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NOTEBOOK: League Taking Notice of Bush's Playmaking Ability; Other Notes

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Second time winning AFC Offensive Player of the Week as a Dolphin.

If Reggie Bush’s first touchdown run last week against the Oakland Raiders wasn’t enough to open some eyes around the league about his playmaking ability, his second one sealed the deal.

Bush’s 65-yard touchdown run down the left sideline was reminiscent of his 76-yarder at the Buffalo Bills last December, which happens to be the only other time he won AFC Offensive Player of the Week in a Dolphins jersey. Bush also won the honor as a rookie in 2006 with the New Orleans Saints.

“I think it just means that we’re doing something right on offense,” Bush said. “Obviously, it’s not just about me. This award is really about the rest of the guys on the team who all had something to do with me getting player of the week. The offensive line did a great job, the receivers did a great job of blocking and there are a number of plays that we can look at and point out some really good blocks throughout the game. So it’s really about the collective effort that we all made to want to run the ball and make that a point of emphasis to try to win the game.”

Bush’s 23-yard touchdown run where he broke four tackles on his way to the end zone initially slipped under the radar when NFL.com posted its top five runs from last Sunday. But after getting a barrage of texts and e-mails pointing out the oversight, the site added it to the list. Bush’s 172-yard effort on 26 carries led the league in Week 2.

The way that Bush ended last season with four consecutive 100-yard plus efforts left a lasting impression on his offensive line and the rest of his teammates. He went over 200 yards (203) in that Buffalo game and looked like he was going to approach that number again against the Raiders before he was relieved by rookie Lamar Miller late.

“He’s phenomenal,” said center Mike Pouncey, who is in his second season with the Dolphins. “He’s a leader out there and he goes out there and plays hard every play. He makes our jobs easier and we love having him as our running back, so hopefully his success keeps happening every week. If he keeps having success every week then we’re having success up front.”

If there is one constant theme when it comes to Bush and what his teammates and coaches think about him it has to do with his work ethic. He established that reputation last year by always putting in extra work after practice and doing his own conditioning drills.

Head Coach Joe Philbin is still learning about his starting running back but he was not surprised that Bush was recognized around the league for what he did on the field last week.

“He certainly did deserve it and like I’ve said before, I’ve been impressed with Reggie,” Philbin said. “He’s a quiet guy, comes to work and I like the way he comes into the building. He doesn’t say a whole lot, he seems to be serious about his trade and he works to improve. I was in the chow line and he was still out on the practice field working today after practice I noticed. He’s a diligent worker and it’s important to him and he wants to contribute and do well.”

Bush also is up for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, along with Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch and Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller. Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday through 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

INJURY UPDATE

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (knee) did not practice today for the Dolphins. … Wide receivers Anthony Armstrong (hamstring) and Marlon Moore (hamstring) and cornerback Richard Marshall (back) were limited. … Running backs Daniel Thomas (concussion) and Lamar Miller (ankle), linebackers Koa Misi (foot) and Jonathan Freeney (thumb) and cornerback Jimmy Wilson (back) all participated in a full practice. … For the Jets, offensive Dennis Landholt (knee) is officially out for Sunday’s game. … Tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring), linebacker Bryan Thomas (hamstring), defensive back Eric Smith (hip/knee) and running back John Conner (knee) did not practice. … Cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion), defensive lineman Sione Pouha (low back) and defensive back Ellis Lankster (low back) were limited. … Defensive backs Isaiah Trufant (ankle) and Antonio Cromartie (shoulder), wide receiver Chaz Schilens (ankle), linebacker Nick Bellore (shoulder), defensive back LaRon Landry (heel), quarterback Mark Sanchez (low back), center Nick Mangold (wrist), linebackers Calvin Pace (Achilles) and Bart Scott (knee), defensive lineman Mike Devito (calf) and offensive lineman Brandon Moore (hip) all practiced in full.


COACH SPEAK

“There seemed to be a little more bounce this morning as I walked into the team meeting. Some of the players you could tell had a little bit different attitude at 8 in the morning, so I think so far we had a good start to the week.” – Philbin on a different feeling today with the official start of Jets week

“The thing I like about him, if you had to ask me today, is I like the fact that he’s had some rough patches in both games, let’s be honest and he’s kind of fought his way through there. Again, he’s a work in progress. He’s not a finished product, but I like the fact that he comes off to the sideline and can kind of tell you what happened. That’s a good sign and that he’s fought through a couple tough spots in games and I’m sure there’s going to be more.” – Philbin on the progress Tannehill has made from Week 1 to Week 2

“They’ve got a multiple scheme. That’s number one, so we’re going to see a lot of different coverages – some combination coverages, some man coverages, some press, some off. They’ll change it up. We’ll see zone pressure, man pressure. I think, number one, it’s going to potentially be the most multiple from a coverage standpoint that he’s seen, so that’ll be a challenge for him. Again, they’re not going to do it every single snap, I’m sure they’ll mix up how much press and off. They might bump a certain guy and be off on a certain player, so that’s going to have an impact on his progressions and his reads and those types of things. I would say those would be those two things and then they can rush the quarterback. They have a good blitz package. We have to be ready for that and got to be ready to adjust protections if need be. It’ll be a challenge for him, no question.” – Philbin on what problems the Jets’ secondary will pose to Tannehill

LOCKER ROOM TALK

“They have a great running back in Shonn Greene and Sanchez, once he gets rolling he can really get rolling. We were breaking it down looking at them on film and we know what we’re up against. We know they have a powerful and explosive offense and we’ve just got to go out and execute.” – safety Reshad Jones on facing the Jets’ offense

“They do a great job of disguising things and of throwing different things at you. Obviously, these coaches know our personnel and they’ve been down here for years coaching and so we’ve just got to out there and play as best as we can on every play because we know this is going to be a dogfight. We know it’s going to be a four-quarter game and go to the end of the game so we’re going to go out there and play our hearts out this weekend.” – center Mike Pouncey on what to expect from New York’s defense

“I’m not that type of football player. I treat everybody like a rival because in this game of football you can get beat by anybody. So I treat every game like a rivalry so I’m looking forward to it.” – rookie fullback Jorvorskie Lane on his approach to rivalry games

“I don’t care. Whoever you are I try to beat you the same. I don’t try to beat Wayne Hunter any less than I try to beat anybody else. I have the mentality anytime I go into the game that I don’t care who’s over there. He’s going to have problems.” – defensive end Cameron Wake on going up against the Jets offensive line

WORDS FROM THE OPPOSITION

“This is a team that clearly wants to run the football and stop the run on defense and they’re doing a tremendous job of that. They’ve played against two of the better running teams in the league in Houston and Oakland and right now they’re fourth in the league in run defense and first in rushing average at a 2.2 per carry. That just blows you away, and being able to run the football they’re second in rushing and third in per attempt at 5.5, so those are things that jump out at me.” – Jets head coach Rex Ryan on what concerns him the most about the Dolphins

“If he was a regular rookie that would definitely be a true statement. But this young man knows the offense. He’s been in that system, so you can tell he’s comfortable. He doesn’t look like a rookie back there. A lot of rookies have that deer in the headlights look; he doesn’t have that. He seems very confident in what he’s doing right now.” – Ryan on game planning for Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and if he ratchets up the pressure to confuse him

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