Miami Dolphins Continue to Struggle With the Ground Game

Back in Week 8, the Miami Dolphins looked like playoff contenders after winning three-straight games to improve to 4-4 on the season, but since then–they’ve struggled to get anything consistent going on offense as they’ve scored just 37 points over their last three games. One of the main reasons why the Dolphins have struggled so much on offense–a lack of a running game.

Heading into Week 11, Miami is averaging just 100.9 yards per game on the ground and one of the main reasons why they’ve struggled so much is because of the disappointing numbers behind Reggie Bush. For a player that entered the 2012 season with the goal of leading the league in rushing, Bush has struggled to put up consistent numbers for the most part as he’s averaging just 57.5 rushing yards per game.

The sad thing is–Bush’s rushing numbers would be even more disappointing if it wasn’t for his performance against the Oakland Raiders.

That game against the Raiders was the only time Bush has rushed for more than 70 yards all season and the argument can be made that he could lose his job to Daniel Thomas over the next couple of weeks if he continues to disappoint. From the offensive line struggling to failing to find open holes, there are numerous reasons behind Bush’s struggles this season, but the fact is it may just be time to accept that Bush has never been able to live up to his full potential since joining the league in 2006.

The more they continue to rely on Bush, the more the Dolphins are going to struggle when it comes to putting up big numbers in the ground game–so it may just be time for the team to start using Thomas more as the featured back.

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