Bush not sure 'Hard Knocks' is good for 'Phins


Bush not sure 'Hard Knocks' is good for 'Phins

The Dolphins are set to be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks, but lead running back Reggie Bush doesn't seem all that excited about it.

Im on the fence, Bush told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. Training camp is so tough as it is. Youve got guys trying to make the team, training and fighting and scratching. At the same time, were trying to jell together. It adds another thing, but it will bring a lot of buzz to the city, and thats something we can all use as a city and team.

From PFT:
If Hard Knocks brings buzz to the city and the team, then Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has what he wants. But its easy to see why players like Bush and Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano arent so sure that a reality TV show is going to help them win.

Fasano told Sirius XM Radio that he didn't see how the show was supposed to help the team, even though coach Joe Philbin said the decision to do the show was a "football decision."

I wasnt too thrilled to tell you the truth, Fasano said. I think we were informed at a team meeting and there were a lot of groans when it was announced. But were going to have to deal with it and try not to let it be a distraction. But its going to be fun for the fans and should be interesting to see, even for some of the players, behind the scenes of the team.

It sounds like a good chunk of the team doesn't want to be involved in the dog-and-pony show, which could make having cameras around an even greater disturbance than they would be for a team that's indifferent to their presence. And don't forget, this guy is going to be the star.

Fasano's right. This will be interesting.

Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air But and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he held Brown to five catches on nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his way from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Coach Bill Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up 9 catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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