The stat line on the NFL.com play-by-play reads: R.Bush 46 yd. run (G.Hartley kick is good) Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards in 2:54.
This is who Reggie Bush is and teams in the playoffs should be scared he is fresh and has that USC explosiveness in his step. He’s the difference maker everyone thought he would be after being selected 2nd overall in the 2006 NFL Draft and the reason seems simple if you look at the numbers. He still touches the ball often each game when receptions and kick returns are factored in, but not running as often between the tackles has its advantages. Fewer carries around the big guys, means less wear and tear. Here’s a quick breakdown of his carries during his 4 year career and the relative yards per carry:
2006: 155 rushing attempts (3.6 yards per carry)
2007: 157 ATT (3.7 YPC)
2008: 106 ATT (3.8 YPC)
2009: 70 ATT (5.6 YPC)
Running back by committee is en vogue around the NFL, and as the rushing numbers show, Bush looks like one of the big winners from this tactic. And he just might help the Saints become the ultimate winner this postseason if he keeps running this hard and making huge plays with those fresh legs.