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Reggie Bush a matchup problem for Miami

This blog has broken down all sorts of statistics and matchups this week as the Dolphins have been preparing for the Saints. Some of the statistics favor Miami as do some of the matchups.

But one matchup has me sort of worried -- well, not really worried because it's not actually my butt on the line, but it has me interested. Yeah, interested is more correct.

Reggie Bush vs. whomever is going to cover him.

We all know that Bush has been the scout team Wildcat triggerman for the Saints this week. We know he's no longer the team's top running back and so he's not the Saints big run threat.

But he still gets his touches and I don't see anyone on the Dolphins defense that matches up too well against him. On passing downs, you're not going to put a cornerback or nickel back on the dude because, well, he's a running back coming out of the backfield.

Most teams deal with RBs coming out of the backfield with an OLB or a safety or with an ILB or some sort of zone coverage featuring all of the above. The Dolphins defer a lot to the zone coverage option because their linebackers typically are very big and not built for running step-for-step with running backs, much less those that run 4.3s as Bush supposedly does.

The problem is teams that think they can play zone successfully against the Saints passing game must also think they can jump in a pool and not get wet. It's not a good idea. Drew Brees carves up zones like they were cake.

So what to do with Bush? Do you let Jason Taylor or Akin Ayodele or Joey Porter or Channing Crowder try to stay with him? Do you enlist free safety Gibril Wilson as his shadow?

I don't know. But the point is which of the above stated possibilities sounds good? I don't think any of them sound too good.

Bush has caught 14 passes so far this year for 121 yards. That's only an 8.6 yard per catch average, with his longest reception stretching 29 yards. So he's done only minimal damage so far.

The interest here is whether the Dolphins can keep that damage from Bush to a minimum. Tell me your thoughts after you watch the video.

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Play zone...that is still the answer.

Bush has traditionally had his best games against 3-4 teams because 3-4 linebackers by definition are much bigger and heavier and not as quick.

So he abuses them with his speed and quickness. We don't have any linebackers that can keep up with Reggie Bush :.(

IF the kardashin girl comes to the game ,it will be a sell out home game .

Half of these highlights are duplicated. If that's the best Bush highlights they could come up with then he is a bust.

reggie bush? come on hes been invisible for 90 percent of his time in the nfl if we dont win it dam sure wont be because of reggie bush. but we will win so it wont matter anyway go fins

Anybody knows if the game will be available online? Where?

The answer is obvious: put Obama on the field. He ran against Bush last year and took it to the house. Honestly, Mando, sometimes you just miss the obvious solutions!

uh....obama ran against McCain. funny though

i have a feeling and very strong feeling that fins will have the best game of the year .

DL time to shine before they start releasing most of them.

henne on his way of building more confidence

ted ginn becomes a hero like henne

fasano looks good ,will see

poter,long ...time to wake up

oh yeah and i almost forgot im a complete moron

Answer: No he's not

For a guy that supposedly hasn't been much of a factor, defenses are paying an inordinate amount of attention to him. The Dolphins are going to have matchup problems all over the field. Everyone in a Saints uniform is a live target for Brees. They're going to move the ball. They're going to score. Can the Dolphins keep up is the only question. If the Saints don't turn the ball over, the answer is no.

Look at what they did with 3-4 Ds not that good.

Their O-LINE is strong but can't move.

WE WILL OUT RUN THEM TO THE POINT OF THE FIELD THEY want to get to.

AS FOR BUSH HE CAN't GET PASSES IF BREES IS ON HIS BACK.

AFTER SEEING THE VIDEO ALOT OF THOSE PLAYS PLAYED TWICE.

I ONLY WATCHED HALF OF IT AFTER REALIZING THAT SOME WERE REPEATS BUT I ONLY SEEN 1 3-4 D and that's SAN FRAN.

THAT MEANS NOTHING.

Good Luck!

Yeah , lets put a rookie in Chris clemons , who's been inactive all year , on reggie bush. Are you f'n kidding me ? The stupidity on here continues....

Vontae Davis or Jason Allen should be able to cover Bush

Yeah , lets put a rookie in Chris clemons , who's been inactive all year , on reggie bush. Are you f'n kidding me ? The stupidity on here continues....

Posted by: NJ PHIN FAN | October 24, 2009 at 03:08 PM

well, at least nobody mentioned naming Pat White the starter for sunday*lmao*

Hey NJ PHIN FAN, don't insult your fellow Fin fans by minimizing the suggestion that we play Clemons as a rookie.

Remember that Davis and Smith are rookies, and Clemons had every bit as good a preseason and mini-camp as they did...both for coverage and run-stopping.

Your remark basically comes accross as a blanket statement which suggests that anyone who plays a rookie must be an idiot...which includes Marino, Smith and Davis, Elway, Flaco, Cutler, Ryan, Taylor, Thomas, Madison and Surtain, etc., etc., etc.

If Wilson or Bell cover like linemen rather that DBs, that is when you try a rookie who had a good camp and preseason in their place.

I wish I had 4 hands so I could give the “U” FOUR THUMBS DOWN!

if it isn't reggie, it'll be colston, or mike bell, or pierre thomas, or lance moore, or shockey, or maybe our defense (who by the way has +9 turnovers to your -3)

for a team that has lost 60% of its games so far i would think about showing a little more humility.

WHO DAT!

Ok, he had a highlight reel from 2007. We know he can catch out of the backfield, but many of the clips were against the Seahawks and Bucs (equals to not very impressive). Many of the plays were garbage yards. Get a grip Armando. How close is he to be being a legitimate threat? Answer this after you see how little play he gets from the fish wraps because he is not a consistant threat. If we have a worry, it is the pass rush and their quality receivers.

Put v.Davis on him.

THIS GAME WILL NOT BE CLOSE......THE SAINTS ARE GOING TO STOMP THE FINNIES.

Do u think Kim kardishian will be there today? Maybe if they put her naked on the HD big screen bush will be distracted by bush.

sorry little fishes, not ready to leave the pond yet

not yet

y

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