We’ve disagreed with former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder once or twice during his time as a player. We haven’t disagreed with anything he has said during his time as a member of the media.
And we definitely don’t disagree (which means we agree) with Crowder’s assessment of new Dolphins running back Reggie Bush.
Friday, Crowder called Bush a “glorified receiver” during Crowder’s show on WQAM, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. It’s a slight twist on our own label for Bush: “glorified third-down tailback.”
No matter how badly Bush wants to be an every-down back or, at a minimum, the lead dog on the depth chart, it won’t happen — and if it happens it won’t last. Some think that Bush never became Gale Sayers because defenses were so determined to stop him. But Gale Sayers periodically would have still been Gale Sayers even when facing defenses aimed at keeping him from being Gale Sayers. Bush has never been Gale Sayers, and Bush likely will never be Gale Sayers.
That doesn’t make Bush a bad player. He played an important role in New Orleans, both on the field and off it. But Bush always has been more sizzle than substance, and it’s hard to imagine that changing in Miami.