get used to it – there are going to be some reggie bush posts on this blog for awhile. he’s likely to run for longer than i blog – and run better than i type. i caught a few of the highlights last night and it was nothing spectacular, but it was exciting. why? bush is a classic runner with incredible balance. most runners have a dominant leg and can make powerful cuts off of that dominant leg. many runners run and make cuts with both feet (as in the jump cut) and lose acceleration in the process. barry sanders was unique because he made cuts with both feet, but seemed to gain speed through his cuts.
bush appears to be the same way. only last night, he did something you don’t see too often. he made a power cut off the wrong foot and slid between two defenders. he is faster than a cheetah and slipperier (is that a word?) than a greased up (pronounced greezed-up) pig. oh, and he’s got some pop too. bush ran by the cowboys’ faster defender, terrance newman, all game. newman runs around a 4.2/40. but a 4.2 won’t help you deal with all that shake and bake. bush’s agility makes a 4.2 slow down to a 4.5…and it makes a big men play on their heels – and that’s never pretty for the big fellas. it’s gonna be a beautiful thing.
the last highlight of bush featured another cutback run. on this one, he gets out to the right, slows down and moves quickly back toward his left. the only thing between him and the endzone was a defender chasing down the play from upfield. none of the defenders between bush and the endzone could have made a play.
that means two things: the saints offensive linemen will have an added incentive to block through the conclusion of a play. they cannot give up on a play and release their defenders until the whistle blows. coaches say it, but great players demand it. it also means that all 11 defenders have to respect what bush can do when he’s on the field. his mere presence will make defenders a step or two slower to cover deuce mcallister, joe horn and dante stallworth. if you miss a step with any of them, you can grab a seat on the bench – touchdown. i haven’t been this pumped about a player since the steelers drafted roethlisberger because i knew that a qb was all that separated them from another ring. bush is electric and will pay dividends in a hurry.