Nov 11, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) on the bench in the fourth quarter in a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium. The Titans defeated the Dolphins 37-3.Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Dolphins Reggie Bush Benched : Smart Decision Or Bad Coaching?


Early in the first quarter of this past Sunday’s loss against the Tennessee Titans, the Miami Dolphins Reggie Bush fumbled the football leading to a Titans recovery and touchdown. Bush was benched by Head Coach, Joe Philbin for the rest of the game, forced to watch his team get pummeled in all three phases from the sidelines.

Did Bush deserve to be benched for fumbling the ball?

In my opinion, there is no way Philbin should have taken Bush out of the game! There are three guys on this team that without a doubt you cannot bench, Cameron Wake, Jake Long, and Reggie Bush!

Bush is without a doubt one of the leaders in the locker room as well as a face of this franchise. He works harder than anyone on the team day in and day out practicing long after the whistle blows. This guy lets his work ethic and play on the field represent him; he is the consummate professional. For him to have one mistake and get benched in what I would call a must win game, is nothing short of an outrageous coaching move.

I’m not saying that if Bush was playing in the game the ‘Phins would have won, because lets be honest this game was over after the coin toss, but maybe we would have gotten to see one positive play on offense with him out there.

Of course, Bush agreed with his benching saying to a Miami Herald reporter, “I didn’t deserve to be out there” showing that even in personal defeat his character shines through.

Quick side note, Bush’s character and persona is the reason that if he didn’t run for another first down the rest of the year, I would still want him resigned and back in a Miami uniform. You can’t put a price on knowledge and leadershi He has fully adopted his veteran status and tries to shed wisdom on every player of the team. What Bush does for the locker room and some of the younger players cannot be measured in statistics.

Alright, back to my rant!

Philbin was just dead wrong in his decision to take Bush out. I’m all for making an example out of players, but when you pick the guy who is harder on himself than anybody you are the “biggest idiot in the country” as Rodney Harrison so kindly put it.

We’ll see how Bush responds on the football field Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills, but I personally hope that his seat on the pine stays real cold in New York.

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  • Ripp

    I think Philbin was sending a message to Bush. Ever since the injury Bush has not been running hard. All his big gains since than have been the few times the OL have open holes for him or he puts on a move to juke a tackler. I can’t remember the last time I seen him break a tackle.

    • Brandon Kirsch

      Agreed he has not been playing as well, but those were stellar numbers he was putting up at the beginning of the year. Also I have to be the snobby Bush fan boy and defend him on the breaking the tackle comment, go check out his 18 yard TD run from two weeks ago it was sick!

      • Ripp

        That was an awesome TD run but he broke one tackle which was as weak of an attempt to tackle someone anyone could have made. I love Reggie but I am no homer. He needs to step up.

        • Brandon Kirsch

          Definitely with u on that he has underperformed

  • conbatzor

    Philbin will be fired and no NFL team want him in the future if pulls this crap again.

    • nicey

      agree. bush is the best offensive weapon on the field for the phins. i’m sick of seeing him on the bench, while thomas does NOTHING out there. GIVE BUSH THE BALL!!!!!!!! for the love…

  • Miami Jules

    I agree with the decision. Philbin also benched Incognito… I loved it, because if you’re going to play like that on any given Sunday, then we don’t need you on that Sunday… Who else wans to be benched? Anyone, Anyone? Hell I’ll bench myself if I have to.
    Anyone who has read my comments may remember that I keep talking about Bush’s “hessitation moves” behind the line, which look very crafty, but which more often than not, result in no gains of yards lost. He did that a couple of times at the start of the year against Houston, but soon thereafter, he realized he must hit the hole at FULL SPEED if he want to get the 100+ yards per game.

    • Brandon Kirsch

      Incognito’s benching I agree with for sure he was acting like a knucklehead, but his leadership and work ethic doesn’t compare to what Bush brings. I just don’t think you could bench the hardest worker on the team and a guy that brings that much leadership in the locker room for younger guys.

      Definitely have to hit the hole at full speed when it closes in a second hahah

      • Miami Jules

        Thank you for the response Brandon. You may want to notice trends like that Brandon, especially as a blogger. He hits the hole at full speed and whether it closes or not.ush, when at full speed from the hand off, tends to bounce off and find his own way and if not basicly tears or through… I have been keeping track… may want to look at some footage and compare. I love Philbin, and if we were to let him go, it would become the single most boneheaded move Miami has ever made…it would be epic, ala the traing of Welker which still keeps me up at nights.

        • Miami Jules

          Oops, meant to type “tears ON through” and not “tears or through”… sorry and also when commenting about Welker, meant to type “trading” not ‘”traing” Sorry about the type o’s.

          • Brandon Kirsch

            No problem! Thanks for your input comments like yours can only make my material better!

            I was already going to watch Bush closely tonight, but i’ll definitely take notes on his running awareness.