CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 11: Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against Houston Texans at Paul Brown Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
When the Cincinnati Bengals signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis last month, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden didn't offer an exact philosophy on how the team's running backs will be incorporated during the games. However he did say that the running back with the hot hand will get the football. Beyond that we're residents of assumption city.
One of the running backs expected to take part in this supposed, assumed, speculative, conjectured running back rotation is Bernard Scott. And Bernard Scott believes he's going to see an increase in his overall distribution, saying that "It's going to be more of a true rotation going on."
In truth Scott recorded a career-high 118 carries (six against Houston in the Wild Card game), but a career-low 3.4 yard/rush. Was that the result of increased participation within the offense? It's possible. A sudden increase in overall production wears the body if it's not conditioned for it. However the truth is we're slightly more willing to hint that the offensive line was a significant contributor for Cincinnati's struggles rushing the football. Between Andrew Whitworth's recovery and recent additions between Travelle Wharton and Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals are well on their way to resolving those issues.
Regardless the Bengals have averaged 463 carries over the course of the past three seasons. Would 200 rush attempts between Bernard Scott and BenJarvus Green-Ellis be that much of a stretch?