The Jets’ mission in Miami is pretty straightforward as linebacker Aaron Maybin sees it – stop running back Reggie Bush. Oakland couldn’t do that last Sunday when Bush and the Dolphins dealt the Raiders a 35-13 beating.
Bush rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yarder. As a team, the Dolphins are averaging 171.0 yards rushing in their first two games and 5.5 yards per carry.
“When you have a player with the kind of talent of Reggie, he’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball,” Maybin said. “When you see that at the running back position, it changes the way a defense has to defend against those teams. He’s definitely a guy that, in your game plan, you definitely know where he is when he comes on the field.”
The Dolphins have a rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, which is another reason they must emphasize the run, much as the Jets did in Mark Sanchez’s rookie season. Maybin (pictured, No. 51) said the “high-tempo” style of the Dolphins’ offense presents a special challenge in a 1 p.m. AFC East game in late September in South Florida.
“Playing in their house, in that kind of heat presents the issue of making sure everybody is in shape and everybody is hydrated,” Maybin said. “That’s the one thing guys usually struggle with is the humidity difference and being able to adjust to that.”