Reggie Bush still effective in right system

Reggie Bush has a lot of good football left in him, but only in the right situation.

If you look at when Bush has been successful and productive during his career, it’s as part of a tandem with a bigger back. In college it was with LenDale White, and when he first got to New Orleans it was with Deuce McAllister. The system worked well for Bush.

Bush isn’t a player who can take the pounding of 25 touches per game. But, he still capable of a lot on the field. He’s fast and strong for his size. He doesn’t run well between the tackles; his success is on the outside when he gets to the corner on draws and specialty plays, which Sean Payton figured out.  It’s the system that’s suited for Bush to get his touches, plus still allows him to still be effective on returns.

Defenses still have to account for Bush, and he’s a mismatch for most NFL defenders. When he’s on the field with a bigger back and motions to the outside, often times a linebacker is the player responsible. It’s what the Colts used to do with Marshall Faulk when we faced them and I would end up on the edge of the field. It’s not a good matchup.

It’s an interesting question as to whether the Saints should want him back. They added Mark Ingram in the draft to go along with Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory. In terms of roster numbers, not many teams can afford to carry four high-end tailbacks. Plus, at what cost does he return? Maybe they end up working it out.

As long as he doesn’t get worn down and beat up, Bush is still valuable as a situational player because of the problems he creates for defenses.

— Willie McGinest

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