Reggie Bush (Source: espn.go.com)

New Orleans Saints: Reggie Bush is better than Mercury Morris


The Miami Dolphins came out with a win in their second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, a 25-10 drubbing in which the Dolphins controlled the game pretty much from the start.

The story of the game wasn’t Cam Newton, the NFL’s current number one overall pick, or how bad Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne may or may not have looked.

It wasn’t even about the defense or how many sacks, turnovers, or negative plays they were able to turn in, no the night belong to former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush.

Bush finally made his debut in a Dolphin uniform, a hyped event as analysts were carefully watching to see if he could handle an increased workload, while Dolphins fans gazed at the teams new acquisition with hope the bite matched the bark.

His response to all the pressure — 48 rushing yards on eight carries, 33 receiving yards posted on three catches — let the controversy begin so to speak as it was a better the decent performance  on his part.

In fact he is already being compared to Dolphins greats Mercury Morris and Tony Nathan, at least according to Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel.

This was the first time he wore a Dolphins uniform and he instantly became the most electric back in Dolphins history. No? Tony Nathan could catch like this. But didn’t have these moves. Mercury Morris could run like this. But never had these hands.

Saints fans know what the Dolphins fans are eventually going to find out – sure Bush will turn in some big, electric plays — but it happens far too inconsistently compared to the negative plays that will inevitably unfold. It’s only a matter of time.

Let’s be honest as well  by admitting the Panthers rush defense is not the best in the world, and Reggie did exactly what he should of given the situation, but the performance shouldn’t garner such high praise so quickly given the level of competition.

Bush has yards of high light reel runs and catches that he left behind as a Saint, but equally there are miles of footage to the contrary of negative plays, dropped passes, and a host of backfield hi-jinks gone wrong.

I have heard comparisons of Reggie Bush to the great Barry Sanders, the point being made that Sanders too ran backwards quite often only to be dropped for negative yardage or no gain.

But what Sanders did that Bush has yet to in his pro career is simple — consistently deliver the big play — which in turn made everyone forget about those negative runs. Barry Sanders was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, not bad for a backwards runner.

Bush on the other hand has not done enough to make us overlook his short comings, but it’s possible he still can as his “book” is still being written, and a resurgence is possible as a member of the Dolphins.

If Saints fans could say anything to Dolphins fans it would probably be a warning: Be careful as he’ll keep you on the edge of your seat awaiting the next big play, but don’t get your hopes up — he likely run backwards.

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  • daThRONe

    This report is so off. When has Reggie lastly been given consistent carries? You can’t be a consistent runner with out the touches. This coaching staff, for all their greatness, labeled Bush as simply a utility guy and gave up on him being the feature back years ago. This coupled with his inability to stay healthy is the reason he’s been consistent. If you have watch Bush carry the ball the last two years you would know this wasn’t a fluke this is who he is as a runner now. But most people never took the time to notice Reggie completely revamped his running style, has learned patience, and finishes his runs now. Congrats Dolphins fan you guys inherited the Bush everybody thought he would be coming out of SC.

  • Keith Null

    @daThRONe HUH? It’s obvious your pro Reggie and thats fine, but he did not get the carries in New Orleans because when he did he proved he could not handle it either by injury or lack of production. Say what you want about him, but he will get hurt eventually and Dolphins fans will turn on him just as they did Ronnie Brown.

  • daThRONe

    @Keith Null This article is about his durability it’s about his running skills. If your saying he’s injury prone look out fine, but if your saying he won’t be productive because he lack the skills as a runner I strongly disagree.

  • Keith Null

    @daThRONe@Keith which you can do, but he had five years to prove he could rush the ball in New Orleans and failed miserably…it’s just that simple.

  • daThRONe

    @Keith Null @Keith He was hurt 3 of those 5 seasons. When he wasn’t we made it to the NFC championship and won the Supervisor as first for this franchise.

    Let’s face it once Reggie struggled early he hasn’t been really given a chance to do much but catch passes and return punts. Once again if you say he’s risk due to injury issues fine, but how can you say he’s inconsistent when that’s how he touched the ball. Most RB with inconsistent carries would perform inconsistently. Especially a guy who garnered the attention Bush got every week.

    He’s a much more improved runner and I’m glad he will get a chance to silence the people who are righting him off for his running style 4 years ago.

  • daThRONe

    @Keith *Superbowl. My stupid phone changing words lol.

  • mdixon

    Reggie will have a great year (2012) and it will be interesting to see what people say then. Reggie has worked hard and completely turned around his running game. Thats determination and focus. He was just driven to work hard last year and it really paid off. This year should be even better. He is running very well.