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The Dolphins see Reggie Bush as an early down back

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The Dolphins aren’t paying Reggie Bush $5 million this year to be a “satellite” player.  They expect him to play on early downs . . . like most running backs.

“I have a strong belief this guy can carry the ball on first and second down,” coach Tony Sparano said via Jeff Darlington.

It appears that’s how Miami sold the opportunity to Bush, who mentioned he would be used more as a running back than a receiver.

“I’ve always wanted to be featured back and there’s an opportunity here for that,” Bush said Friday via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

We see Bush as a solid complement to rookie Daniel Thomas, who is a between-the-tackles runner. But the Dolphins are likely to be disappointed if they try to turn Bush into something he’s not.  He’s never run consistently between the tackles. He wears down.

If Bush wasn’t able to find consistent success under Sean Payton in the Saints offense, we have our doubts it can happen anywhere. Much less on the Dolphins.

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42 Responses to “The Dolphins see Reggie Bush as an early down back”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2011 3:53 PM

    Dolphins are going to use Reggie Bush in alot of diffrent ways. They just need a QB to compete in that division.

  2. mikerol124 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:54 PM

    “The Dolphins see Reggie Bush as an early down back”

    Well, he will be down early.

  3. pnut87 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:54 PM

    Hmm… really?

  4. expatpatfan says: Jul 29, 2011 3:55 PM

    As a Saints fan who was thrilled when the first drafted Bush and watched him closely his rookie season (and second season), I’ll save you the trouble–he isn’t an early down back.

  5. starderup says: Jul 29, 2011 3:55 PM

    You nailed it.
    “If Bush wasn’t able to find consistent success under Sean Payton in the Saints offense, we have our doubts it can happen anywhere. Much less on the Dolphins.”
    Bush would have his great plays, and flashes of brilliance. He never will be a feature back anywhere. If Sean Payton couldn’t get it out of him, Sporano sure as hell won’t.

  6. possiblecabbage says: Jul 29, 2011 3:56 PM

    By “early down back” do they mean “you use him early in the game since he won’t be available later on after he takes some hits”?

  7. djkeitse22 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:56 PM

    he’ll be the first RB in the League injured if they play him like that

  8. hobartbaker says: Jul 29, 2011 3:57 PM

    Saints saw him as an “early down” back as well. He always went down way too early.

  9. green18blue52 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:57 PM

    As in goes “down early” in the season with injury?

  10. scoboscobs says: Jul 29, 2011 3:58 PM

    If Bush can’t stay healthy when he’s used as a hybrid, how do they expect him to stay healthy running between the tackles?

  11. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 29, 2011 3:58 PM

    He can chalk up another 400 yds and 3 or 4 TDs. Man… Talk about padding your stats. Yawn…

  12. xpensivewinos says: Jul 29, 2011 3:59 PM

    Yet another brilliant quote from Miami’s soon (but not soon enough) ex-head coach.

  13. drbengolfing says: Jul 29, 2011 4:02 PM

    Old Reggie can certainly be relied upon for a two or three yard loss when running between the tackles on first or second down. He’s like knocking you ball off the tee when addressing the ball on the first hole!

  14. xpensivewinos says: Jul 29, 2011 4:03 PM

    The rest of the league (with the exception of Cincinnati), must laugh at Miami’s front office. They’re so far out over the skis it’s ridiculous.

    New Orleans conned Miami into giving something up to acquire a guy they were going to cut……in order to make room specifically, to go sign another player who’s better…………for less money. The guy Miami should have signed in the first place.

    It never ends……

    When you start wondering “would we actually be better off with Carl Peterson in charge,” it’s officially time to find a new team to root for.

  15. steel6times says: Jul 29, 2011 4:05 PM

    Great pickup. Not. Go Steelers!

  16. themanchine says: Jul 29, 2011 4:06 PM

    He’s a WR not a RB. He just thinks Halloween lasts all year, so he wear’s a RB costume.

  17. steel6times says: Jul 29, 2011 4:06 PM

    I thought Sparano got fired

  18. 305phinphan says: Jul 29, 2011 4:07 PM

    Bye Bye Channing Crowder, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  19. andyreidisfat says: Jul 29, 2011 4:08 PM

    I really don’t remember the guy ever getting much of a chance to be a every down back.

    I dunno man I remember when Westbrook was at about the same point in his career and everyone said he couldn’t be a every down guy, he was just a third down guy who caught the ball well. Well what happened was he went on to have 4 of the most productive seasons in Eagles history at running back.

    Bush is a pretty hard worker and I think he should be given every chance to try to do it.

    I’ll tell you what i do know for sure though, the Saints will miss bush. They are just not the same team without him in the line up. Thats just plain truth. That team never would have won the superbowl with out him and unless they figure a new way occupy safeties and linebackers so they can get their rather slow receivers open they won’t win one again. Sproles is NOT Reggie Bush.

  20. shadowdolphin says: Jul 29, 2011 4:11 PM

    Yea, especially if they don’t resign either of their proven backs. No QB, no established RB … oh boy. Why even print this dribble.

  21. tyguy5 says: Jul 29, 2011 4:12 PM

    Sean Payton figured out how to what Reggie Bush is at the pro level… a complimentary weapon with the ability to score at any time. 12-16 touches per game (half through the air) is just about perfect for him. 12-16 games played sounds about right too.

  22. chris6523 says: Jul 29, 2011 4:13 PM

    Not gonna happen. Reggie is a third down back and only a slightly better than average one at that. Comparing the numbers, he’s slightly better than Brandon Jackson, and significantly less effective than Darren Sproles.

  23. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 29, 2011 4:15 PM

    Fast Forward 6 months

    The Dolphins see him as overpiad and a DIVA.

  24. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Jul 29, 2011 4:17 PM

    I read all of this on twitter, & it just sounds like another smoke screen.

  25. mark0226 says: Jul 29, 2011 4:18 PM

    Miami chose Culpepper over Brees. We all know how that worked out. We’ll see if they made the right choice with Bush over Sproles.

  26. scra22 says: Jul 29, 2011 4:23 PM

    andyreidisfat says: Jul 29, 2011 4:08 PM
    I’ll tell you what i do know for sure though, the Saints will miss bush. They are just not the same team without him in the line up. Thats just plain truth. That team never would have won the superbowl with out him and unless they figure a new way occupy safeties and linebackers so they can get their rather slow receivers open they won’t win one again. Sproles is NOT Reggie Bush.
    =====

    Stats show Saints will be OK…

    From nola.com: The Saints gained more yards, scored more points and won more often in games Bush didn’t play than the ones he did. In 66 games with Bush, including playoffs, the Saints went 40-26 (.606 winning percentage) averaged 26.3 points and 377.8 yards. In 20 games without him, they averaged 29.8 points and 419.8 yards while going 13-7 (.650).

    I am not hating on Reggie, I always liked him, defended him, appreciated him, but I think Reggie will miss the Saints more than they will miss him.

  27. netsaul says: Jul 29, 2011 4:23 PM

    they should sign marion barber now

  28. cotosbest says: Jul 29, 2011 4:25 PM

    REGGIE BUSH NOT A IN BETWEEN TACKLE RUNNER?……I BEG TO DIFFER. GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE HE NEVER HAD AT THE SAINTS….BESIDES HE DID IT AT USC…..SMH.

  29. nolanorth says: Jul 29, 2011 4:26 PM

    Who’s that in the picture? It’s definitly not Reggie..

  30. stadanko says: Jul 29, 2011 4:26 PM

    As a Saints fan who has watched Reggie for his entire career, I think Miami is making a huge mistake. The guy is a roleplayer that gets 10 to 15 touches a game and he’s still out half the season. I love the guy and think he was a lot better than most people gave him credit for, but he’s not a feature back.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Jul 29, 2011 4:32 PM

    is Sparano blind or did he not get good film on the guy? The saints tried real hard to make him a feature back but he just ain’t. I don’t understand all of this “he will get more touches” bs. They gave him the ball a ton but where other guys move forward he went side to side or backwards and the game is too short to let him “get in the groove”. The dolphins will find out just like the saints did he is a feast or famine player and by the end of this season they will be cursing his name if they don’t get a solid QB.

  32. green18blue52 says: Jul 29, 2011 4:36 PM

    He turns into a 90 overall if you switch him to receiver in Madden LOL

  33. bearfanrome says: Jul 29, 2011 4:47 PM

    This is just pre-season hype to get fans excited and buying stuff. Bush will split carries with the rookie.

  34. bhenryman says: Jul 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    i love their strategy lose every game and pick up luck in the next draft!!

  35. finfan1622 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:05 PM

    Who cares what the Saints stats are when he was out of the Line-up!!! Teams had to account for him every time he was on the field. He drew Safeties, CB’s and LB’s over toward him and it left his WR’s in one on one coverage. He’s going to help the Dolphins and thats why he was signed. I don’t care if he gets 1st or 2nd down carries as long as he gets 15-20 touches a game!!! He is a weapon in the pass game and is an electric punt returner. Miami didn’t have that and now they do. Love him or hate him……He will help Miami win games!!!

  36. whatwouldlombardido says: Jul 29, 2011 5:06 PM

    To quote the Joker: “and I thought MY jokes were bad.” Bush as a featured back…LOL

  37. duanethomas says: Jul 29, 2011 5:06 PM

    Tells you everything you need to know about the Dolphins.

  38. FinFan68 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    He can run up the middle. He just isn’t durable enough to do it very often. Use a split back set and run some play action with the rookie. Occasionally let Bush run the ball. He is a weapon when used properly–kinda like Eric Metcalf was. He should be in on early downs, just not running the ball all the time. Sweeps, screens, swing passes and some wrinkle plays where he is 1 on 1 with a LB. Bush is a matchup problem that defenses have to account for. That will free up other aspects of the offense. Combine that with a speed receiver to take the safety out of the picture and either Marshall/Bess/or Fasano should be clear when Bush is on the field. If Sparano uses him as a workhorse RB, he will be looking for another job by the end of this season

  39. scra22 says: Jul 29, 2011 5:43 PM

    @FinFan – I am sure Reggie will help the Dolphins. He is a valuable player. I only posted those stats to show why I think the Saints are OK w/o him, in response to the person who seems to think they will be lost.

    I’m sure RB will be happy in Miami, but there is a much bigger difference between Brees and Henne/Moore than there is between Sproles and Bush. That’s why I said he would miss N.O. more than they would miss him.

  40. drdsgolf says: Jul 29, 2011 7:02 PM

    This is not an apology: “Any comments that I made that offended anyone, I apologize.” Harrison knows perfectly well what he said and how offensive it was. An apology is, “I am truly sorry for making offensive and insulting remarks about the commissioner. I regret my comments and will learn from this experience not to shoot off my big mouth again so quickly”. Grow up and learn to apologize. An apology is not conditional and is specific.

  41. oldhamletman says: Jul 30, 2011 9:26 AM

    still don’t get it….

    I just got the NFL stats page for Reggie, Ricky, and Ronnie next to each other and looking at the last 3 years with Reggie I see:
    . far fewer games played
    . far less TDs
    . far less yards per attempt

    and they are saying Bush will pound it like Ricky still can? bull…. you didn’t see any CBs afraid to take on Bush last year like you did Ricky.

  42. oldhamletman says: Jul 30, 2011 9:29 AM

    if the Pats don’t pick up Ricky or Ronnie and run them for 5 plus yards per at the Phins this year, Ill be shocked….

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