EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Once again, it's time to give out a game ball for a Miami Dolphins game that, probably, doesn't deserve a game ball. Another ugly loss by Miami, this time to the most hated of our division rivals, the New York Jets. Another disappointment. And, another game where almost everyone screwed up some how.
I almost gave this game ball to Dan Carpenter, because he scored points. That's it. That was my reasoning. At least his foot got us 6 points. No one else put single mark on the score board. Unless you want to count the negative 6 points Matt Moore caused with the interception he threw to Darrelle Revis.
But, in the end, I went a different route.
I'm giving this week's game ball to Reggie Bush. Bush has been the subject of much criticism and ridicule since coming to Miami, claiming to be an every down running back. He's been bottled up through most of the season, but on Monday night, we saw what Bush should be.
We saw an outside runner, able to exploit small cracks in a defense, and use his speed to pull away. Sure, it wasn't enough, but it was better than the rest.
When a running back averages 7.1 yards on 10 carries, it's a good performance.
The Dolphins may not have won, but if offensive coordinator has finally figured out how to utilize Reggie Bush, and I'm sure the return of Daniel Thomas to the lineup was a part of that, the offense could start to have some success. Well, that and the assumption that the wide receivers learn how to catch a ball.