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It’s Deja Vu All Over Again: Defending Saints Running Back Reggie Bush

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Reggie showed flashes of greatness and earned the nickname “Baby Matrix” from former Saints Wide Receiver Joe Horn.  This because of Bush’s running style of fluid movements and herky-jerky fake out moves.  But Bush’s style of play began to get herky-jerky.  He would run back a punt return for a touchdown or make big yards on one play, and then muff a punt or attempt to make a play and get hit for a loss the next.  Reggie was blasted by sportscasters for trying to run “East-West” instead of “North”.

However in the Saints Super Bowl season, Reggie made a spectacular showing .  I’ll always remember him taking flight with about a good 15 yard hangtime into the endzone during Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.  This was labeled the next day as “The Fleur-De-Leap”.  Catchy right?  I’ll admit, even I was saying it.  Reggie would continue on and make an impact in the post season including the 2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs against the Arizona Cardinals.  Yes Reggie was shaking his “Good Will Hunting Syndrome”.

The 2010-2011 season wasn’t kind to Reggie, with a fractured leg in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, and minimal playing time.  Reggie was a non-factor  for that season with seemingly phoned in performances, gaining a reputation for being injury prone and diva-ish.  Then came the 2011 NFL Draft and lockout.

The Saints selected Defensive End Cameron Jordan with the 24th pick in the 1st round.  In a bold and surprising move, the Saints traded back up to nab Running Back Mark Ingram with the 28th pick.  I was actually pleased with this selection and felt good about the picks.  Reggie Bush didn’t share this sentiment and the famous Twitter War of 2011 began.