Thursday, November 8, 2012

Philbin says Bush's snap reduction means nothing


Reggie Bush is the Miami Dolphins' most explosive offensive player, but his workload hasn't exploded as of late.

His touches, in fact, have gone down at a steady pace over the last four weeks. He had 21 touches (19 rush, 2 receiving) four games ago against the Cincinnati Bengals, 17 (12 rush, 5 rec.) three games ago against the St. Louis Rams, 15 (14 rush, 1 rec.) two weeks ago against the New York Jets and 12 (10 rush, 2 rec.) last week against the Indianapolis Colts.

According to Pro Football Focus, Bush was on the field for 20 and 29 snaps over the past two weeks, respectively. Meanwhile, tailback Daniel Thomas was in on 43 and 36 snaps in the same games.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says not to look into it, as Bush's reduced work has nothing to do with anything physically. (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

"Some of it is dictated by down and distance, the type of game we’re in, the score, all those things," Philbin said Wednesday, according to the team's media site. "Maybe the scheme that we’re utilizing that Mike [Sherman] wants to [use]. Is it inside of outside? All those types of things.

"So I think we take into consideration a lot of factors but certainly not reflective that we are disappointed in Reggie in any way, shape or form.”

Bush broke off for an 18-yard touchdown against the Colts last week, sporting some nice moves along the way. However, he averaged just 2.5 yards a carry on his other nine rushes against a porous run defense.

Thomas averaged 6.2 yards a carry last week.

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