As the Miami Dolphins have ended a seven-game losing streak and won two in a row, talking heads have begun discussing how Miami has finally figured out how to use running back Reggie Bush. They're right: in Miami's first six games, Bush averaged 3.9 yards per rush and didn't score a touchdown on the ground. In his last three games, however, he's up to 5.8 yards per rush and has scored three times.
"I know this is going to be difficult to comprehend - especially since it took the Dolphins' offense six weeks to figure it out - but the Dolphins are using Bush as a stretch the field, outside runner," says Kevin Nogle of ThePhinsider.com. "Shocking, isn't it? Don't get me wrong, they are still pounding him between the tackles as well, and he's been doing a much better job there now that he is getting outside carries too."
What was the cause of the delay in Bush's delay in Miami? The team was stuck trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, says Nogle.
"It just seemed early in the season, the Dolphins were so set on this 'Reggie is a feature back' mentality that all they wanted to do was jam him up the middle," says Nogle. "Now they are starting to run jet sweeps with him, pitches, and things like that. It's made Bush the explosive player the offense needed - and has led to three solid games for Bush."
As our very own Der Jaeger points out on a weekly basis, the Buffalo Bills have generally been pretty good defending the run up the middle, but have been wildly inconsistent doing so on plays run to the outside. Right now, that is Miami's bread and butter - and Bush is producing at a very high level. Unless the Bills can corral Bush and limit his effectiveness at hitting the edge of the formation, it could be another very long day for the Bills defensively in Week 11.