Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was at his expository best during today's weekly media session.
Sherman gave a variety of reasons why his offense has managed no touchdowns over the past six quarters and weighed in on Reggie Bush's recent fumbling issues (two in the past three games).
"As far as technique goes, it’s just holding the ball high and tight," Sherman said. "I couldn’t get a good picture of the ball or how he was exactly holding it [against the Titans], but we want our five points of contact, high and tight.
"We practice ball security every single day. That’s something Coach Philbin has mandated that we do every single day, so that’s not a new technique for us. [Bush] just has to be more cognizant when he’s running the football and he’s making moves and whatnot to keep that thing high and tight."
What about Bush sitting out those final six series of the first half after fumbling? Was that part of a policy of putting fumblers in "timeout" the way a parent might a rambunctious toddler?
"I wouldn’t say it’s a policy," Sherman said. "I wouldn't even say it’s a function of that situation. I wasn’t aware of that during the course of the game. We were going to go into the game and work on our backs. So when he wasn’t in there, I just assumed that was the case. I didn’t know that was the case at the time and I haven’t talked to Joe about it. I’m not saying yes or no."
But what about as Bush's absence dragged on? Didn't Sherman get on the headset and ask Philbin when he might be able to get Reggie back?
"We weren’t functioning anywhere very well at that time, and I don’t know if it mattered at that point," Sherman said. "We were into a different mode [with] the type of game we were in as far as throwing the football. We had fallen behind relatively quickly, so putting him out there as a pass blocker wasn’t a major priority at that point."
Pass blocker? What about using Bush's breakaway capability to climb back into a game that was rapidly sliding toward oblivion?
Strange week so far.
Bush talks Tuesday, by the way.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times