Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano confirmed that he plans to continue giving running back Reggie Bush at least 20 carries each game.
As evidenced by Albert Haynesworth's one-armed tackle Monday night, Bush simply doesn't have the power to succeed between the tackles or at the goal-line. And the team appears to have given up on rookie Daniel Thomas already. They re-signed ancient Larry Johnson and worked out ancient Brian Westbrook, although they have not signed Westbrook to a contract.
The biggest evidence of Miami's inept passing game was a fourth and goal at the half-yard line after Chad Henne and Davone Bess had gotten the team within inches of scoring. Instead of seeing Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, or Larry Johnson trying to power over the goal-line, Henne threw an incomplete pass and the ball reverted to New England on downs.
As long as Bush remains the feature back, look for Miami to become a passing team with Chad Henne, who did not look bad on Monday night and has some weapons at his disposal. Bush is most effective in the passing game. Still, can anyone argue this team is better WITHOUT Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams?