Here is what running back Reggie Bush said Wednesday to South Florida reporters, courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.
(On facing the 49ers defense) – “It’s going to be a tough game – physical, make no mistake about it. This is probably going to be the most physical game we’ve played all year to date. We’ve got to prepare ourselves on a daily basis. You’ve got to get in the hot tubs, cold tubs, get your body ready, whatever you’ve got to do to get ready for a physical game. Get it done. This is going to be a tough game. It’s going to be a grind it out football game. It’s one of those games that it’s going to be won by three points, seven points. We’re going to have opportunities to make plays this game, but I think it’s going to come down to just our effort, our ability to go out there and execute and how bad we want to win this football game.”
(On why the 49ers linebackers are so good) – “I think it just comes down to talent obviously and then just the schemes, coaching system that they’re in. (It) gives them the ability to (play well)… and then obviously they have a good defensive line up in front of them. Those guys they suck up double teams and it gives the linebackers the ability to go out there and just run around kind of free and make plays. Not taking anything away from them, they’re very, very talented. Obviously, Patrick Willis is, like you said, he might be the best linebacker in the league, but they’re great linebackers who have a really good defensive line in front of them, so it gives them the ability to really just roam around free and make plays.”
(On the team scoring 19 points per game and the reason behind that) – “It’s a little bit of everything. It’s red zone. It’s third downs. We haven’t really hit I think a consistent stride at any point in this season. We’ve been up. We’ve been down. We’ve been here. We’ve been there. So we’ve just got to kind of find I think a happy medium. Some games we’re running the ball well and we’re not throwing it well. Some games were throwing it well and we’re not running it well. Some games we’re converting third downs. Some games we’re not. We’ve just got to kind of find that consistency about ourselves, about our team to where we can feel good and I think we’ve kind of we haven’t hit that at this point in the season.”
(On what he hopes to accomplish in the last quarter of the season) – “We’ve just got to take it game-by-game. I’m not worried about the four games. I’m worried about the next game and it’s a big game against the 49ers. How are we going to handle this game? We have to show up because if… I think this is a game where we’re going to have to play almost a near perfect game to be able to win. They’re coming off a loss, so you know they’re going to be looking for a little bit of confidence. We’re playing in their stadium, so they’re going to have a little bit of swagger about them. We’re going to have to go in there and really fight this one out. It’s going to be a grind it out game. They’re not going to give it to us. We’re going to have to go out there and take it.”
(On Mike Sherman using more formations) – “You know what, that’s a question for Sherman. I can’t answer what’s going through his mind. I just know that he’s been mixing it up a little bit lately and that’s a good thing. That’s good thing. Any time you’re mixing it up like that and you’re forcing defenses to watch multiple people, that’s a good thing and that’s only going to help our offense. But yeah, as far as the question standpoint, I can’t really answer that. I don’t know what’s going through his mind.”
(On if he’s wondered why he doesn’t catch more passes in this offense either this year or last year) – “Yeah, I wonder about it, but it’s not really my decision to make. I think that the tape is there, the proof is there. If they need me to go out and run routes, I think they know that I can do it and I’ve done it in practice. It’s just a matter of scheme and how they feel. When my number is called, I try to go out there and make plays. But I think they know that I can go out there and do that. I think everybody knows that.”
(On Jake Long’s value to the offense) – “It’s priceless. Losing a guy like that, it’s tough. Jake Long, he’s a leader. He’s a great football player. He’s a great person. So losing a guy like Jake is very tough and hopefully… We wish him the best in his recovery. (We) wish him a speedy recovery. Then, hopefully he can still be a part of this team. Obviously, I know he’s going to be doing his rehab, but hopefully he can still be in there in the meetings, around the team cause we need his presence around this football team. That’s how valuable he is to this team.”