Miami Dolphins: Without Reggie Bush, the Dolphins Should Use a Two-Back System

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 25, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball against the New York Jets on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Sunday was a rough day to be a Miami Dolphins fan.

A loss to a division rival in overtime after a hard-fought game. Mark Sanchez leading his team to victory despite two interceptions. But worst of all, star running back Reggie Bush going down with an injury.

While next week's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals looms closer, the potential absence of Reggie Bush takes the spark out of the dynamic offense of the Dolphins.

As Daniel Thomas seems primed to presumably take over the starting job for this Week 4 clash, Miami needs to reevaluate its various options.

Thomas is a bruiser of a running back. He plows through opposing defenses, in comparison to Bush, who relies on his sheer elusiveness to break tackles.

But the Dolphins have an additional weapon that they should employ against the Cardinals. That weapon might just be Lamar Miller.

The rookie out of the University of Miami has already turned heads in a Dolphins uniform. While taking over the backup role after Daniel Thomas missed Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders with a concussion, Miller was fantastic. On 10 carries, Miller picked up 65 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown that put the game officially out of reach for Oakland.

Miller's play has already drawn many comparisons to Bush, and he has the potential to be a premier back in the NFL. But what the Dolphins should really think about for the game against the Cardinals is using both of these options to field an even more dynamic running game.

A speed back and a bruiser are a terrifying combination for opposing defenses. While the bruiser tucks his head and smashes through tackles, opponents adjust defensively. By Miami employing a speed back that alternates with the bruiser, the Cardinals defense will be kept on its toes, increasing Miami's chances of creating a hole for that big play.

A Miller-Thomas tandem has the potential to help fill the large shoes that Bush will leave behind if he misses the game with a knee injury. This combination might just help the Dolphins run away with their second win of the season.