Yeah, about that…Reggie is Better as number 2
You know Saints running back Reggie Bush may be the number 1 Stunna in a lot of ways. As in, he’s 1 in the hearts of many USC fans and 1 in the heart of a certain Kim Kardashian (hopefully anyway). But in my mind, Bush is best as number 2, as in the “2” in the Saints 1-2 punch.
Bush has proved time and time again, he’s most effective when he can catch balls out of the backfield and use his speed to get in the endzone, as opposed to running between the tackles as an everydown back. Let’s leave that to Pierre Thomas, Deuce McAllister, and Aaron Stecker. Besides, those three have something Bush doesn’t (at least he doesn’t have it on a consistent basis), patience to follow the blockers.
Don’t believe me, well lets look at some numbers. Yes, I know stats can be misleading, but not in this case. For his career, Bush has 1,197 rushing yards. He’s averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Yards receiving: 1,271 (7.5 Yards per carry). 42 of those yards came Sunday against Tampa Bay. By the way, the former Heisman trophy winner scored the eventual game winning touchdown on that play. Imagine that, Reggie Bush’s first touchdown of the season comes courtesy a catch.
Look, I’m not saying Reggie could never be an everydown back (although that’s not his game and the older he gets, the less likely that is to happen). He’s a talented athlete. But I think, the Saints are coming to terms with the fact that Reggie (to borrow a line from Dennis Green) is who they thought he was. And by being number 2 and getting 15 carries or so (he got 14 Sunday), the number 2 overall pick in 2006 could make the Black and Gold number 1….I’m just saying.