Can Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas Shoulder The Load?

 

Sept 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets free safety LaRon Landry (30) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (33) during the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. THe Jets won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

Although the Miami Dolphins‘ star running back, Reggie Bush, has a minor knee injury, the team has stated that Bush may be ready to play as early as this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bush suffered what appears to be a deep bruise on his left knee late in the second quarter against the New York Jets this past Sunday. It was tough to decipher what exactly happened to Bush on the play due to the swarm of Miami and New York players around the ball carrier. A helmet to the knee is the most likely scenario of what happened to the former USC Trojan.

 

Rookie Lamar Miller filled in admirably during the third quarter for Bush – but the ground and pound style of second year running back Daniel Thomas is what drove Miami’s rushing attack after losing Bush.

 

Daniel Thomas, as we all know, is a fumble prone running back. Early in the season, Thomas already has two fumbles – in TWO games. Not good. So far, DT has carried the ball 22 times for 80 yards (a terrible 3.6 yard per carry average) and 1 touchdown, while also notching 2 receptions for 43 yards (picking up two critical first downs).

 

Thomas has all of the ability in the world to be a lead option at the running back position. But one thing that seems to hold Thomas back is his lack of “want to”. Thomas seems like he simply does not want to be “the guy”. Miami’s coaching staff continues to put their faith in the former Kansas State star, and he continues to let them down by either missing an assignment, fumbling the football in crucial moments or showing up late to mandatory team activities – Thomas was given a pep talk from Head Coach Joe Philbin on HBO’s hit series, Hard Knocks.

 

Losing Reggie Bush may represent a large hole for this team if Daniel Thomas cannot carry the load. Which I believe he can do.

 

If Bush is not able to suit up against Arizona this weekend, DT and Lamar Miller will face a huge task of wearing down a tough Arizona defense. Arizona’s defense is no slouch and should NOT be taken lightly right Michael Vick?

 

If the Miami Dolphins are going to find any success this season, it lies upon Daniel Thomas’ shoulders. With such a young Quarterback and minimal targets at wide receiver, the team must rely heavily on their strong point their rushing attack (4th in the NFL at 175.7 yards rushing per game, averaging 5.0 yards per carry as a team).

 

As Mike Sherman says, Daniel Thomas you better get your….well I’ll let you fill in the rest.

 

As always, Keep your Fin’s up!!!!!

 

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Topics: Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins, Reggie Bush

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  • http://www.facebook.com/gehauze Gene Hauze

    You state that Thomas’ 3.6 yards per carry is “terrible”. I disagree. Thomas’ average is better than starting RBs like Trent Richardson of Cleveland (3.5), Steven Jackson of Saint Louis (3.4), Cedric Benson of Green Bay (3.1), Mark Ingram of New Orleans (a truly terrible 2.9 — taken in the first round of the same draft as Thomas), Shonn Greene of the J-E-T-S (another truly terrible 2.8), and Chris Johnson of the Titans (a horribly expensive 1.4). Additionally, top RBs like Darren McFadden of the Raiders has only a 3.8 average and Adrian Foster of Houston has only a 3.7 average. So, I think your “terrible” characterization is very unfair. Plus, one must consider that one of Thomas’ two games was against arguably the best run defensive in the NFL (Houston). And, one must consider that one of Thomas’ fumbles was because he was knocked unconscious — hardly his fault.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Well, I have always been a firm believer that anything below 4.0 ypc is terrible. That being said, you do make valid points. BUT, in my opinion 3.6 ypc is terrible. Although Thomas may get a “pass” on his fumble against Houston, you have to take into consideration that Thomas fumbled the ball BEFORE he was knocked unconscious, therefore it was indeed his fault. Thomas has always had fumble issues – even when he was at Kansas State they pegged him as a fumble machine. Don’t get me wrong though, I have all of the faith in the world in DT. Not to mention I truly think he can fix his fumble issues. But he needs to start being the ground and pound player we need in our back field to spell Mr. Bush. Thanks for the read and the comment, Gene!

  • jbenguerel

    I yelled at the TV the entire second half that Thomas needed to be pulled and Miller put in. I’ve never seen why Thomas gets snaps. He’s good for 3 yards at a time. I said that all last year. It seems like it is every down. No more. No less. 3 yards. On the other hand Miller reminds me a lot of Reggie. He shows the potential to break big plays.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thomas isn’t flashy but he tries to do his job – usually. But sometimes – most times this year – he just can’t get it done. I was frustrated also. I could not understand why Miller rotted on the bench for the entire fourth quarter after putting together a solid game so far. It just didnt make sense. He has the most big play potential on our offense after Bush. I agree man, I agree. Thanks for the read and the comment!!

    • Jason

      Agreed agreed agreed

  • Jason

    Um is anyone watching the same dolphins I am…….Lamar miller is playing much better so far DT can’t hold the ball I don’t understand why Lamar just disappeared late in the game against the jets.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Lamar Miller didn’t “disappear” in the fourth, he was sat on the bench for some reason. I agree 100%. Miller should have at least gotten some looks out there. Thanks for the read and the comment!

      • Jason

        Oh yea thank you man for commenting and when I said dissappear I figured maybe something happened injury wise because I seen the slashing through that jets D I just don’t understand why they didn’t keep giving him the rock.

        • TylerMcMullen

          I though so also. Maybe his shoulder injury had been acting up again or something. But there weren’t any reports. I was upset that they sat him on the bench and only used Thomas. Miller was averaging almost 5 yards a pop. Maybe they were concerned of Miller’s inexperience. Who knows. Somethings just don’t make sense I guess.