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Dolphins Training Camp: Running Game Struggling

The Dolphins running game is part of a list of problems plaguing the team going into the 2012 season. That may sound a little strange, considering Reggie Bush emerged as a true every-down back for the team in 2011 and recorded a 1,000-yard season on the ground for the first time in his highly anticipated NFL career.

But Miami, at least through these first two preseason outings, seems to have completely abandoned the running game. As was pointed out at The Phinsider, in two full games, the Dolphins have run the ball 27 times, gaining 80 yards and one touchdown. That's an average of 2.9 yards per carry.

That's not going to get it done, even if Miami is transitioning into a pass-first, West Coast offense with Mike Sherman as the play caller. Perhaps the Dolphins already know what they have in that aspect with Bush in the backfield and are more focused on figuring out the passing game.

But without a viable running attack or an established NFL quarterback, the Dolphins' identity on offense is somewhat in question.

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