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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

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Miami's Joey Porter "earned the right to say what he wants" was the quote coming from Patriots fullback Heath Evans this week as the two rivals head into a suddenly critical game with playoff implications.

When you lead the league with 13.5 sacks, a total already surpassing your previous career-high, then it's true, you can say pretty much say whatever you want. Besides, Porter's guaranteed at least $20 million of the five-year, $32 million-dollar contract he signed last year. So what consequences could he really fear by talking a little trash?

And the answer is none. Sure, maybe New England will block him a little harder and do whatever they must do to take his impact out of the game, but Porter welcomes that. He embraces being the focal point for opponents. He wants to become that distraction, that irritation, the sideshow that causes opponents to forget their actual purpose on the field.

The Miami Dolphins franchise needs Joey Porter. His trash-talking leadership continues to motivate his teammates. Following a 1-15 season that was an overtime touchdown away from a perfectly winless year, Porter's loud-mouthed ways have become symbolic with Miami's equally loud turnaround in '08. At 6-4, having already dominated and embarrassed New England once, the Dolphins can begin separating themselves from the Patriots by sweeping the season series Sunday. Now that would be worth talking about, with Joey Porter leading the way.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  November 19, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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