Monday, December 10, 2007

Are The New Orleans Saints Better Off Without Reggie Bush?

Tailback Reggie Bush, who visited with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday for a second opinion on his damaged left knee, definitely will not play again in 2007, two league sources told

Reggie Bush


Running Back
New Orleans Saints


2007 Season Stats
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
157 581 4 73 417 2

The renowned orthopedic surgeon concurred, sources said, with the diagnoses of New Orleans Saints doctors that Bush has a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. The injury will not require surgery.

Despite this information, Saints coach Sean Payton told ESPN's Ed Werder that the team is still debating whether to put Bush on injured reserve and end his season, just in case the team advances deep into the playoffs. The Saints were 5-7, however, going into Monday night's game against the Falcons.

All I heard during the Monday Night Football game and after is the question of whether or not the New Orleans Saints are better off without the #2 overall pick Reggie Bush. Especially being so close to the playoffs, the Saints want to maximize their positions by placing the best possible players in them. In my opinion, without a Deuce McAllister present to take the ball and pound out the extra yards, Bush isn't a reliable running back. He isn't the type of running back who you would want to run 20-25 times a game on any down and expect amazing results. Bush, however, does make an excellent 3rd down back because of his flair and speed. He needs to learn to run in the right direction, meaning straight instead of to the sides. He runs very wild as if he still thinks he is in college. So to answer the question from before, the Saints aren't better off without Bush. Actually, the Saints are worse off without McAllister for Bush to back up.

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