Just got off the phone with Bob Kuechenberg -- you know, the former Dolphins great who stirred a bunch of controversy last week by saying Nick Saban should be impeached and the Dolphins, "have no soul."
Those comments made a lot of Miami players very angry, particularly Jason Taylor, and they ripped into Kooch after Sunday's 31-13 victory over Chicago, a victory Kuechenberg said would not happen.
Here's Kuechenberg's reaction:
What did you think of the game?
"Amazing, huh? Yeah, wonderful. Marvelous. Clearly everybody had their chin straps buckled yesterday. It was an amazing performance. That’s what they need to do all the time. Not many people, including me, gave them much of a chance against the Bears. But yesterday they played the game with their chin straps buckled. Zach [Thomas] and Jason Taylor always have their chin straps buckled but yesterday the entire team did."
Didn't you say you'd take Jason Taylor to dinner if Miami won?
"In response to Jason Taylor’s comment that I need a hug and a hobby, if they want I’d give him a hug and take him to dinner. If he’s interested I’d take him to dinner at Shula's on me -- and he can even have the big 64-ouncer if he wants."
Don't you wish the Dolphins played all the time like they did yesterday?
"Or at least a lot of the time. Look, I don’t want to do anything or say anything to take away from an amazing, incredible performance yesterday. They came out and when nobody gave them a chance, they took it to the Bears in every phase. Physically we took it to the Bears. The offensive line was knocking the Bears impregnable defense back on almost every down. So my heartfelt congratulations to the team because they did it. They not only beat the Bears, they beat the hell out of them."
Kooch, do you feel like you owe the team an apology for what you said about them?
"I don’t know if that’s the right question. I’m happy they played great and played together as a team. It’s a shame it didn’t happen a month ago."
Do you feel like what you said last week made you something of a villain around this team?
"On the one hand, I didn’t want to be the one to kick people when they’re down. On the other hand, that’s the only time you kick people. If they weren't down, they wouldn't be in a position to get kicked. And we all need a kick in the derriere every once in a while, including me. I’m glad the Dolphins brought their A-game, and not just the star players, but the entire team.”
I like Kooch. He tells it like it is. And he admits it when he's wrong. Your thoughts?