Miami Dolphins: Why Reggie Bush Must Have Epic Season in 2012

Devin NoonanCorrespondent IIIJune 11, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins runs for a 76-yard touchdown during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have a whole new look for the 2012 NFL season.

For starters, the Dolphins will be making an appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Talk about a great way to motivate players and acclimate fans to the new team culture brought on by Joe Philbin.

The rookie head coach won a ring during his time as offensive coordinator in Green Bay and has high hopes of winning another with this new look Dolphins squad.

But if the team is planning on making a Super Bowl run anytime soon, their offensive strategy needs to revolve around one man, Reggie Bush.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Reggie Bush has big plans for 2012 too.

“I want the rushing title,” said Bush, who finished 11th in rushing last season. “This offseason I’ve been working towards that goal. Just being effective like I was this past season.”

Luckily for Reggie, he’ll have all the opportunity in the world to do it as long as he’s healthy.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman wants to pick up the tempo and increase the number of plays the team runs per game, by nearly 30 plays. This means added carries for the running backs, as well as additional opportunities to touch the ball through the air.

There’s no doubt that conditioning will be a focal point for Reggie Bush and company this offseason, which will ideally help him withstand the wear and tear of a long, grueling season.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates his touchdown with Brandon Marshall #19 during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom
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The addition of draft pick Lamar Miller and the return of a healthy Daniel Thomas should also help the Dolphins feature back catch his breath and play up to his full potential.

In his rookie year in 2006, Bush caught the ball 88 times for 764 yards. He averaged 8.4 yards per catch and still managed to touch the ball 155 times on the ground.

Last season, he ran for 1,086 yards on 215 carries, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and breaking the 1,000 yard threshold for the first time in his career.

If he can put together a big season on the ground and in the air, expect him to record well over 2,000 all-purpose yards by season’s end.

With the dramatic increase in plays this year, his receptions should rise significantly and his carries should be upward of 200 once again.

Reggie Bush has all the tools necessary to be a top-tier running back in the NFL. He has the quickness to turn the corner, the agility to make guys miss, and good enough hands to be a serious receiving threat.

He’s a big-time playmaker who needs to see at least twenty to thirty touches a game, whether it comes on the ground, through the air, or via returns.

As the only major threat currently on the Miami Dolphins offense, the coaching staff would have to be foolish to not put the ball in Bush’s hands often.

A rushing title may be a lofty goal, but this former No. 2 pick and Heisman Trophy winner has all the talent in the world to make it happen.


Not many people believed that Reggie Bush would ever make a resurgence in the NFL, especially last year as he was traded to the Dolphins who then started the year off 0-7.

But as the season progressed, he managed to stay on the field and took everyone by surprise.

It seemed as though once Bush began to see more touches and put up quality numbers, the entire Dolphins squad started to get it together too.

Reggie Bush was the lightning in a bottle that the team needed as they finished the year winning six out of their last nine games.

I’m expecting to see him improve on his performance from last year, and I won’t rule out his hopes of bringing home the rushing title either.

As for the Miami Dolphins, it’s safe to count on a much better season than last as well.

If Reggie Bush can bring home a rushing title and the team can rally under the guidance of a new coaching staff, then who knows?

Call me crazy, but the Dolphins may be close to bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy back to Miami for the first time in nearly thirty years.

So everybody hop on Bush’s back and let’s see where he takes us.

Run Reggie run!