The Miami Dolphins’ Reggie Bush wants to be the league rushing leader in 2012. In a contract year, that makes a lot of sense to make a bold goal that public. With the Dolphins opening up OTA’s on Tuesday, that wannabe leading rusher was nowhere to be seen.
Head coach Joe Philbin refused to speculate or even address the missing runner following the OTA’s saying that he would only speak about the players that were actually in attendance. Bush on the other hand Tweeted over the weekend that he was in Las Vegas and on Monday Tweeted that Vegas was evil…or something like that.
OTA’s are voluntary workouts but with the new NFL rules about player off-season participation, every OTA is important for the team as well as the players. Bush must not feel overly worried about missing a few reps with his teammates but the signal he sends to those teammates is a little hazy. There has been no word on whether or not he is seeking a long term deal or even an extension of his current contract that expires following the 2012 season.
While it’s entirely possible that is absence was expected, it is more likely that Philbin would have cleared that up at his post OTA presser on Tuesday.
I don’t put a lot of stock into OTA’s, especially when teams are basically learning a new playbook. There isn’t a lot of work that can get done outside of the coaches getting to talk with the players and see how they move around the field. Still, it’s something that I wouldn’t have expected from Bush after becoming a quasi-leader last season. It means nothing at this moment but might be something to keep an eye on later.