49ers and Texans these next two weeks.

  19. you know what’s hilarious? 99% of the posters in here say revis is overrated. now the jets suddenly cant recover when he goes down? lmao. you all said the same thing when kris jenkins went down 2 years ago. sione pouha stepped up and became one of the best (if not the best) nose tackle in the nfl. lets see if kyle wilson is up to the task.

    next man up!

  20. It was a stupid thing to say, so maybe learn to speak English and your statement would make more sense. I guess you have been taught by your coach to make stupid statements, he does it all the time. A wonderful advert for the Jets. Good luck without Revis, and you will need it.

  21. Dude. The point of defense is to hurt the other side. Your goal is to tackle them hard, which leads to injuries. If you don’t like it, don’t watch football. Who cares whether the intent is to injure or not, as long as the hits are legal?

  22. phillyphil005 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:40 PM

    “Fred Jackson was hurt from Landry going after his knee, and now Bush gets hurt by a hit to the knee, and Landry was quite happy about both plays.

    This Jest team is being taught to go after players knees, so don’t complain when karma catches up to you guys…the first part of that is Revis’ injury…”

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    I just watched the video of both of the injures. It’s hard to tell with the Bush one, as there are so many players around him. However, the Fred Jackson one, was not an intentional injury. He is running down the sideline and Landry led with his shoulder for the tackle on him; what is he supposed to do, just let him go by because he might get hurt on a tackle. It’s not like he was a defenseless player, who couldn’t see the hit coming. This is football, people get hurt sometimes on LEGAL tackles. This is coming to you as a Bills fan; if there was any bases to claim that it was a cheap shot, I would’ve taken it.

  23. Its crap. As a Dolphins fan, I doubt there was any kind of bounty on Reggies head and/or knee, but after the Saints fiasco and the comments by pace and ryan, an investigation is warented.

    The bad new for the Jets is that Reggie is only out for one to two weeks. I cant wait to see the 200+ yard revenge shredding he dishes out at the medowlands

  24. “Bush was hurt in the course of a perfectly routine football play so there’s no reason to think this will go any further.”
    nonetheless, hours from now my colleague mike florio will write yet another article on this hoping to make something out of nothing.

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