The Dolphins may rely on Reggie Bush as an every-down back because they have no choice.
Rookie Daniel Thomas, once expected to split carries or more with Bush, has struggled to pick up the Dolphins offense. He was chewed out for running tentatively at the goal line in the team’s second preseason game, and then barely played with the starters in the third game.
Pass blocking has been an issue for the second round pick.
“In the beginning it was overwhelming a little bit,” coach Tony Sparano said via the Palm Beach Post when asked about Thomas’ blocking. “But ‘Nix’ [running backs coach Jeff Nixon] has brought him along and he stepped in there pretty good three or four times today.”
Bringing in Larry Johnson may not have been the greatest sign for Thomas. There have been numerous reports the Dolphins haven’t been happy with Thomas “tip-toeing” behind the line of scrimmage.
Sparano talked in the offseason about returning to a run-first approach. It’s hard to see that happening with Bush and Thomas at the helm.
We know Reggie is getting a lot of positive press, but he didn’t consistently excel on a much better offense in New Orleans.
Dolphins fans may wind up missing the days of Ricky and Ronnie.