New Orleans Saints: Like It Or Not Reggie Bush Will Be Back In 2011

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While he probably will never eclipse one thousand yards rushing, or even receiving, he is a cog inside the bigger machine that is the Saints offense. That machine doesn’t run as well or anywhere near as efficient when he is absent.

For this the Saints are willing to restructure his deal to keep him around as they finally know what they have in him — a shifty jack of all trades player that is never going to be the ultra productive runnng back they thought when drafted — and wisely they refuse to over pay for his services this year as they did last year when he made over eight million dollars.

Those who like Bush will say that Sean Payton isn’t giving him enough carries or chances to make the type of plays that he showcased his rookie season when he had his best season as a pro with 565 rushing yards and 742 yards receiving.

Those who don’t like Bush will say that he doesn’t get the carries because more often then not he is caught dancing in the backfield and dropped for negative yardage or no gain.

Then of course there is the whole “a breeze could knock him out of a game” mentality when referring to his ability to never stay healthy.

Like it or not Reggie Bush is here to stay and the only thing that’s certain about his involvement in the Saints offense is that it will continue to divide fans for years to come.

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Tags: 2011 CBA CBA New Orleans Sants Reggie Bush

  • Josh

    I’ve loved the pick since the beginning. I have defended Bush while getting bashed by his haters. People expect him to do something special everytime he touches the ball. I’d like to see him lined up in the slot or catch passes out of the backfield to get him into space. I’m not saying anything that the Saints’ coaches don’t already know but I hate to see talent not being utilized. With some key FA signings and a strategic draft the Saints will be strong contenders for the Lombardi again.
    Note: Don’t know if anyone else thought this way, but about 10-15 of Brees’ INTs looked Favre-like…..just saying.

    • Keith Null

      Josh-

      I too have been pro Reggie Bush since he was drafted but more often then not find myself talking trash about him when he is dropped for a loss, which is far too much. He is capable of some electric plays, I just wish they would happen more often. Re-signing him at a tolerable cost is fine with me though.

      • Wayne

        I live in Atlanta and since their 1 and done playoff loss quite a few radio talk shows have commented about the need for an explosive back like Reggie Bush (this years draft doesn’t have as many as usual) Some even saying the Falcons should sign Bush after the Saints cut him.

        As for what they pay Reggie, that’s none of my business. However, do you think that owners like Jones and Snyder would be out bid by the Saints if they wanted to add Bush to their team.

  • Dev

    I’m pleased the Saints are keeping Bush AND they’re being smart about it with the salary level. Reggis himself realizes he hasn’t lived up to expectations, but you gotta admire his loyalty to the team and the city. He started to show promise with some good slant and draw runs but the injury really took him off his game. I hope he gets back into form and he’ll keep my support and that of the fans…plus I get to wear my BUSH jersey for another season :)

  • Wayne

    I’m glad Reggie will stay with Saints.

    Consider this:
    Colston 40 TDs
    Bush 33 TDs
    Thomas 24 TDs
    Moore 23 TDs
    Henderson 18 TDs

    I like the diversity of the offense and the three headed running attack, Reggie’s talent, Pierre’s toughness, and Ivory’s violence.

    Fun to watch.