Reggie Bush's lofty goal

Can the Dolphins' RB really accomplish his goal of leading the NFL in rushing?

Originally Published: June 22, 2012
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
Reggie BushJamie Squire/Getty ImagesReggie Bush had a terrific season for the Miami Dolphins in 2011.

You love to see players who exude confidence and Reggie Bush is one of those guys. Never known as a feature back in the Saints offense, and with just one year of over 160 carries in his NFL career, Bush recently declared that his goal is to lead the NFL in rushing in 2012. Big words. The question is, can he realistically accomplish this feat given added responsibility in a new offensive scheme, or is this just bravado-filled rhetoric?

We saw Bush make a jump last year, but what he does in 2012 has a lot to do with scheme. So let's take a look at Dolphins' offensive scheme, how Bush will fit into it and, between the two, whether he really has a shot.

With a new head coach in Joe Philbin and a new offensive coordinator in Mike Sherman, this offense will have a vastly different look. It will be a West Coast look with a one-cut-and-go run game and a zone blocking scheme up front. However, the Dolphins aren't quite as athletic in the trenches as they would like to be and there are some real question marks on the right side of this unit.


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Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.