|Bush is overrated, and no, I'm not crazy
This won’t be popular but it’s true.
Reggie Bush remains one of the most overrated players in football. Maybe the most over-hyped in a long, long time.
There are two problems with the New Orleans running back and they are big ones.
First, his speed. In college, he was usually the fastest guy on the field. That quickness allowed him to simply blow by any defender who got close.
In the NFL, he is just one of many fast guys. I’ve seen probably 75 percent of Bush’s games in the NFL and there is one definite thing when it comes to Bush: his speed has been somewhat negated by fast linebackers and linemen.
He’s still fast it’s just that his main weapon -- that speed -- isn’t as devastating on the professional level as it was when Bush was at USC because everyone around him now is quick.
The second problem is even bigger. Bush still shies from contact.
I saw at least two to three examples when the Saints played the Colts on Thursday night. There are too many moments when as Bush approaches the line of scrimmage he dances, skips and cringes.
When the Saints played Indianapolis, Bush was clearly the third best running back on the field behind Joseph Addai and Deuce McAllister. Addai is the perfect example of how a back should play. He attacks with very little shuffling, runs powerfully, is fearless, and does not shy from hits.
Bush will make plays in the NFL because he’s decent and when he runs in space he still too frisky for a linebacker to handle in single coverage.
Still, Bush is extremely limited and there are at least, bare minimum, 10 backs I would take ahead of him: LaDainian Tomlinson, Shaun Alexander, Steven Jackson, Addai, Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Travis Henry (minus his 48 kids), Brian Westbrook, Maurice Jones-Drew and Rudi Johnson.
Just to name a few.