While my colleagues have focused their efforts on covering the Dolphins matchup against the Jets and the return of Daniel Thomas, I thought it would be cool to explore the idea of re-signing the Dolphins best weapon on the team, Reggie Bush.
Consequently, Jeff Ireland got Reggie Bush in a trade for Jonathan Amaya and a 6th rounder. Reggie was a first round pick of the draft that was headed for bust status as Heismann Trophy winner in College and a headache for opposing coaches.
However, like a fine wine, Reggie got better with age and a new scenery.
Here are five reasons the Dolphins need to hurry up and re-sign Reggie Bush:
1. Reggie is currently the face of the franchise. As of right now, Reggie Bush since his break out year in 2011 has been the focus of reporter interviews, expose's, and anything Miami Dolphins.
2. Reggie Bush can run, pass, and catch. We know about Reggie's ability as a runner in space, but he is now starting to learn how to run between the tackles with burst and speed. He seldom dances to find the whole. He now hits the whole and understands the nuances of the opposing defense. When Reggie gets on a roll, the whole team follows and it is evident that the Dolphins win when no one can stop Reggie. As a passer, he can make a short 20 yard pass in an HB Pass play to trick the defense.
3. Reggie Bush is showing no signs of slowing down. Not only is Reggie more elusive than his first year with New Orleans, he is out running the competition. He has shown acceleration, that when healthy, the endzone is the green zone and he seems to find it and can't be caught from behind. He always heads for the endzone with scoring in mind, not going out of bounds.
4. The Dolphins clearly have a player that sells jerseys. While last year, there seemed to be many Henne, Long, and Bess jerseys sold on-line, Reggie is by far exceeding his teammates in jerseys sold. It is apparent that the first set of merchandise on the new Nike line of jerseys has been all Reggie Bush on most websites. This idea of Reggie selling jerseys has to make Mike Dee and Stephen Ross most happy lining the Dolphins franchise coffers.
5. Lastly, Reggie Bush is a man of the community and has contributed greatly in and around South Florida and in his hometown of San Diego.
So, if healthy, I vote the Dolphins sign Reggie and find a way to show him the money!
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So nice having football on Thursday night, breaks up the week in the midst of waiting for football every Sunday. That being said the Dolphins don’t have a Thursday game until November so the wait for Sunday still lingers on for Dolphins fans. We have broken down the upcoming rivalry matchup this week and it’s time to make some bold predictions.
The news of Darelle Revis being active and ready to go does have an impact on this game but it also had to be expected. There is still a chance Dustin Keller could miss the game which would be a huge bonus for the Phins who have struggled covering him in the past.
The Dolphins enter the game 2.5 underdogs heading into their second game at home. The matchup is a fairly good one for the Dolphins as the Jets are only 2 weeks removed from being run all over by CJ Spiller and the Phins will be hoping that Reggie Bush can continue his excellent start and help get the Dolphins offense going. That being said Reggie Bush most likely won’t be enough to overcome this fierce Jets defense.
A week after Brian Hartline was the guy who stepped up the other dolphins “weapons” will need to find a way to contribute as it is hard to believe Hartline can have the same success against the league’s best cornerback. A heavy dose of Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano might be in order for this offense.
On the other side of the ball the Dolphins have to be fairly confident they can shut down Shonne Greene and the Jets running game leaving the responsibility to the Dolphins secondary. I’m going to go out here on a bit of a limb and say they will be ready for the occasion. Santonio Holmes hopefully provided these corners and safety the extra bump they needed to come out and ball on Sunday.
This should be a tight contested matchup between the two rivals, I am going to go the optimistic route and say the Dolphins let the good times roll.
Dolphins 24 Jets 21
Miami's performance on the ground in last week's convincing 35-13 win over the Oakland Raiders was the dream of every NFL running back as the team rushed for 263 yards on 43 carriers. Unfortunately for Daniel Thomas, he was not a part of it.
After suffering a concussion in the season opener against the Houston Texans, Thomas was forced to watch from the sidelines as his teammates ripped off one huge run after another. With the Dolphins' offensive line continuously creating running lanes throughout the course of the afternoon, Thomas could have very well had his first breakout game had he been on the field.
A now healty Daniel Thomas expects to return for this Sunday's anticpated divisional matchup against the New York Jets, however he finds himself in a similar situation from a year ago. In 2011, Thomas had a promising start to the season until being hampered by a hamstring injury midway through. His absence provided Reggie Bush with the opportunity to take control of the team's featured back role and as we know, Bush has never looked back. Thomas on the other hand saw a tremendous decrease in his overall production.
In week 3 of the 2012 campaign, there is now a possibilty that Thomas drops even furthur down the depth chart with rookie Lamar Miller making a strong case to be the Dolphins backup. Miller took full advantage of the chances given to him against Oakland, tallying 65 yards on 10 carries and adding a late touchdown. The fourth round pick out of the University of Miami also posseses a better skill set than Thomas and is certainly the more explosive runner of the two.
Although Thomas lacks in several aspects of the game compared to Bush and Miller, the fact that he is the best blocker in the backfield works heavily in his favour and may turn out to be the reason he keeps his No. 2 role for the time being. In order for Thomas to live up to the expectations of being a second round pick there is still plenty to improve on, however his top asset will prove to be beneficial to the Dolphins offense this season.
With Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller in the fold, Miami has one of the best running back trios in the league. If Ryan Tannehill is to be put in the best possible position to succeed this year, the strengths of these three backs must coexist.
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The rivalry starts up again this week as its Jets week this week. The rivalry comes with a little extra excitement this year as the Phins face off against former head coach Tony Sprano and head coach Joe Philbin and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill get their first shot at the loathed Jets.
Coming off last week’s win the Dolphins head into this game confident and excited. Coach Philbin said that the players have a little more bounce in their step this week as the excitement is hard to miss. Tannehill said everything picks up a notch for a division game and Reggie Bush said this is the type of game you live for, and love to play. Everyone seems ready to go for the Jets this week.
Daniel Thomas and Anthony Armstrong both said they should be ready to play this week meaning the Dolphins should have a healthy unit for this week’s game. The same cannot be said for the Jets however as Revis has not been cleared for play yet and Dustin Keller has yet to practice. Two huge injuries which would certainly help the Phins however it is only Wednesday.
Ryan Tannehill is in firs t a true test against the fierce Rex Ryan defense and he will have to play a nearly mistake free game as this Jets D is hungry for turnovers. Reggie Bush has been the motor of this offense but he faces a tough test against a strong defensive line and will need to be his best to help take the load of the rookie QB.
The Dolphins defense should be able to shut down the run as they have for 16 consecutive games but don’t be surprised if we see some WildCat and Tim Tebow. The Dolphins pass rush will need to have more success as Sanchez is prone to make mistakes when rushed and under pressure.
The matchup is pretty tight between these two teams as both bring solid defenses and a running game to the table. Coaching could be a big factor in this one as Tony obviously has the inside track on the phins this week. That being said I expect turnovers to be the deciding factor in this week’s game. Would also expect to see a lot of field goals which could mean some Sprano fist punch action.
This game should set the tone for the rest of the season, if Miami can get the W improve to 2-1 and get a lead on the division rivals the whole perspective and attitude around Miami might shift.no comments
The Stop and Go: Rivalry Week
Breathe in. Breathe out. And take three steps back. As a fan of the Miami Dolphins, it is another week for perspective. Yes, Sunday marked the first home opener victory since 2005, but the Miami Dolphins beat a very uninspired Oakland Raiders squad. Behind Reggie’s 172 yard day and a rush defense that held the perennial stud Mcfadden to 22 yards on 11 carries, (cannot wait to see Shonne Greene), the Dolphins deserved the victory. As Coach Philbin said: “we have a million things we need to work on”. More importantly, as I’ve just said: “it is another week for perspective”, and another week to Stop and Go forward. The real test lies with the Jets.
Stop: Full quarter lulls
Good teams are able to play well for a full 60 minutes and close out a game. What I hope does not become a trend this season is something I will call “full quarter lulls”. In the second quarter of Sunday’s game the Dolphins produced three consecutive three and outs and big fat donut on the scoreboard. The Dolphins offense needs to bring their A-game for a full 4 quarters if they’re going to beat even the Bourgeoisie of the NFL like the Jets.
Start: Sacks and Tight Ends
The Miami Dolphins do not lack a pass rush per say, but they lack finishing ability. This past week the Dolphins pass rushers managed…wait they didn’t even manage a single sack. On the bright side, they did amass 10 QB hits and 14 QB hurries. The pressure is clearly there, especially as Cam Wake manhandled Oakland right tackle Khalif Barnes into 6 of the QB pressures, just a sack never materialized. The impact play—loss of yards that gets your defense off the field. Strong side rusher Olivier Vernon has got to make an impact with his limited plays (he did have a crushing hit on special teams).
On the offensive side of the ball, I think it is time to get Michael Egnew into the game. So he can’t block; split him out wide Jimmy Graham style and let him make some Tony Gonzalez-esque catches. Fortunately for the rookie tight end, teammate Charles Clay’s 1 reception for 2 yards start to the season could land him on the field sooner than we all expect. Egnew could finally provide the seam threat that we’ve been lacking at the tight end position.
Continue: Get Tannehill Rolling
It seems that Coach Sherman finally decided to roll the rookie QB out of the pocket. It was immediately obvious that this is a comfort zone and major strength for Tannehill. Keep the pocket moving, disguise the bootlegs, and keep wide receiver Brian Hartline rolling with him. Can anyone say number one receiver? I sure hope not. Hartline has shown flashes as a dependable target for the rookie, but many follow up performances are in order, if we are to pin the label on him. On the comical and bright side, Brian Hartline absolutely abused, toyed, and mocked, Raiders corners all afternoon. It was like a carousel as they repeatedly switched up the coverage and continuously the ball found Hartline’s hands. The Tannehill-Hartline connection must continue to be deployed by Commandeer Sherman if the Phins hope for aerial success against the Jets.
New to this 1-week old column is the “Incognito” Dolphin of the week—that is to say a player whose individual effort has gone unnoticed but was highly impactful in this past week’s game.
The “Incognito” Dolphin of the Week is: Cornerback Sean Smith. Smith was thrown at 8 times (of 45 passes), yielding only 2 completions, and surrendering an opposing QB rating of 53.1. Smith defended two passes, including a key third down on an in route by Denarrius Moore, en route to helping his Dolphins to their first win.
As Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath once said, “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” So my Dolphins, when the Jets come to town and you’re about to take your quarter off, keep playing, don’t Stop, and Go all the way until the fat lady sings.
Until next week,