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Michael Bush isn't going anywhere

Teams will probably continue to call the Raiders about the availability of running back Michael Bush, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.

But for the first time in his Raiders career, it’s clear that Bush is staying put.  “There’s no chance” Bush will be dealt, as Al Davis would insist on first-round compensation in return.

Tom Cable talked about opening up the running back position to competition early in the offseason, and he’s stayed true to his word.  Bush has received first team reps alongside Darren McFadden, and seems to have a good chance to start. 

The Raiders situation is reminiscent of the Saints backfield. McFadden is Reggie Bush, the overhyped top-five pick that is a quality role player and factor in the passing game. 

Michael Bush is more like Pierre Thomas, the less costly back that is more trustworthy and ultimately more valuable.

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35 Responses to “Michael Bush isn't going anywhere”
  1. Raidersfan52 says: May 23, 2010 6:43 PM

    Hue Jackson knows exactly how to use his running backs and he is going to maximize the talents of DMC and Bush this year. With Jackson running the offense I would not be surprised to see Bush and DMC both get to 1000+ all purpose yards now that Russell is out of the picture.

  2. Raider3:16 says: May 23, 2010 6:45 PM

    You are taking allot of liberties with the article McDonald wrote. Of course that’s what you do isn’t it>

  3. Bisons says: May 23, 2010 6:45 PM

    So TRUE! Reggie Bush IMO is one of the biggest busts of all time. He had way more hype than Mandarich and Leaf. Reggie’s career would have already been over had he played for a diffrent team.

  4. metaldeth says: May 23, 2010 6:49 PM

    Michael Bush is a stud

  5. cookiecrumbs says: May 23, 2010 6:51 PM

    Disgusting cheap shot at Reggie Bush, a baller, gamer, and Super Bowl Champ. And Michael Bush can’t hold Pierre Thomas’ jock.

  6. raidersteve413 says: May 23, 2010 6:54 PM

    yeah regiie bush is THE biggest bust in history, but he was on a good team and the whole katrina thing so the media will be hush hush, if it was the raiders though it would be front page news on PFT AND ESPN, ECT

  7. Tim says: May 23, 2010 6:54 PM

    Reggie Bush is a dud

  8. Nola North says: May 23, 2010 7:09 PM

    Really Reggie went to a good team? Ya I guess so, most teams draft in the top ten for consecutive years because there good teams!! We were horrible and now (because of the talents and presence Reggie brings to the #1 offenses since hes been in the league) WERE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS and well Oakland well they might soon be LA again!! And I would like to see that other bush try and do what the PT cruiser does in crunch time and that’s score TD’s.
    Oh and for the queens out there, put your prince fight song back on because the Who Dat is waiting for ya 9/9

  9. hey804 says: May 23, 2010 7:09 PM

    Have you fools not seen Reggie Bush’s NFL highlight reel? It’s sick. He may not put up big numbers over the course of a season and he may be overpaid, but there are certain plays only a handful of guys(i.e. D. Jackson, C. Johnson) can make on the football field and he’s one of those guys. To call him one of the biggest busts in NFL history is just ignorant. Saints may not have a Lombardi without his services.

  10. irishsamurai says: May 23, 2010 7:15 PM

    reggie bush is far from a bust,he might not fit into the stereotypical rb role,but he is a dangerous weapon on offense and special teams,he did alot in the playoffs last year on his way to win a superbowl

  11. curtj5 says: May 23, 2010 7:16 PM

    Well Reggie ain’t an every down back and has failed to live up to the hype, but I don’t see him as a total bust. Are you guys forgetting the big plays he busted off last year as a receiver/running back… The guy is a great, athletic second option to have in your offense.

  12. armed and hammered says: May 23, 2010 7:16 PM

    a

  13. cookiecrumbs says: May 23, 2010 7:17 PM

    Reggie Bush…..4 years, 4000 total offensive yards, 4.0 rush average, 260 Receptions, 32 TD’s, spectacular scoring plays, Super Bowl Champion.
    As for the Raidess, we all hope Al Davis lives another 200 years.

  14. IanWhetstone says: May 23, 2010 7:17 PM

    What exactly has Michael Bush ever done to merit comparison to Pierre Thomas? (Or even to Reggie Bush, for that mattter.)

  15. Warpstone says: May 23, 2010 7:23 PM

    This isn’t surprising for anyone who’s watched the Raiders for the last few years. If Bush had had a QB who could have offered even a mediocre threat to opposing secondarys, he would have seen far more plays for solid runs between the tackles.
    Mcfadden falls over at the slightest touch, Fargas was always one hit away from breaking down and Bush has been about the only Raider back who had any game controlling performances in the post-Gruden era.

  16. Bisons says: May 23, 2010 7:27 PM

    The Saints offense has made Reggie look WAY better then he is. Imagine if he played for a crappy team.

  17. BUTT NAKED RAIDERS FAN says: May 23, 2010 7:30 PM

    McFadden is not a bust. They would stack the box against run because they knew Russell would make a bad throw or just sack himself. As long as Michael Bush can keep his weight down, he will be a monster.

  18. curtj5 says: May 23, 2010 8:02 PM

    “The Saints offense has made Reggie look WAY better then he is. Imagine if he played for a crappy team. ”
    Ya. Imagine if Randy Moss played for a crappy team. Like the Raiders.

  19. curtj5 says: May 23, 2010 8:04 PM

    The jury is still out on McFadden. Now that the Raiders have a real offensive coordinator we’ll see if they can use him in a way that suites hit abilities in the NFL.

  20. stadanko says: May 23, 2010 8:06 PM

    Pierre and Reggie WAY > than Bush and McFadden.

  21. Ray Guy says: May 23, 2010 8:18 PM

    # curtj5 says: May 23, 2010 8:02 PM
    “Ya. Imagine if Randy Moss played for a crappy team. Like the Raiders.”
    ____________________________________
    And didn’t I see you wearing a paper sack over your head not too many years ago?

  22. jb10 says: May 23, 2010 8:23 PM

    mcfadden is as soft as butter. i hope that bush does start and gets most of the carries.

  23. kliquid says: May 23, 2010 8:25 PM

    The amount of haterade that people drink about Reggie Bush is unbelievable. Just because some idiots thought he’d step in and RUSH for 2000 yards a season doesn’t mean that he’s a “bust.” He’s a very important part of the Saints’ offense, he’s an excellent returnman, and he is one of the best decoys in the entire league.
    I honestly cannot believe how many people legitimately believe that an NFL running back’s production has SO MUCH to do with the back himself.
    Put Darren McFadden on the Giants, Jets, Vikings, Titans; or another team with a commitment to the run and watch him run for 1,500 yards. The dude has talent. He has battled injury and he’s on the Raiders — a team that consistently drafts players like Darius Heyward-Bey, JaMarcus Russell, Fabian Washington and Michael Huff in the first round instead of getting players to bolster their offensive and defensive lines — which are where they are consistently getting beat on a yearly basis.
    Everyone said Cedric Benson was a “bust,” too. Then he ran for over 1,200 yards in only 13 games last year with the Bengals.
    The NFL is a situational league. Some guys are going to be more successful in certain offenses than others.
    And Gregg Rosenthal, Michael Bush was a later-round pick because he was coming off a terrible broken leg that cost him most of his final season at Louisville and was going to cost him his entire rookie season in the NFL. Everyone knew he had the TALENT to be good — he would’ve been at least a second rounder (probably a first rounder) if he was healthy.

  24. Bious says: May 23, 2010 8:29 PM

    I feel bad for McFadden
    The guy is a fantastic RB that could thrive alongside another RB
    He won’t ever be a pure Chris Johnson but he can be somehow who is a fantastic B RB

  25. TheRedBengal says: May 23, 2010 8:34 PM

    He’s being traded to the bengals for Chad Johnson and a 2nd round pick…oh wait, that was the rumor last year.

  26. SpankyMcWanky says: May 23, 2010 8:42 PM

    1) Those people saying Reggie Bush is a bust are morons. He’s not a traditional RB and he splits carries, but somehow he still finds ways to score. I truly wish all busts were like Reggie Bush, then the Saints would have had better teams throughout the years. He is a football weapon, plain and simple.
    2) I agree with the guy who said Michael Bush has done nothing to garner comparison to Pierre Thomas. Although I do think he has the capabilities to be a darn good RB. I look forward to see what he can do when defenses don’t focus ONLY on the running game.
    Some of you need to learn the difference between a bust and just being over-hyped because they are not the same thing.

  27. timegambit says: May 23, 2010 8:50 PM

    My teachers used to tell me the same damn thing.
    Don’t listen to ‘em Michael. You can be whatever you wanna be if you put your mind to it.

  28. bwisnasky says: May 23, 2010 9:26 PM

    What exactly has Michael Bush ever done to merit comparison to Pierre Thomas? (Or even to Reggie Bush, for that mattter.)
    ________________________
    Let’s see.. 2009 Stats….
    Pierre Thomas on the Superbowl Champion, complete New Oreans Saints team
    147 attempts, 793 yards, 5.4 average, 6 TD’s
    Michael Bush on the incompetently run Raider offense being guided by Jamarcus Russell for 10 games, as well as having an offensive game plan against the Browns that tells you to throw it 4 times from the one with Charlie Frye, than to take a chance and hand off to Bush who has been having a pretty solid game….
    123 attempts, 589 yards, 4.8 average, 3 TD’s
    Seems to me they are actually pretty similar, except one has the fortune of playing on a much more consistent team…..

  29. robert ethen says: May 23, 2010 9:54 PM

    A Bush in the hand is worth…..uh………… whatever…..

  30. Big Tex says: May 23, 2010 10:26 PM

    Until the Raiders fix the OL, it doesn’t matter who the RBs are. BTW, when was the last time the pile moved forward when McFadden hit it? That 1,000 yards in total offense for both Bush and McFadden is a dream.
    Interesting note from the Patriots after they cut Andrew Walter. They said he did about six different things wrong on every play and looked as if he hadn’t had adequate coaching.

  31. mcgr8569 says: May 23, 2010 11:07 PM

    The person who said something about Bush falling because of his injury is spot on. Dude has always been a STUD and a winner wherever he goes. Hell, he played QB in High School:
    http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=149738
    It’s a shame he’s on the Raiders, but they had a great draft and who knows what could happen? All hinges on the O-line

  32. Zach says: May 24, 2010 12:03 AM

    “1) Those people saying Reggie Bush is a bust are morons. He’s not a traditional RB and he splits carries, but somehow he still finds ways to score. ”
    No, he was the SECOND overall pick in the draft, and he’s getting paid over 8m this year. He’s a 3rd down back, and if you look
    He was the 3rd option running the ball
    -MIKE BELL had TWICE as many carries as Reggie Bush.

  33. drummer1279 says: May 24, 2010 12:26 AM

    I sure hope Bush starts, I like his tough downhill running. McFadden has his role and can be a star, but he hased to be used properly. He need’s to take pitches, screen passes, anything to get him out in space. He can’t run into the line like he does. Both RB’s could be very good if used to their strenghts.

  34. RaiderRich says: May 24, 2010 1:02 AM

    Michael Bush was a 1st round talent before he broke his leg vs Kentucky

  35. steely devil hab says: May 24, 2010 5:27 AM

    Zach says:
    May 24, 2010 12:03 AM
    “1) Those people saying Reggie Bush is a bust are morons. He’s not a traditional RB and he splits carries, but somehow he still finds ways to score. ”
    No, he was the SECOND overall pick in the draft, and he’s getting paid over 8m this year. He’s a 3rd down back, and if you look
    He was the 3rd option running the ball
    -MIKE BELL had TWICE as many carries as Reggie Bush.
    —————————–
    Yah – but he’s snogging a Kardashian (or was, or is, or will be again, or whatever…)
    Point is, that’s gotta be worth a few mil there, alone!
    ‘Sides – he can always go eat junk food/candy with his brother in law, Lamar Odom!
    Wash it all down with a couple purple dranks, as well…yum yum

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