Tag:Reggie Bush
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Podcast: Kerry Collins, Von Miller and Fins new O

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

We figured Brett Favre would pull a Favre before Kerry Collins did, but the Colts signed Collins out of retirement Tuesday because there are legitimate concerns that Manning won't be ready for the start of the regular season.

And anybody who watched Indianapolis in preseason is intimately familiar with the fact that, as interim replacements for Manning, Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky provide the team with one thing: pole position in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Collins may be old, but he's the best option to bridge the gap and minimize the damage between now and whenever Manning can return.

Because this is the NFL, we again talk Tim Tebow, who now appears to be the Broncos' fourth-best quarterback. Will Brinson catches up with the only person on Earth yet to be asked about Tebow: Denver first-round pick, rookie linebacker Von Miller.

We also touch on Terrelle Pryor, Garrard over Gabbert, the Dolphins' new high-powered offense, the number of games Kenny Britt and Aqib Talib can expect to be suspended, and the moxy of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:44 am
 

Dolphins sign Larry Johnson, dump Kory Sheets

Posted by Will Brinson

The Dolphins signed running back Larry Johnson on Tuesday and released running back Kory Sheets, the team announced Tuesday.

This is a historic moment because Johnson and Reggie Bush may be (unofficially, of course) the two least-talented tweeting running backs in NFL history.

Bush, as you'll remember, sealed his fate with the Saints by tweeting "it's been fun" towards his old team and city when they drafted actual Heisman-possessor Mark Ingram in April. He was promptly shipped to Miami this offseason.

Johnson's social media prowess is much more well-documented: not only has he dropped homophobic slurs on Twitter, but he also called out Todd Haley there, and eventually managed to generate what I believe is the first Twitter-related suspension in sports history.

Of course, that was the middle of 2009, back when Johnson was already considered on the wrong side of relevant -- he was eventually cut by the Chiefs, landed with the Bengals for the remainder of 2009 and then found himself in Washington last season, where he piled up, um, two rushing yards before being released by the Redskins.

So we're a good ways removed from Johnson having any legitimate success. Needless to say, the Dolphins can't be expecting too much from him, especially with Daniel Thomas and Bush already on the roster and expected to get the majority of carries.

Perhaps most importantly from all of this, though, is the fact that Miami was so desperate for running back depth that they were the only team to bring in Tiki Barber for a workout. They did that before signing Johnson ... and still signed Larry Johnson.

Which really should put an end to any "Tiki comeback" rumors.

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Report: Tiki Barber works out for Dolphins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you were wondering if you would ever again hear about Tiki Barber’s attempted comeback, wonder no more. Foxsports.com’s Jay Glazer is reporting that Barber had a tryout with the Dolphins on Tuesday.

Tiki Time
Glazer writes that Barber looked good working out, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll catch on with Miami because the Dolphins want to test out their current RBs.

The Dolphins backfield certainly will look new this season after drafting Daniel Thomas in the second round and then dropping Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Then, they acquired Reggie Bush to complement Thomas.

It’s possible Barber could find a place on the squad, but Lex Hilliard and Kory Sheets also are on the Dolphins depth chart, and those two are probably who Miami personnel want to see before they think about making a move on Barber.

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'



Posted by Ryan Wilson

Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano gets points for honesty, although that quality alone won't be enough to make Chad Henne a consistent NFL quarterback or insure that Sparano keeps his job. We mention this because during a Dolphins practice Monday night at Sun Life Stadium, the fans broke out in a "We want Orton!" chant. Apparently, everybody heard it, including the players and coaches.

The Sun-Sentinel's Andrew Carter was on hand and provides the awkward, uncomfortable details.

"The chant referenced, of course, Kyle Orton. He’s the Denver quarterback whom the Dolphins showed interest in acquiring before the start of preseason practice. And the chant came, as you’d expect it to, after Miami quarterback Chad Henne struggled a bit during that Monday night practice.

"First, fans booed Henne. Booed him after incomplete passes. Booed him after he didn’t throw down the field. Booed him when he threw an interception that wasn’t even really his fault. Then, it got uglier. Then, the “we want Orton” chant started and gained momentum and volume."

When asked about it Wednesday, Sparano got right to the point.

“Beside the fact that it really makes me sick?” he said, according to Carter. “That would be it.”

This is what happens to a fan base exasperated by the recent run on mediocrity at the quarterback position. Since Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season, we've seen the likes of Jay Fiedler, AJ Feeley, Sage Rosenfels, Gus Frerotte, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, John Beck, Trent Green, Chad Pennington and Henne. It's enough to, well, make you scream for Kyle Orton.

We're sure Sparano shares the fans' frustrations, but he questions their methods. Specifically, Monday's practice was part of a fan appreciation event. “I think that when people come to the stadium like that in one of those kinds of events, OK, to support the Miami Dolphins, that what we should be thinking about,” he said. “That’s what I think.”

Sparano then admitted that, ultimately, he's unconcerned about such stuff. “I’m not worried about any of that. I’m not worried about how it affects anybody. We’re all big boys here, OK. I’m just talking about taking my team to the stadium, OK, in one of those situations and the reason why we did it, OK, and then to see that happen – it’s just disappointing to me.”

Orton to the Dolphins would have made a lot of sense (certainly more sense than signing Reggie Bush), but it appears that ship has sailed. According to reports, the Broncos aren't as high on Tim Tebow as it may have seemed this offseason, and they have every intention of not only keeping Orton in Denver but installing him as the starter.

So Dolphins fans will need to come up with a new chant.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:58 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:19 am
 

Dolphins trade for Reggie Bush, signs 2-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Reggie Bush was considered all but certain to be a salary cap casualty for the New Orleans Saints thanks to his $11.8 million salary for 2011 ... until they managed to trade him to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday morning.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports inititally reported the news (very) early on Thursday morning and the Miami Herald's Jeff Darlington confirmed the news, reporting that 'Fins GM Jeff Ireland wanted to "sleep on it."

Well, it looks like Ireland's awake now, and Bush is Miami-bound, as reports now indicate that Bush signed off on a two-year deal with the Dolphins.

Bush could be motivated to prove that he can indeed succeed as the featured back on a roster, which a move to Miami would likely let him do -- he and Daniel Thomas would theoretically provide a one-two punch in South Beach.

Plus he now get a fresh start -- things got ugly after the Saints decided to draft another former Heisman winner in Mark Ingram and Bush awkwardly tweeted "it's been fun" afterwards.

The running back market now changes dramatically, as the Dolphins were expected to compete for Ahmad Bradshaw and Ronnie Brown. Their decision to trade for Bush should allow inflation on running backs to sink a bit.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:57 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.14.11: Just who is Greg Cosell?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Andy Benoit, writing for the NY Times, profiles Greg Cosell of NFL Films. You might know Cosell as one of the most knowledgeable (non-coach, non-player) observers in the NFL.
  • Falcons fifth-round draft pick Jacquizz Rodgers is taking classes at Oregon State to finish up his degree, just like he, his mom and his uncle had agreed he would. After all, it’s not like he can study his playbook at this point.
  • According to Forbes, via PFT, the Cowboys are the second-most valuable sports franchise in the world, worth $1.86 billion. The Redskins ($1.55 billion) and the Patriots ($1.37 billion) come in at fourth and sixth, respectively.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:10 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Reggie Bush talks about future with Saints

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We last heard from Reggie Bush in June, when he was refuting a Yahoo report that the Saints had given him permission to seek a trade in February.

On Tuesday, Bush spoke to ESPN's Colleen Dominguez about his future with in New Orleans. "I want to be with the Saints. I know that the coaches, the owner, the GM, have all expressed how much they want me back," he said. "And hopefully we can all find a happy medium. My No. 1 priority is to remain a New Orleans Saint."

Dominguez asked Bush about his draft-night tweet ("It's been fun New Orleans") regarding the Saints trading up in the first round to take running back Mark Ingram.

"I wish I hadn't tweeted it," Bush said. "But for me, what I was thinking was that, I still have this big question mark over my head, I'm still due a lot of money, I'm not sure if I'm gonna be back or not. … To me, it looked as if the team was moving on without me."

When Bush was asked about struggling with injuries for most of his five-year NFL career, he said that "I would attribute a lot of it to turf. There's a difference between playing on grass and FieldTurf. … Another part of it is being unfortunate."

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan (via PFT), of Bush's six injuries, three were on grass, and three were on turf (and one was at the Superdome).

Bush also said that he's a better person now for the things that happened in the past, specifically at USC.  "You live and you learn and you try to move on. … All the stuff that happens with USC, it kills me."

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 6:54 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Bush says he had no permission to seek trade

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today, we told you about a report from Yahoo! Sports that said the Saints gave RB Reggie Bush permission to seek a trade two months before they drafted Mark Ingram in the first round of the draft.

According to Bush, the story is not true.

Contacted by WWL.com out of New Orleans, Bush said the Saints did NOT give him permission to find another team that might want him.

From the story:

I texted Bush a message which read, "Yahoo sports is reporting that the saints gave u permission back in February to gauge interest of other teams for u.  Is that accurate?"  Bush responded, "Lol! Absolutely not!"

Just to be absolutely certain, I again texted, "just so I have this right u were never given permission to gauge interest of other teams? Right?"  Bush replied, "For the second time no."

WWL then contacted Jason Cole, the writer of the Yahoo! Sports piece (and a well-respected reporter), and his response basically was: Hey, Bush can say whatever he wants.

But as CBSSports.com’s own Larry Holder, who covers the Saints, points out, "None of these reports of Reggie Bush surprise me. And just because Bush denied it to WWL-AM doesn't mean it's false. He denied USC stuff too.”

Bush is slated to make $11.8 million next season, and that contract almost certainly will not be paid – either Bush will take a pay cut or New Orleans will cut him loose.

With the drafting of Ingram, I’m guessing it’ll be the latter.

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