October 27, 2011
There seems to be some confusion among Miami Dolphins players about who stinks and who doesn't. Reggie Bush(notes) says the whole team stinks. Yeremiah Bell(notes) said on Thursday that Reggie Bush stinks. Karlos Dansby(notes) has remained silent on the issue of stink, but he doesn't want anyone to suck.
If you buy into the Bill Parcells mantra that you are what your record says you are, then Bush is right -- everyone on that Miami roster is dripping in some nasty stank.
But if you don't think everyone has to be painted with that same foul-smelling brush, we can look for exceptions. There's kicker Dan Carpenter(notes), who's 14 of 17 on field goals for the year, including 4 of 4 from 40-49 yards. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall(notes) is on pace for almost 1,300 receiving yards, which is pretty good when your quarterbacks are Chad Henne(notes) and Matt Moore(notes). He also leads the league with seven drops, though, which is kind of stinky.
It's a little difficult to find bright spots with the fish. It sounds like the attitude certainly stinks, though. I can't recall too many instances in NFL history when a player so specifically called out another player on the same team.
As for Bell's claim, well, yeah, Reggie Bush does kind of stink. Pretty much everyone knew that before the Dolphins decided, for some reason, that Bush would magically transform into a 20-carry-per-game guy this year. Guess how that's working out? Bush is averaging under 4 yards per carry, just as he has his whole career.
He's not even catching the ball at his normal pace, which usually helps offset his inability as a between-the-tackles runner. Through six games, he's caught 17 balls. That's less than three per game, which is not good, when that's, you know, the thing you're good at. Football Outsiders has Bush with a DVOA of -25.4 percent, which would be last in the league except for Thomas Jones(notes), who just turned 137 years old.
Still, quantifiable suckitude or not, no other team is blasting each other in the media like this. We'll go ahead and add "grace in defeat" to the list of things at which the Miami Dolphins have failed in 2011.
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