Reggie Bush: Miami Dolphins Risking Season on Injury Prone, Soft RB
The Miami Dolphins had to have watched film on Reggie Bush at USC this offseason. That is the only logical explanation behind them handing him the reins to the offense. Miami is making a huge mistake and they may just finish last in the AFC East for it.
Bush is the ultimate third down running back: that’s it. He isn’t a feature back, he’ll never be able to carry the load, but the Dolphins are apparently in denial of that fact. Bush is an outside runner and will struggle to pick up yards consistently on runs in between the tackles, especially with Miami’s shaky interior line.
The Dolphins are brilliantly combining Bush’s inability to be a true No. 1 back with the fact that they have no respectable quarterback. Chad Henne is not a starting caliber passer in the NFL and Miami will never make the playoffs with him under center. Matt Moore is another, possibly better option, but he definitely isn’t the long term answer.
Throw in the fact that second string running back Daniel Thomas rushed for five yards on four carries in his preseason debut and 2011 looks like a throw away season for the Dolphins. Because they failed to find a capable No. 1 back even though it’s one of the easiest positions to find in football, Miami won’t have a solid running game again until Thomas can be that guy and Bush can return back to his change-of-pace role. Just looking at Thomas’ first preseason game, it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to accomplish that this year.
No running back plus no quarterback equals no offense. Miami’s defense is good, but it isn’t great and without a great defense, they won’t be able to make up for the lack of scoring on the other end. At least they’ll be in position for Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley or Landy Jones next April.
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