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Bush ignites controversy with comments

The Sports Xchange

Reggie Bush created a bit of controversy on Sunday when he said the Miami Dolphins are a team that "stinks" following their embarrassing 18-15 defeat against the Denver Broncos -- a loss in which the Dolphins blew a 15-point lead in the final three minutes of regulation.

Yeremiah Bell, the Dolphins' veteran safety, expressed frustration when asked earlier this week about Bush's comments. Bell on Thursday said that Bush's postgame comments on Sunday had been "taken out of context."

"We're together in this locker room," Bell said. "We know that we're not doing very well right now and we know that there's outside influences that are trying to kind of break us apart.

"But you know, we're not buying into that."

Bush, though, stood by his comments on Thursday -- just days before the Dolphins' game at the New York Giants. Asked if had been taken out of context after the loss against the Broncos, Bush said, "What else would I mean?"

He included himself as part of the Dolphins' problem, too.

"I do stink," he said. "We all stink. When it comes to 0-6, everybody stinks. There's nothing good about being 0-6. We all have not been good enough, and that's what I meant by those comments."

Tony Sparano, the Dolphins' coach, and his players have insisted that the locker room remains unified. Bush, meanwhile, said he didn't intend for his comments to offend his teammates.

But he also said his teammates shouldn't have been offended by his choice of words.

"There's no room for sensitivity in this league," Bush said. "This is a man's game and we all signed on the dotted line."

Bush came to the Dolphins to be an every-down, featured back but it hasn't worked out that way. He has struggled to be the between-the-tackles runner he believes he can be.

And he hasn't often factored into the passing game. Still, he believes there's hope yet for the Dolphins.

"It's time for a little gut check," Bush said. "What do we want to do? Do we want to listen to the media and maybe lose the rest of these games, and play for the first pick? Or do we want to play for a little pride and turn this thing around, and maybe make a push for the playoffs?"

--The Dolphins' quarterback situation was uncertain entering the season and six weeks into the season hasn't become any clearer. Or stronger, for that matter.

The Dolphins earlier this week signed J.P. Losman, the former first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, to serve as the backup to Matt Moore -- who, in turn, took over two weeks ago for the injured Chad Henne.

Losman became the fourth quarterback the team had signed since late July -- and the Dolphins' most recent backup quarterback. Sage Rosenfels, who had been Moore's backup, was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list with an undisclosed illness.

And Moore, of course, had been Henne's backup.

The quarterback situation is even more precarious because of the Dolphins' consistent failure in pass protection. Henne was sacked 11 times in three games and one quarter. And since taking over for Henne, the less-mobile Moore has already been sacked 11 times.

Pass protection could be an issue again for the Dolphins on Sunday when they play on the road against the New York Giants, who are tied for first in the NFL with 21 sacks.

"Their front four is pretty impressive," Moore said of the Giants' defensive front. "They cause a lot of problems with just those guys so we need to be sharp up front. And they obviously have the ability to add guys on, whether its linebackers or secondary players."

Rosenfels, a career journeyman, came to the Dolphins with plenty of experience but not much in recent years. He hadn't - and still hasn't - completed an NFL pass since 2008. And neither has Losman, who originally worked out with the Dolphins after Henne suffered his season-ending injury.

Losman's goal, then, is to learn the Dolphins' offense as quickly as possible. He has to, given that he's now only an injury away - a play away, really - from being the Dolphins' first-string quarterback.

"I just want to show the players - I don't know what they heard about me before or what - I just want to show them I work hard," Losman said. "I'm here to learn the offense. Like, right now - as fast as I can. And that's just - that's what I'm here for."

After his time with the Bills ended following the 2008 season, Losman spent part of the 2009 season with Oakland, where he played in one game and attempted one pass. He spent part of the 2010 season with Seattle and he didn't play in a game.

Losman was the 22nd overall selection in the 2004 draft and has started 33 of his 43 career games.

"The hardest part in the NFL, once you leave the team that you're from or whoever drafted you, is sticking somewhere," Losman said. "You know, you just go down the line of the list of coaches that I've played for ... I'm here to work and hopefully I just stick."

If he does indeed stick, Losman will reverse a trend and put a stop to the Dolphins' ongoing quarterback carousel.

Seventh regular-season meeting. Giants lead series, 4-2, and won the most recent meeting between the teams - a 13-10 victory in London. The Dolphins haven't played the Giants on the road since October of 2003 and the Dolphins prevailed in a 23-10 victory.

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