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Sparano says Dolphins are finally using Reggie Bush the right way

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Dolphins running back Reggie Bush is coming off what may be the best two-week stretch of his NFL career, with 195 rushing yards and 67 receiving yards in Miami’s last couple games. To Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, that’s proof that the team’s offensive plans are working.

As Sparano took some time out from celebrating the Dolphins’ first win of the season today, he told the media in Miami that it took the Dolphins a little time to get Bush worked into the offense because they’ve only had him around since August, but that he’s now doing just what the Dolphins envisioned.

“A lot of this has to do with time missed,” Sparano said. “Had you had some of these guys, maybe you would have a better idea of how you want to use Reggie a little better. The way we used Reggie yesterday is not necessarily the way New Orleans used him.”

Bush’s 427 rushing yards so far this season are more than he had in any of the last three seasons in New Orleans, and he’s on pace to far exceed his career-high 581 rushing yards from 2007.

The fact that Bush is playing some of the best football of his career right now is a demonstration, in part, of the fact that Bush has been a rather significant disappointment, compared to what was expected of him when he entered the league. When Bush was the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, no one could have expected that he’d make it through his first five seasons without ever reaching even 600 rushing yards.

But Sparano is right to take pride in the way the Dolphins’ offense is using Bush now. Bush may never be the All-Pro he was once expected to be, but he can still be a solid contributor to an NFL offense, and the Dolphins are finding the ways to make that happen.

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31 Responses to “Sparano says Dolphins are finally using Reggie Bush the right way”
  1. mrizvi66 says: Nov 7, 2011 2:49 PM

    level of care: holding at don’t care…

  2. rayvens says: Nov 7, 2011 2:50 PM

    I’ll still take Sproles any day!

  3. finsfan71 says: Nov 7, 2011 2:51 PM

    Be-still my 1-7 heart. I hope Jacory Harris likes handing off to him next year. What, you think this front office isn’t capable of that kind of pick?

  4. robdolphins says: Nov 7, 2011 2:52 PM

    I was never on the “Suck for Luck” wagon…but, I do hope they don’t win just enough games to have Ross keep Jeff Ireland around…A good GM and scouting staff can build a winner without needing the top pick..See Packers as an example…Go Dolphins, just don’t don’t too much if it means keeping Ireland…I want Ireland gone!

  5. semperfi24 says: Nov 7, 2011 2:52 PM

    They benched Bush???

  6. randomguy9999 says: Nov 7, 2011 2:54 PM

    they still need an inside bruiser….

    and a coach and a QB and an O line and some CBs and a WR or two

    the real story is that they blew the suck4luck race and Moore BETTER be it.

  7. getadealdonealready says: Nov 7, 2011 2:57 PM

    Funny, fantasy owners who have dropped him, say they are finally using him the right way.

  8. blackngoldsuperbowl says: Nov 7, 2011 2:57 PM

    Saints fan here.
    He did his best when he was tapping Kim K,
    and hes tapping Kim again and actually doing ok, BUT, its just two games. Calm down, dude is made of glass and his season can be over at any moment. But not wishing that on the kid.

    Just the facts

  9. xstaticonradio says: Nov 7, 2011 2:57 PM

    That won’t save his job.

  10. suhnum1fan says: Nov 7, 2011 2:59 PM

    Yeah run Bush 40 times a game like you did with Ricky Williams and see what happens.

  11. cdngatorfan says: Nov 7, 2011 2:59 PM

    Bush has been a rather significant disappointment?

    Between the owner, GM and Bill Parcells, the front office hasn’t exactly set the fans on fire either.

  12. schmitty2 says: Nov 7, 2011 2:59 PM

    It’s Reggie Bush. Let’s not get a head of ourselves there Tony

  13. billygoat says: Nov 7, 2011 3:00 PM

    Wait a second! This isn’t a concussion story.

  14. mjbulls45 says: Nov 7, 2011 3:01 PM

    as a sunday ticket owner…

    i must say watching reginald bush the past 2 sundays has been phenomenal

  15. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 7, 2011 3:07 PM

    It’s amazing what happens when your offense converts more than one 3rd down per game.

  16. drshakedown74 says: Nov 7, 2011 3:10 PM


  17. donterrelli says: Nov 7, 2011 3:15 PM

    Really just glad to see he’s playing well now.

  18. bovice23 says: Nov 7, 2011 3:25 PM

    The guy who traded a pizza for him still overpaid

  19. mdd913 says: Nov 7, 2011 3:28 PM

    Three weeks ago, everybody and his mother was shoveling dirt on the guy’s career, and now all of a sudden he’s on the rebound?

    If he doesn’t produce for the next two weeks in a row, is his career going down the tubes again?


  20. wethog66 says: Nov 7, 2011 3:30 PM

    Using him the right way how? Shaking him down for nude shots of Kim Kardashian?

  21. ProDolphinsTalk says: Nov 7, 2011 3:33 PM

    This is M. D. Smith article so I don’t expect anyone will get a chance to read my comment above before it’s deleted for the 151 people will call Reggie a bust and mention Kim K.

  22. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 7, 2011 3:46 PM

    Sproles > Bush

  23. gosuhgo says: Nov 7, 2011 3:52 PM

    that dude in the pizza hut commercials is about to make a deep fantasy run.

  24. cwmorga says: Nov 7, 2011 3:56 PM

    I can’t count how many times as a Saints fan I’ve heard that “Reggie has figured it out”, but he always reverts back to old form. I like Reggie and hope he does well, but after 5 years I think he is what he is.

  25. promickey says: Nov 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    It takes Sparano a long time to figure things out. Which is why game planning during the game is not his forte. Tony don’t take to long on the celebration…… will be a miracle for you to remain as head coach next season.

  26. lostsok says: Nov 7, 2011 4:50 PM

    Bush is a scat back. Ireland is history.

    The real question is whether Sparano is a good coach given a mediocre team, and what Miami needs is JUST a good GM.

    Well, and an owner that isn’t fractionally better than Frank McCourt.

  27. dealer009 says: Nov 7, 2011 4:54 PM

    Sparano deserves credit. Hope he lands on his feet when this is all over.

  28. choisbois says: Nov 7, 2011 5:08 PM

    I’d take Bush for fantasy playoffs push – garbage time counts just the same.

  29. scomibord says: Nov 7, 2011 7:05 PM

    yeah the guy that traded a pizza for reggie, overpaid by like…3/4 of a pizza and a cardboard box…oh yeah and a stack of napkins

  30. saintsfire says: Nov 7, 2011 9:05 PM

    Mercury Morris
    Now Phins need a Czonka!

  31. bsizemore68 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:47 AM

    I get upset when folks use politics on this blog, so I won’t, good thing Bush is pushing Pizza Hut instead of Godfathers Pizza, just saying, didn’t say any names. Bill

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