(MIAMI) It happens every season: a team gets off to a slow start, the frustration builds before reaching a tipping point, and people getting fired, traded or released is invariably preceded by back-stabbing and finger-pointing. Which brings us to the 2011 Dolphins.
At 0-6 they’re one of the league’s sorriest teams, most recently victimized by the Tim Tebow’s Blinding Awesomeness (it didn’t help that Miami was in the wrong defense on the game’s decisive play).
After Sunday’s loss, there was plenty of blame to go around. Reggie Bush, who was traded to Miami before the season, spoke frankly.
“It’s just embarrassing, I don’t know any other way to explain it,” he said. “It’s an embarrassing loss. Had no business losing that game. We were up 15 points with what, five minutes left to go? And we couldn’t win it? It’s disgusting. Right now, this team stinks.”
Bush isn’t wrong. It’s that he probably shouldn’t articulate those thoughts publicly. Team unity and whatnot. On Wednesday, Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell had some thoughts on Bush.
Via Examiner.com’s Jeremiah Thermidor:
“He stinks,” Bell said emphatically after being asked what he thought of the comments by Bush. “That shouldn’t be said around this locker room. We know that we’re 0-6 and we’re not playing the best but at the same time there’s no need for that.”
The man makes a point, but the damage has been done. Thermidor writes that Bush’s remarks have divided the locker room.
“I just think he said it because he was mad like everybody else was,” McDaniel said. “But I would’ve never said anything like that.”
Linebacker Kevin Burnett, meanwhile, thinks Bush is onto something.
“You are what you put on tape, you are what the numbers say you are and right now we stink,” he said. “If you’re scared to admit the truth, you’ll never amount to anything. So I’m definitely man enough to say we’re not doing things effectively and efficiently.”
Burnett, who earlier this month challenged a beat reporter to “put on some pads, homeboy” after said reporter wrote “Kevin Burnett He hasn’t done a single thing worth mentioning in the first three games of 2011, and this defense has gone from good to bad very quickly,” can now admit that he’s part of the problem.
“I did include myself in that equation (of stinking),” he told Thermidor. “We turn over the football, we don’t get off the field on third downs and we allow big plays so that’s the equivalent of stinking. I mean, it is what it is.”
And what it is is a winless 2011, a lame-duck coach and a feature back who has managed to do less in Miami than he did in New Orleans.
Maybe the Dolphins should’ve signed Darren Sproles. Not only is he having a better season than Bush, he keeps to himself.