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Reggie Bush: Star, focal point, workhorse?

Reggie Bush will the be the focus of much attention, perhaps the most attention, on the Dolphins offense this year.

He was a national figure before coming to the Dolphins and remains so now. His importance locally is best understood in that every Wednesday, including this afternoon, when Chad Henne speaks with the media, Bush will either follow or precede Henne in conducting his own press conference.

The attention is warranted because Bush is expected to be a primary playmaker for the Dolphins. In fact, he's going to be asked to make plays as he's never been either in college or the NFL.

That's because the Dolphins, by their own account, are making Bush their lead running back. They're saying he's going to get the ball a lot and in many ways and everyone -- including Bush -- is embracing the idea because if some Reggie Bush is good, well then, a lot of Reggie Bush might be better.

I. Do. Not. Buy. This.

Sorry.

Early on when Bush was signed, I was told he would not be over-used and turned into a workhorse. It didn't fit his injury history, his body type, or his running style.

But lately the talk from the Dolphins is that Bush will get the ball a lot. I don't know if the change is based on something they saw in Bush during camp. I don't know if it's a lack of trust in rookie Daniel Thomas. I hope it's just a smoke screen.

Failing that, apparently Bush is going to get a bunch of touches, with the definition for a bunch changing from game to game and depending on need.

Not wise.

That kind of use for a 205-pound back is not exactly optimal. Oh, there are 205-pound backs that can carry the ball 20-25 times a game. Curtis Martin did it back in the day. But the ones who are successful at it can do it because they never take a solid blow.

Those guys seem to have a natural instinct for avoiding the full-on big hit. They seem to cause defenders to miss even as those defenders are making the tackle, if you get what I'm saying. Nobody ever really blows them up.

Bush hasn't been that kind of runner. He has taken some monster hits in his day. Consequently, Bush has a history for being injured during his NFL career. Bush has been able to play a full 16-game season only once in his five NFL years -- that in his rookie season of 2006.

He played only eight games last season because of injury. He was hurt on and off in 2007 and 2008. There's injury history there. And that is perhaps the reason the New Orleans Saints limited him.

They didn't let him be their starting running back the last couple of years because they thought it was more important to keep him healthy for the important downs rather than make every down an important down. They asked him to come in and specialize in situations to limit carries and hits.

They wanted Bush to be their sprinter, not their marathon runner.

The Dolphins seem willing to have Bush run the marathon. They seem prepared to ride him -- certainly more than the Saints did in recent years. Bush welcomes this, by the way.

But is it smart? Can Bush stay healthy in such a role?

"I mean I don’t have a crystal ball," Coach Tony Sparano said this week. "I can’t tell you whether or not it’s going to be or it’s not going to be. All I know is the guy works hard at it. I’ve been around a lot of running backs in the last several years that have been injured one way or the other. This is a really hard game at that position so people are going to get injured at that position.

"I’m really not concerned one way or the other about that at this particular time, I’m just concerned with finding ways to get the guy the ball. He’s going to be the first runner out of the gate and we’re going to figure out ways to get him the ball. We’ll see how it goes. This guy takes care of his body pretty well. Better than anybody I’ve been around."

Bush took care of his body in New Orleans. And he got hurt a lot.

I understand Miami's need to use Bush more than the Saints (sort of). The Dolphins don't have a franchise QB. They don't have the playmakers New Orleans has. The Dolphins need to use Bush.

But use him too much and you won't have him. Simple as that. Pete Carroll knew this at USC where Bush was not the primary back. Sean Payton figured it out at New Orleans after Bush's second season.

We shall see if the Dolphins get lucky and Bush stays healthy regardless of how often he's used. Or if the laws of physics -- big men pounding on a smaller man time after time will get the smaller man injured -- will force the Dolphins to change.

I must say this: I know Sparano is saying he's not worried about Bush getting injured. That cannot be totally true. His job as a coach is to manage his players in a way that allows them to contribute as much as possible. Injured players don't contribute. The coach must consider the possibility of injury to a player who has been injury-prone in the past.

And then there's this: Bush is another in a line of players the Dolphins have added that come with an injury history. I find it fascinating that a team that depends so much on its players being healthy, so often takes chances on players with injury histories.

This is the club, you must remember, that signed Justin Smiley the year after he blew out a shoulder. And sure enough, Smiley got hurt often during his two-year stint in Miami -- including a shoulder injury that made him lose strength in his upper body, something an offensive lineman needs.

Then the team signed center Jake Grove, who came with a long and eyebrow raising history for getting injured. And, shockingly, he came to the Dolphins and got injured.

Chad Pennington came to Miami with a history for being healthy one year and getting hurt the next. He was healthy in 2008 and got injured and was lost for the season in 2009. Then he got hurt again in 2010. Then he got hurt again in the 2011 offseason.

You as fans and the media sometimes get convinced that a team knows something other teams don't. That is rarely true once a player has a track record. Lions or Tigers or whatever those cats are don't change their stripes. (I hate strongly dislike cats). (Dog man myself). (Great Danes). (Bulldogs).

But I digress.

Do the Dolphins know something about Reggie Bush that tells them he can carry the load of Miami's running game while staying healthy? Do they know something the Saints didn't?

As coach said, no one has a crystal ball.

But we all have a guess.

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You can borrow my crystal ball coach, sign David Garrard if you want to keep your job.

use bush on short passes from henne. then bush will burn the defense.

Whatever Armamdo! Bush will gain 1200 yards this year and 600 receiving! Just drink the Kool aid already. Lol

Bush!

They had better figure something out quickly about getting a compliment to Bush for the type of carries Bush is not suited for. Like short yardage pounding and goal line downs. Bush will be of great help with being a rcvr on play action and his presence will also open up the tight ends and rcvrs. Of course everything is dependent upon a serviceable O LIne and the calling of a proper offensive strategy. Allowing Ricky to leave is already proving a big mistake and worse is that it was all due to Tony's over-sized ego and not what was good for the team.

Armando small guy theory doesn't fly, see Chris Johnson. The guy is alot smaller then Reggie Bush. Injuries are apart of the game. Give the guy the rock!

Bush has realized that to be that "featured back" he must prepare his body for it. That is why he's been so dedicated since he's been here, unlike his time in N.O.
Also, the coaching staffs definition of "feature back" may be different than everyone is assuming. I don't think their meaning "work horse" but instead putting the ball in his hands often in the right (low injury risk)situations, and the result being big, chunk yardage plays= playmaker= featured back.

Get a job yeah

Should not be proud that your life revolves around your daddy's blog

Bush= featured back(big plays running/ receiving

D. Thomas= workhorse

Screen plays are great ways to get chunk yardage. I think we are going to see Bush recieving the ball more than just carrying it and smashing into the line.

dolphins dont have the playmakers NO has?

really? I think the WR core is better!

and.....WELCOME TO RONNIE BROWN?

bush = risk vs reward for the fins,

hopefully dt will step up as the season goes on and we can decrease the risk of injury to bush as he gets less carries

an injured bush is of no use to anyone....

Game 1, Vince Wilfork & Albert Haynesworth both fall on top of Bush on a run up the middle leaving only a cartoonlike pancake body with a normal size head. Or later on the Jets use everyone at their disposal to injure Bush like the tried to take out Nolan Carrol last year.

THE SAINTS NEVER TRIED TO LET HIM CARRY THE LOAD.

HE WON'T CRY THE LOAD HERE.

BESIDES THESE COACHES ARE USE TO RBs GETTING HURT.

WE DID HAVE BROWN.

PLUS BUSH LOOKS BIGGER AND STRONGER THEN WHEN HE WAS IN N.O

I. Don't. Buy. This. Either...

Smoke screen...

Reggie will used as a receiver from the slot. He will only run between the tackles on counter type plays, but not out of the I.

Reggie, unfortunately, will follow his history and be injured before mid-season. Sorry but I just don't understand why Ireland picks up FAs who cannot stay healthy. It has been his pattern since taking over the Dolphin personnel department.

The problem is Daniel Thomas looks like someone we shouldn't have traded up for...altough the whole Florida media sold him a "workhorse" and a "steal" after the draft.

Two months later, the same media is back to Earth, they realized that no one should trust Ireland and the big story is Reggie Bush.

Anyway, no matter if it is Bush or Thomas in the backfield, we will throw a ton this year

ARMANDO:

I TOLD YOU WHEN BUSH CAME HERE. HE WAS GOING TO BE THE MAIN BACK.

MAYBE YOU NEED TO READ MY POSTS.

USE THOSE AND A FEW OTHER BLOGGERS WHO GETS IT.

I TOLD YOU WAY BACK THAT THEY WEREN'T GOING TO GET A QB.

WHY?

BECAUSE CHAD DID O.K.

MATTER OF FACT BETTER THEN O.K.

NOW I READ DAVID GARRAD.

OH AND YOU'RE STILL ON PALMER.

LIKE I SAID ON ONE POST SPARANO WILL KEEP HIS JOB BECAUSE WE WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS OR JUST MISS IT.

BY THE WAY WHO'S THE TEAMS CAPTAINS

I SAID BACK WHEN HE TOOK OVER CAMPS WITH LONG CHAD WOULD BE THE TEAM LEADER.

THEN HE WILL TAKE THE NEXT STEP.

cant wait to see who the stupid head coach is that hires sparano as off. line coach..lol what a joke

I am not a troll and you should know better than that. The name under which I post in every Blog can also be found in the Greater Miami Area listings. I will continue to express whatever I have a need to express in this Blog up and until Armando decides not to let me do it. If you attack me, you will be retaliated upon.

Justin

Hey.

Whats up?

The Dolphins knew enough to take Culpepper over Brees. Have we had enough time to evaluate that? I like Sparano, I disagree with his assessment of Columbo. If Marc blows up then it's time to say good-bye to this regime who can't put an offensive line together.

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Bush is a star and our focal point. But that does not mean he has to be the "workhorse" running between the tackles. Sure he will have a few runs during the game that is suppose to go there but he'll most likely bounce them when there isn't a hole (see Panthers and Bucs games).

Remember how they used him in the Panthers game, that is what I am expecting from them throughout the season.

I see a lot of PA slip screens coming against NE, to get their big fellas running and tired.

See ya at the game!


They're saying he's going to get the balls a lot and in many ways........if some Man Bush is good, well then, a lot of Man Bush might be better.

Sounds enticing.

Why tell the Pats how we are going to use Bush. T
The Dolphins are smart enough to use him in space, and feature his as a runner as well.

You. Should. Buy. This.

Reggie will have a 1,000 yard season rushing a 700 yards receiving... there... I said it.

Just The Facts

I still haven't washed my hands since last we met

x0x0x

Me either

Wink wink

It can also be said and has been said by many in the football community before, that sometimes the lack of use of a player can leads to as many injuries. Using a player and getting them used to the punishment toughens a player to the rifors of a full season. You can't say well this player has an injury history so we are going to play him less to avoid injury. It makes no sense. We got Bush as a game changer and he is just that. Limiting him on carries and catches out of the backfield will only hurt us in the long run.

I love Bush!

I don't think this is a smoke screen Mando and I suspect neither do you. This regime has a history of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole and this is one more example.

Bush can be a difference maker but only if he stays healthy. If they use him as a 'workhorse' he will not stay healthy. It's just that simple.

Armando has always been a "glass half empty" kind of guy.
Ok, Bush had some injuries, but he also played on a turf field which we all know has more injuries than grass.
Life is a mystery and we never know what each day will bring.
Just give Reggie the damn ball and let fate take over.

Square pegs in round holes?

How about trying to make Henne into Penny?

Cam Wake into a strongside LB.

If I remember correctly they had JT at strongside for awhile as well.

Your Pro Bowl DE Randy Starks into a NT.

Now they're going to turn 3rd down back Reggie Bush into Larry Csonka? That'll be the day.

You might be onto something there Coco.


CHATTER

### Henne was very happy Miami signed Dante Rosario, which gives the Dolphins two tight ends with receiving skills. “We need it,” Henne said. “It really opens up the defense to have threats inside and outside.”


Fraid so Odin. I believe if they would have kept LJ, maybe they wouldn't need to play Bush as much. But hey, that's just me. Guess we'll hust have to see.


### The Dolphins’ depth chart released Tuesday lists Brian Hartline as the starting receiver opposite Marshall (with Davone Bess on the second team), Rosario as the No. 2 tight end, and Chris Clemons as the first-team free safety. But Reshad Jones has been with the first team this week because of Clemons’ leg injury.

I would like Bush to get as many touches as humanly possible.......out in space.

I held my breath everytime I saw him bang it up between the tackles this pre season.


### CBS’ Phil Simms would be surprised if the Dolphins win 10 games and contend for a wild card “because of what they’re up against in their division. But Miami can still be 9-7 and have a hell of a year.”

Simms was irritated when ESPN (Herm Edwards) ranked the Dolphins’ quarterback situation as the NFL’s worst. “What – are you crazy?” Simms said, rattling off the 49ers, Seahawks, and Redskins among those worse. Arizona’s “Kevin Kolb has the publicity, but Chad Henne is every bit as skilled or more skilled than a lot of guys. I’ve liked what I’ve seen of Henne this preseason. There are some physical things he looks like he’s doing better. He’s big, strong, has a powerful arm. With some other starting quarterbacks, I can’t say that.” And Simms predicts Mike Pouncey will be as good as his brother, Steelers center Maurkice.

Well.....if Phil Sims say so....who can argue with that....lol

If Sparano did have a crystal ball we wouldn't be so thin at RB while carrying 6 receivers and 5 Tight ends (including Clay) on the roster.


Henne spoke about his growth, his relationship with Brandon Marshall and the team’s more aggressive offensive approach.
“There are a lot of things I can do with this offense,” he said. “There is no turning back.”

Henne, who had a splendid 93.4 quarterback rating in preseason, has been buoyed not only by the bolder offensive philosophy, but the trust that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has placed in him to change plays when needed.

Armando, you are a one trick pony brother. I don't know how south Florida puts up with your coverage of their home-town football team. If there is a negative buried deeeep in any situation, you will find it my man. I read a lot of blogs / coverage of NFL teams and you are by far the most negative dude around. That includes the coverage of Detroit, Cincy, San Fran, Buffalo, Jax, etc.....

more gas coming out of spazanos mouth.lol


Added Collinsworth: “I don’t know where their running game is. Marc Colombo gave up a lot of sacks last year… I would be shocked if Miami won the division.”

### NFL Network’s Joe Theismann predicts “Henne will do well in this offense. You will get to see how good a thrower he is, and he will get in rhythm more.”


Henne:

“Brian Daboll puts a lot on my shoulders – puts everything on me,” he told emcees Joe Rose and Kim Bokamper. “He says, ‘If you see something, get us into the right play and make it go. And if it doesn’t work, we’ll come back the next play and make it work.’

“We’re going to spread you out. We’re going to bring you inside. We’re going to hammer the football like we’ve done in the past. There are a lot more options. We’re out there to make a lot of big plays and score a lot of points. It’s definitely an attack offense. Every day before practice, he says, ‘Let it go. Go to your playmakers and see what they can do with it.’ It’s a great philosophy.”

No matter what they say.. They cannot use him 20 to 25 times per game. However the question is is are they stupid enough to risk that. When it comes to stupidity i never under estimate this staff. If they are stupid enough to do that then we are looking at a torn acl by say the Browns game.

We will see
Love Bill

blah blah blah,zzzzzzzzzz
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henne is 18-85 in paxxes of 20+ yds. that is why henning never wanted him to throw deep. he f'n can't connect ! ! ! .


Joe Rose told the story about how the wife of deceased former Dolphins quarterback David Woodley once punched a fan who was heckling Woodley. The team told Woodley he had to pick up his wife from the Orange Bowl tunnel, where she was being kept under the watch of a police officer.

“Damn, I told that girl not to be listening to stuff,” Rose recalled Woodley saying that day.

-Why can't I find a woman like that?

I think it's more smoke-and-mirrors myself. Brian Daboll's offense is a spread offense. Don't expect too many runs pounding the middle from Bush (that'll be Thomas and Lex's role). Bush will be the sweep back, or the outlet pass back, so the touches he's getting aren't going to be handoffs going straight at the teeth of the defense.

That's good, because that doesn't work (not against the Pats or the Texans or the Chargers at least, teams that can put up a lot of points).

This year is about scoring quickly and scoring often. Hopefully it's about trying not to take on all 11 defenders (like all the other years lately) and just taking on 1/2 of them.

I think Bush is ready for that load. Like Sparano said, injuries happen. If you want to go that far, then you should NEVER play a playmaker because anyone can get injured anytime.

I think everyone is not getting the big picture here.
The only time you can believe what Sporano is saying is.... NEVER.
"I really like the group of guys we have here"
THEN THEY FIND SOMEONE NEW!
"I love Lusaka Polite"
THEN THEY CUT HIM!
"I'm not changing my philosophy about running the football"
THEN THEY KEEP 6 WIDE RECEIVERS!
The guy is one giant airbag of a smoke screen! Not only to other teams, but the media and the fans!
We will all have to wait till game day to figure out Sporano's true strategy.

On 'Mike & Mike' this morning, John Gruden said if Henne can be consistant, the Dolphins will surprise a lot of people.

Thought that was a interesting that at least one of the talking heads gave us a chance. PFT has us ranked at 29.

I believe that most of these 'experts' use the prior season as the end all, be all guide for their predictions. Which to me, is myoptic because it ignores the fact that's it not the same team.

Maybe he just needs to be given the opportunity. Thumbs down on this article and my desire to keep reading Armandos opinions are starting to waiver.

Bulldogs!!!

You are the man, Mando!

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