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Reggie Bush says Saints can go undefeated

It took six games for folks to widely accept the reality that the Saints are really, really good.

One of their biggest-name players has embraced it, too.

Appearing on Sporting News Radio’s The Monty Show, running back Reggie Bush was asked whether the Saints can go undefeated. 

And Bush thinks they can.

“Can we go undefeated?” Bush said.  “Yes.  I do think we have the players, the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, the coaching staff, we have the players.”

Then again, Bush’s opinion needs to be put in perspective.  When discussing the criticism he has faced since entering the NFL and not performing like this generation’s Gale Sayers, Bush seemed to predict that he’ll eventually be named the league’s MVP.

“Once I do win an NFL MVP, once we do win a Super Bowl, once I am in the Pro Bowl, it’s going to be that much more special because of all the criticism that I had to come through and because of the work I’ve put into it, it’ll mean that much more to me and I’ll appreciate it more,” Bush said.

Though the Saints currently have the inside track to the NFC Championship, Bush has a long way to go to draw a single MVP vote.

He has 175 yards rushing (3.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.  He also has 144 yards receiving, and zero scores.  And he’s averaging a paltry 4.1 yards on punt returns.

So the Saints are very, very good.  And their achievement is even more impressive in light of the fact that they used the second overall pick in the 2006 draft on a glorified third-down back.

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61 Responses to “Reggie Bush says Saints can go undefeated”
  1. ANUoldman says: Oct 28, 2009 7:47 AM

    glorified 3rd down back is about right….. its amazing he still has a job….

  2. jliskiew says: Oct 28, 2009 7:53 AM

    I think the Saints are simply being smart and saving Bush for the playoff run. Thomas and Bell are getting all the carries (as they should), and come playoffs, they will start using Reggie in the same capacity as they did his rookie year.
    Bush is way off base to think he will ever be league MVP playing the role he does, but a healthy Reggie Bush in the playoffs playing the Wes Welker position is a scary thought for teams already with their hands full when they play the Saints…

  3. chapnasty says: Oct 28, 2009 7:53 AM

    The Saints are great, Reggie Bush is terrible and quite possibly the biggest draft/hype bust of all time. Yes, of all time. This guy was said to be the best thing the NFL had ever seen. He has been nothing short of terrible and a let down. Isn’t he #3 on the depth chart? Hey Reggie, just because you bang hot women doesn’t mean you are a great NFL RB. You were great in college, probably the most exciting of all time, but you are no NFL player.

  4. PervyHarvin says: Oct 28, 2009 7:54 AM

    LOL Eggie Douche should just shut up and enjoy the ride his team is on.Going undefeated should be the last thing on his mind. As far as MVP, dude,pull that head out of your ass. You couldn’t be MVP of the Saints. Can you say Brees or Sharper?

  5. JerseyJints says: Oct 28, 2009 7:56 AM

    I have all the respect for the Saints squad this year, however Bush is the third best RB on that team. He needs to shut the fck up because he is neither a leader nor big contributor on that team. If I were him I wouldn’t hold my breath on that MVP award.

  6. leftdust says: Oct 28, 2009 7:58 AM

    Are you saying Bush is better than Erric Pegram?

  7. Deegizzle says: Oct 28, 2009 8:01 AM

    How did I know that this “news” would turn into a Reggie Bush bash fest?

  8. gbditka says: Oct 28, 2009 8:04 AM

    The question was “CAN” you go undefeated to which Reggie got the answer correct as the Saints have a perfect record. Had he been asked “WILL” you go undefetaed, then you may have a story worth posting based on his response. As for Reggie’s skill set, he’d better thank his lucky stars he’s in New Orleans with Sean Payton calling plays as he would be labeled “BUST” if on just about any other offense in the NFL.

  9. Lombardi 6 says: Oct 28, 2009 8:04 AM

    Stay away from the white ho’s and you’ll be fine Reggie..

  10. nohio says: Oct 28, 2009 8:05 AM

    Leauge MVP? He’s not the MVP on his own team. Drew Brees is the heart and soul of that football team. Bush is just another over-hyped player out of USC.

  11. metmac says: Oct 28, 2009 8:09 AM

    Who listens to sporting news radio? More importantly, who listens to Reggie Bush, other than other teams looking for bulletin board material? Reggie Bush is a BUST, if he was a quarterback he’d be Ryan Leaf II. Although an amazing athlete, he is not physically or mentally tough enough for the NFL. Did anyone see his pass blocking skills against the Dolphins…?

  12. firesnake says: Oct 28, 2009 8:10 AM

    Thanks Reggie for giving us some extra motivation before the game.
    Regards, Bill Belichick

  13. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 28, 2009 8:16 AM

    Keyshawn Johnson laughs at this guys arrogance.

  14. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Oct 28, 2009 8:18 AM

    Every year, the Texans front office that drafted Mario Williams looks smarter and smarter.
    I remember when the entire football community released a collective “WHAT THA?!” when they chose Williams over Bush.

  15. TheDPR says: Oct 28, 2009 8:19 AM

    They *can* go undefeated but they won’t. After watching the Patriots failed Super Bowl bid for a perfect season, I’m not sure they should want to.
    *If* they’re 14-0 in December they need to treat the last two games like preseason. Get Brees a handful of reps and get him out of the game.
    I expect they’ll drop one in the division at some point anyway. Most teams do.

  16. biglebronski10 says: Oct 28, 2009 8:25 AM

    And again, a guy that does almost nothing for his team speaking out of turn.

  17. Monstersport says: Oct 28, 2009 8:25 AM

    When the season come along, Reggie will be on special team. Oh he’s still have a lot of talent to play balls with Kim K. on the porn video.

  18. FireJerryJones says: Oct 28, 2009 8:27 AM

    Nobody’s ‘watched’ the team more than him. He should know.
    He’d better watch what he asks for here.
    I don’t think anybody wants to watch Mercury Morris being interviewed again in January.

  19. Quagmire says: Oct 28, 2009 8:28 AM

    “Once I do win an NFL MVP”:
    Pigs will fly
    The DMV will have great customer service
    Bill Gates will be homeless
    My Heisman won’t be tarnished

  20. red13 says: Oct 28, 2009 8:32 AM

    He also said people need to quit comparing him to Mario Williams, because it’s not a fair comparison. How about comparing him to the other RBs taken after him in the 2006 draft, like Addai, Moroney, DeAngelo Williams, MJD, LeDale White, Jerious Norwood, and Leon Washington? Fair comparisons and he doesn’t stack up. Reggie seems like a nice guy, but Pro Bowl and MVP are pipe dreams.

  21. sim448 says: Oct 28, 2009 8:52 AM

    hey florio, why does everything he says have to turn into a digfest for you? i still think he is the next tiki barber, slow start, and it will click. YOU picked the redskins to win the super bowl. anything you say now should come with a disclaimer”he picked the 09 redskins as world champs”. you are like the opposite costanza episode. everything you say, i do the opposite and it works.

  22. DeluxeReverb says: Oct 28, 2009 8:53 AM

    To justify his ridiculous paychecks, Reggie Bush is overcompensating by cranking the hype machine.

  23. Ceedub says: Oct 28, 2009 9:00 AM

    Reggie Bush league MVP? I have a better chance of winning the lottery.

  24. overkil2 says: Oct 28, 2009 9:02 AM

    “WeMissYouDan says:
    October 28, 2009 8:18 AM
    Every year, the Texans front office that drafted Mario Williams looks smarter and smarter.
    I remember when the entire football community released a collective “WHAT THA?!” when they chose Williams over Bush.

    I was thinking the exact same thing.
    Also if I have to take him or Ronnie Brown who was also the #2 overall pick, I would take Ronnie Brown.

  25. daveomcd says: Oct 28, 2009 9:02 AM

    I’d take Bush over Moroney, White, Norwood, and Washington.
    People’s expectations are too high. The guy is a very talented player, that makes some amazing plays. He’s just never going to be what everyone wants/thinks he should be.

  26. Patches O'Houlahan says: Oct 28, 2009 9:12 AM

    Reggie Bush is still in the NFL?

  27. whywerule says: Oct 28, 2009 9:21 AM

    The Saints only have four games left in the regular season that, on paper, look to be competitive. Two against the Falcons, and a game against the Pats and Cowboys. And with three of those games at home for the Saints, including, obviously, the Pats game on 11/30, that should give them a good shot at regular season undefeated.

  28. red13 says: Oct 28, 2009 9:24 AM

    daveomcd
    Remember, he’s getting paid a lot (lot!) more than those guys. For the relative salaries, I’d take every one of them ahead of Bush. I’m not a hater, just realistic.

  29. Steeler4life says: Oct 28, 2009 9:38 AM

    @daveomcd
    Those guys don’t make close to the amount of money that Reggie Bush makes. Reggie is the same type back as a couple of them. He is way OVERPAID. The expectations should be high. He was the second overall pick.
    I rather have a RB that can run for over 1200 yards/year than a guy who makes a couple of amazing plays in a year. He will never be the MVP of the league or the Saints.

  30. chapnasty says: Oct 28, 2009 9:39 AM

    @ daveomcd
    Do you by any chance work for Dan Snyder? That had to be dumbest and least football talent backed up statement I have ever heard.
    Reggie Bush:
    Rushing:
    Yards: 1725
    Att: 463
    Avg: 3.7
    TD: 15
    Receiving:
    Yards: 1743
    TD: 8
    Leon Washington:
    Rushing:
    Yards: 1782
    Att: 370
    Avg: 4.8
    TD: 13
    Receiving:
    Yards: 969
    TD: 2
    Pretty comparable statistically, I will give you that, but did anyone know who Leon Washington was going into the draft? Does Leoon Washington cost his team nearly as much as Bush? The point is is that Bush was supposed to be this super hero. He isn’t.

  31. DanSnyder says: Oct 28, 2009 9:40 AM

    sim448 says: October 28, 2009 8:52 AM
    “hey florio, why does everything he says have to turn into a digfest for you? i still think he is the next tiki barber, slow start, and it will click. YOU picked the redskins to win the super bowl. anything you say now should come with a disclaimer”he picked the 09 redskins as world champs”. you are like the opposite costanza episode. everything you say, i do the opposite and it works.”
    Actually he picked the Steelers to win the superbowl.

  32. bspurloc says: Oct 28, 2009 9:40 AM

    Ever since Bush blew out his knee they stopped using him for quick screen passes where he was destroying the defenses……….
    Check out last year the first 3 to 4 games…..
    Reggie Bush top running back top receiver in all the games, then bam goes the knee

  33. Steeler4life says: Oct 28, 2009 9:55 AM

    @bspurloc
    “Reggie Bush top running back top receiver in all the games, then bam goes the knee”
    ___________________________________
    Where can I buy some of that crack you are smoking?

  34. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 28, 2009 10:03 AM

    He needs to stop running out of bounds and avoiding contact before he talks.

  35. purpleguy says: Oct 28, 2009 10:10 AM

    Why does anyone even care what this 3rd down back says?

  36. NFL Spin Zone says: Oct 28, 2009 10:18 AM

    Sure they could. But I mean, what else do you want him to say? No we won’t go undefeated. Of course he’ll say that.

  37. scomibord says: Oct 28, 2009 10:27 AM

    Let me begin by saying I am a diehard Who Dat for more than 40 years. What everyone doesn’t realize is that Reggie pulls double teams from Colston, Shockey, Moore & Devery Henderson. I understand he is an expensive decoy. But, the man DOES produce. Now I also realize, as his cap number for next year will be more than Drew; he will most likely be gone from the roster. Reggie never made the hype, the hype came from the media. They dubbed him the next…(whatever they were dubbing him). Has he met those lofty expectations? You tell me, how can a 5’10” 180lb running back rule the league??? Think about it!!!

  38. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 28, 2009 10:29 AM

    Reggie Bush likes him some Reggie Bush. It comes from being an over hyped USC player. Is he overpaid? Yes. Was he drafted higher than what would be warranted based on his draft position and production as a player? Yes.
    Is he a bust, meaning that he is no good? No. Can he make plays that few players can make? Yes. (Did you see the TD against the Dolphins where he launched himself into the air from the six yard line and stretched his right arm and ball over the pylon? Maybe two or three other NFL players could do that!)
    Will he ever be League MVP? I don’t think so. Will he ever lead the league in rushing? Not a chance. Can he have a very productive career and “help” his team win multiple playoff games and possibly a Super Bowl or two? Yes. And in the end that is all that really matters.
    And on the question of “can” the Saints go undefeated? What do you expect him to say? No, we can’t? They have not lost a game yet. Only three teams, as of now, “can” go undefeated in the 2009 season. The other 29 teams have all lost a game. If the Saints take care of the Falcons this week, convincingly, then multiple media types will be speculating as to whether the Saints can or will go undefeated. The schedule lines up for them and if they keep winning they will be favored in every game they play. And will be favored by double digits in most of the games.
    When you look at the Saints running backs consider that they are paying and playing three backs, Bush, Thomas and Bell. And when you consider their backfield as a whole they are not overpaying for the package. They are just overpaying one guy.

  39. Boudin says: Oct 28, 2009 10:43 AM

    doesn’t contribute and he’s a bust?
    he’s got three touchdowns for the year, just like practically everyone else on the Saints. the only person with more is Marques Colston with five.
    “Bush is the main back in the two-minute and four-minute offenses and multiple-receiver sets. Blessed with big early leads, the Saints have relied on those packages less than ever this season. Instead of throwing check-down passes to Bush in the fourth quarter, Brees is handing the ball to Bell to finish lopsided victories.”
    ps. check the cover of your newest issue of SI for a great picture of his 18 foot leap into the endzone…

  40. db3300 says: Oct 28, 2009 10:44 AM

    “Hey Reggie, just because you bang hot women doesn’t mean you are a great NFL RB.”
    Hot women?
    Going undefeated: Well, you almost got rolled by the Dolphins. And considering that half of the defense are Dallas castoffs and playing over their heads for the moment, I just don’t think a scrub should be talking about going undefeated. That’s the kind of remark a stupid rookie would make.

  41. mwcarolina says: Oct 28, 2009 10:51 AM

    undeafted, wont happen, no one will do that….super bowl, i could see since they are a great team, Bush MVP if that happens then the Redskins go to the playoffs, Jamarcus Russell throws 8 touchdown passes in one game and the Memphis Grizzlies are the best NBA team, sorry but the MVP for the Saints is Brees, Bush isnt even the best running back on his team.

  42. Just Drew It! says: Oct 28, 2009 10:57 AM

    People who say Reggie is a bust doesn’t know football, or ever watch him play. Even when he doesn’t touch the ball, he makes an impact on the game by affecting defenses.
    2006 : 1300 yds and 9 td’s
    2007 : 970 tds and 6 td’s
    2008 : 844 yds and 9 TD’s (in only 10 games)
    2009 : 319 yds and 3 TD’s
    This is the first year he hasn’t produced much, and that’s because our offense is so good, everybody is open downfield. Does he complain? No! He just does what he can, which is score 2 td’s over 9 attempts in two games.
    Is he as good as the hype? maybe not. But I blame the idiots who bought into the hype before he played an NFL snap.
    Is he a bust? Absotely not, and if you believe so, you my friend are a moron.

  43. realityonetwo says: Oct 28, 2009 10:58 AM

    Will he ever be League MVP? I don’t think so. Will he ever lead the league in rushing? Not a chance. Can he have a very productive career and “help” his team win multiple playoff games and possibly a Super Bowl or two? Yes. And in the end that is all that really matters.

    But, SF Saints Fan, that’s not what Reggie said. Reggie said “Reggie is the best player in the league. Reggie is headed for the hall…”

  44. Deb says: Oct 28, 2009 11:04 AM

    biglebronski10 says:
    “And again, a guy that does almost nothing for his team speaking out of turn.”
    ——————————————–
    Exactly what I was thinking! Given the Saints’ accomplishments this year, you’d think they could interview a more accomplished player.
    His answer to “could you go undefeated” was appropriate–the Broncs and Colts should be thinking the same way. But the stuff about himself, considering his disappointing career thus far … well, maybe it’s positive thinking but it comes across as delusional and egomaniacal. He needs to focus on achieving greatness instead of achieving stardom.

  45. daffy87 says: Oct 28, 2009 11:42 AM

    He had a very Vince Young’esque quote. Remember when Vince said he was going to be the next black quarterback to win a superbowl and he was going to be in the hall of fame. Reggie Bush is a moron. He’s about the 5th most important person on their offense. And he complains about the criticism…well…you were draft #2 overall….as a runningback….and you stink at running the ball. You’re a scat back and nothing more.

  46. urworstnitemare says: Oct 28, 2009 11:48 AM

    Steeler4life ,
    @bspurloc is on some hind of hallucingenic thats a fact.
    I’m not sure, but wasn’t Willie Parker the leading rusher until his injury last year?

  47. chapnasty says: Oct 28, 2009 12:07 PM

    @ Deb
    I dont know if the media went to him to be interviewed or if he found some way to be interviewed because he noticed that no one gave a damn about his contributions to this team until he leaped into the endzone, which by the way is the only thing he can do well (now if he could only do it more often). This guy is an attention whore and will do anything for the publicity and when he noticed that the team is playing well without him contributing too much he obviously didnt like it and wanted to make sure people didnt forget about him

  48. grendel says: Oct 28, 2009 12:08 PM

    I hope this is printed out and taped up in the Falcon’s locker room… “Look guys… Reggie Bush is saying the Saints can beat you not once, at home, but twice, including in our house…”

  49. Just Drew It! says: Oct 28, 2009 12:28 PM

    # realityonetwo says: October 28, 2009 10:58 AM

    But, SF Saints Fan, that’s not what Reggie said. Reggie said “Reggie is the best player in the league. Reggie is headed for the hall…”
    ——————————————–
    No, that’s not what he said. He said he will win an MVP, Super Bowl, and go to the Pro Bowl. What’s wrong with that? Would you rather him not expect to be great. Should he just give up now?
    Stop hating on Reggie because you wish your team had him. If the Saints cut Reggie right now, there would be a royal rumble of 30 teams wanting his services.

  50. Just Drew It! says: Oct 28, 2009 12:33 PM

    @chapnasty:
    attention whore?!? Reggie is one of the most quiet people on the team. Maybe off the field, with his social life, he likes the cameras, but not on the field.
    I sometimes wonder if the people on this site keep up with football or if they just come on here and complain.

  51. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 28, 2009 12:39 PM

    realityonetwo:
    “But, SF Saints Fan, that’s not what Reggie said. Reggie said “Reggie is the best player in the league. Reggie is headed for the hall…””
    I agree. The guy has delusions of grandeur. As I wrote:
    “Reggie Bush likes him some Reggie Bush. It comes from being an over hyped USC player.”
    The guy thinks he is better than what he is. But that doesn’t discount that he is pretty damned good and does present some major match up problems when he comes out of the backfield as a receiver. MVP…..Never, HOF…….Not a chance, Productive player who helps his team win……. Without a Doubt!
    The big question is whether he will take a pay cut next year to stay with the team, because no way do I pay the guy more than Drew Brees. He may be trade bait next year if he doesn’t take a pay cut.
    And yes, the Saints can go undefeated. I don’t think they will, but I also didn’t think they would win the Miami game when they were down 24-3.

  52. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 28, 2009 1:52 PM

    realityonetwo:
    “But, SF Saints Fan, that’s not what Reggie said. Reggie said “Reggie is the best player in the league. Reggie is headed for the hall…””
    I agree. The guy has delusions of grandeur. As I wrote:
    “Reggie Bush likes him some Reggie Bush. It comes from being an over hyped USC player.”
    The guy thinks he is better than what he is. But that doesn’t discount that he is pretty damned good and does present some major match up problems when he comes out of the backfield as a receiver. MVP…..Never, HOF…….Not a chance, Productive player who helps his team win……. Without a Doubt!
    The big question is whether he will take a pay cut next year to stay with the team, because no way do I pay the guy more than Drew Brees. He may be trade bait next year if he doesn’t take a pay cut.
    And yes, the Saints can go undefeated. I don’t think they will, but I also didn’t think they would win the Miami game when they were down 24-3.

  53. Deb says: Oct 28, 2009 2:18 PM

    @urworstnightmare …
    Parker was the NFL’s leading rusher the year before last (07) until he broke his leg five games before the end of the season.

  54. Jayzer says: Oct 28, 2009 2:59 PM

    I will say, I am glad he is a bust on the team I am a huge fan of. I still see him as a threat to score on any given play.

  55. Mike D. says: Oct 28, 2009 3:18 PM

    I have never seen a team as incapable of using its most talented player consistently as the Saints. They use him as a decoy more than anything else. Notice when they complete a long ball down the field, or over the middle that Bush has a linebacker, and/or a safety, tracking him, which opens up the field. When they call a play for him straight ahead, he always gains yardage. The only time they give him the ball are on long tosses with only wide receivers blocking for him. Those 10-15 yard runs by Thomas and Bell would be 30-40 yard runs if the same plays were called and the same holes were opened up for Bush. Us long-time Raider fans know that the really explosive backs will lose yardage, or gain very little, on several plays in a row before busting a long one. Unfortunately, Bush gets a few carries and when he doesn’t break one, he’s deemed a failure. Kind of not fair.

  56. scomibord says: Oct 28, 2009 4:15 PM

    realityonetwo:
    “But, SF Saints Fan, that’s not what Reggie said. Reggie said “Reggie is the best player in the league. Reggie is headed for the hall…””
    I’ve read a couple of your posts on this, and nowhere is there a quote from Reggie claiming to be the best player in the league. Why don’t you make sure of your facts before making yourself look like an IDIOT!!! Don’t hate beacause he made your team look like the bumbling losers that they are with a 16 foot diving acrobatic touchdown. Who F*&%ing dat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. void777 says: Oct 28, 2009 8:16 PM

    To all the Reggie Bush haters I for one as a Saints fan am proud he’s a Saint and though he’s well paid he don’t act like a diva this is a team and plays the way the coachs ask him to (decoy) receiver, running back without complaining like some you do!!!!

  58. void777 says: Oct 28, 2009 8:19 PM

    To all the Reggie Bush haters I for one as a Saints fan am proud he’s a Saint and though he’s well paid he don’t act like a diva this is a team and plays the way the coachs ask him to (decoy) receiver, running back without complaining like some you do!!!!

  59. chapnasty says: Oct 29, 2009 6:04 AM

    @ just drew it
    I was making a general statement about him being obsessed with being in the news, tabloids etc. Obviously that referrs to him on and off the field. Who is an attention whore on the field? idiot.

  60. urworstnitemare says: Oct 29, 2009 9:32 AM

    @Deb,
    Thank you

  61. mwcarolina says: Oct 29, 2009 11:55 PM

    People who say Reggie is a bust doesn’t know football, or ever watch him play
    I watch him, he isnt that great, if he was a wide reciever or got switched to that postition then no he isnt bad, but if he stays at running back he is another Michael Vick, great athlete playing out of position, he cant run the ball like a professional running back, he was hyped as the next Marshall Faulk, i dont think he is an attention hog, but he is VERY wrong on thinking he will win MVP unless he changes and turns into Brian Westbrook overnight, that is the guy i thought he would be like, so far he hasnt, as for the Saints, they look like the best team, it is hard to go undeafted in this league though, the patroits tried and lost the big game.

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