Reggie Bush Having His Break Out Year

At the end of last July, the Miami Dolphins made a trade with the New Orleans Saints to acquire RB Reggie Bush, for two years worth nearly $10M.  At that time, many Dolfans were angry and upset.  People were skeptical about his ability to stay healthy, run through the tackles, and become an every down back.  They considered him to be undersized and overrated.  Well, with just one week left in the regular season, Bush has completely silenced all of his critics proving he can carry the load.  After five long years with the Saints, Bush is finally having his break out year.

Before becoming a Dolphin, he did miss a total of twenty games due to injuries and failed to even rush for 600 yards in a season.  During that span, he only carried the ball eight times per game racking up 4.18 yards per carry.  The Dolphins are feeding this horse over fourteen times a game and are reaping the benefits.  Bush is currently ranked number one in the NFL among RBs averaging five yards per carry (for RBs with at least 200 carries).

This year, Bush has played in every game and has accumulated 1,086 yards and seven total TDs.  He is currently ninth in the league in rushing yards, but will most likely move up the chart after this weekend’s game against the Jets.   Bush just needs fifty- four rushing yards to become the fourth highest rusher in Dolphins’ history for a single season.  Since he is currently picking up over seventy- two yards per game, he shouldn’t have an issue with that accomplishment.  

More than just stats, it is his explosive play making ability that puts fear in his opponents.  During the week, not only do other teams need to prepare for WR Brandon Marshall, but they also have to spend time plotting a game plan to stop Bush.  He is one of the fastest RBs in the NFL that will hurt you running and catching the ball out of the backfield.  Bush causes havoc in the open field and consistently creates mismatches in coverage.  He has been nearly impossible to tackle one-on-one and has made several line backers look silly all year.  If you forget about him just for one play, he will make you pay.   

Bush has more than exceeded his expectations.  From the very start, he demanded the rock and we gave it to him.  You will not find one single Dolfan disappointed with his performance this year.  The Dolphins got a steal with this late summer acquisition who has been a huge contributor and leader on the offense.  He has earned every penny of that $10M deal and it’s too bad we did not sign him to a longer contract.  Bush deserves a round of applause for his performance and has been one of the few bright spots on this five and ten team.  It’s great to see Bush finally have his break out year….as a Dolphin.

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  • buffandsweet33

    @dolphinsbuzztap Reggie is running with conviction

  • redteg02

    He is having a wonderful statistical season, but what I think is the most important thing Reggie is providing to this team is his leadership. If you watch the games closely you will see Bush trying to fire up his teammates, even when things are starting to look pretty bad. His expectation to win and never say die attitude is what I am liking most right now. It seems like when the Dolphins falter he runs twice as hard and tries to will the team to win.

  • Lespaul

    What I noticed most on the NE game was Miami’s team speed. They are getting faster on both sides of the ball. Speed kills and it would be nice to see the dolphins pick up more speed on defense.

  • mdixon

    Reggie is certainly playing much better. He wanted to play better because many people were calling him a disappointment since coming into the NFL, which is very unfair. I wonder what the Saints think about his much improved level of play now that he is no longer with them. Everything happens for a wise purpose and if Reggie wasn’t a Dolphin we would never see how good he can play if given the opportunity to carry more of the load as running back. The move from the Saints to Miami was a blessing. I know that the Saints are completely surprised because they saw him as a delicate player who was injured often. I know that now he will continue to excel and play well. Congratulations Reggie on surpassing 1000 yds rushing. Continue to play with conviction. Success is how you deal with those who don’t believe in you. You are a great running back and next year you will play even better.