Bengals cornerback Adam Jones had a problem with Jets wide receiver David Nelson. Feeling that Nelson was playing dirty after being cut several times during Cincinnati's 49-9 win over the New York Jets, Jones eventually started yapping to at head coach Rex Ryan, asking why he was playing so dirty.
"He told me to shut the hell up. It was something like 35-6," said Jones via Bengals.com. "(Nelson) was playing dirty. He cut me like four times after the play. Thank God I took my medicine today, I guess, and I didn't go off. Hopefully he'll get fined. At least three fines. There were three real cheap shots after the play."
We didn't catch the cuts, but David Nelson was called for unnecessary roughness on the final play of the third quarter. New York was running the ball and Nelson collided with Jones during the run, shoulder to shoulder, knocking him over.
That's when Jones was viewed jawing at the Jets sidelines. According to the New York media, Jones also threatened Nelson saying, "I'm going to find out where you live and come and get you."
Right. I'm sure the source, perhaps a player on a team losing by 33 points in the third quarter, is very reliable -- as are an emotionally frustrated Jets sidelines. Jones would be the perfect fall guy for such frustration.
"It took everything in my willpower to keep my cool," Jones said about the amount of times that he claims that he was cut throughout the game. "I'm happy I did. He caught me on one of my better days."
Jones would have the last laugh five plays later, returning an interception 60 yards for a touchdown, giving Cincinnati their seventh and final touchdown.
The lesson learned? Reggie Nelson's leadership. Immediately realizing the situation and Jones, a volatile player that will respond to situations like this, cut off Jones' path towards Nelson and drove him off. Great leadership from Nelson.