Another post from a Reggie apologist...
I was on another site today and read something about Bush from someone and he put into words everything that’s been bothering me about the Reggie situation. I’m going to pepper this post with regurgitations of what I read.
We’re 4-0 that’s all that matters right? Who cares who does it? Thomas, Bell or Bush. I care! And I think Payton is screwing Bush over! He got 9 touches last game! So he fumbled. That’s a Coaches problem. Tiki Barber had that problem and it was coached away. Tony Dorsett had that problem too, no biggy. You don’t take your star player off the field after he fumbles. It ruins his confidence and it ruins his psyche. Coach that out of him!!! He gave him 3 touches in the second half. (I got these ideas from elsewhere so I’m kinda biting the ideas). John Wooden said something (my boss is homies with him and gives me his books and crap—I hate UCLA) that was very important. He said you can’t treat every player the same on a team and he gave an anecdote of what he would do or what he did different with one of his star players versus his normal contributors when they made the same mistake in the game. And his reasoning was because you have to feed the hunger in the star or you’ll lose him. It’s a mental thing. (I paraphrasing but you get my drift). Reggie is a star, is he above the team? No. But you can’t take him out of the game because he makes a mistake. You put him back in there until he gets it. Against Buffalo Bush was killing it in the first half, then PT is put in when the D is tired and of course he kills it. Bush could’ve done that. “But he can’t run between the tackles” like I heard it said, is just a faddish thing. You hear it once and you repeat it. I’ve seen the kid do it. Go google Reggie vs. Giants or Seattle or San Francisco… Payton needs to give his star the ball more consistently if he wants to see him produce.
Yeah I know Reggie is getting touches in Punt returns and receiving but you’re paying him $53 million for running the ball too. His USC highlights are mostly from runs. And why so sporadically.
I’ve never seen more fair-weather fans in my life. Red Cheese is hailed one week and the next week he’s hated. Stick with a player for a second; not doing so is how you run someone out of town. Don’t get me wrong, Bush definitely has some room to grow, but he’s the best athlete on the team and you want to boo him like he took steroids or something… It’s coaching in my opinion. Best athlete on the team and you don’t even run plays for him consistently? And where’s the draws, the delays, where’s an actual route taking him past 10 yards from scrimmage? Mark my words people; unless Payton is doing this to preserve him for later in the season, then this isn’t going to sit right, if he has any sense he’s got to preserve his career before it’s too late. I’m telling you, maybe at a lesser price but another team will pick him up and he’s only 24 he can get a good contract after a year of living up to the hype even with the short shelf life of RB’s.