The League

Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Not Overrated, Oft-Injured


Reggie Bush returns to Chicago tonight for his first game at Soldier field since the NFC Championship in 2006. Despite the blowout loss that day, Bush finished off one of the most exciting playoff touchdown receptions with his flip into the endzone. It was incredible. The Saints lost that game, the height of their franchise achievements, and have since fallen back to an average team. They were 7-9 last year, and despite their current 7-6 status, New Orleans is in sole position of last place in the NFC South. So why the sudden return to mediocrity?

Clearly stated, the Saints are not the same franchise without Reggie Bush. He is one of the biggest playmakers in the NFL, when he's healthy. But that's been the biggest concern with Bush in his short NFL career. He missed four games in 2007 and has missed four games to date this year. That's already half an NFL season he's failed to play in. So, there's no question when healthy, Bush is a supremely unique playmaker capable of taking his team to the next level. Except, New Orleans can't count on him staying on the football field. That's a major problem.

The excitement Reggie Bush provided for the Saints franchise and entire New Orleans community post-Katrina cannot be overstated. That alone elevates Bush's worth to the team and the league. He's proven in short time that he's far from overrated when on the football field. Now if only he could stay there.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  December 11, 2008; 1:32 PM ET  | Category:  New Orleans Saints , Reggie Bush Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
Previous: Oddly Positioned Player | Next: Are the Dallas Cowboys Done?

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company