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Bill Polian changes his tune on Reggie Bush

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Two days ago, former NFL General Manager Bill Polian said he didn’t think running back Reggie Bush was worth much in free agency. Today, after Bush signed with the Lions, Polian changed his tune.

Appearing on ESPN’s NFL Live, Polian was asked which of today’s free agent signings he liked the best, and he said Bush to Detroit will be a game changer.

“I like Reggie Bush,” Polian said. “And what it tells you is they’re going to be the Greatest Show on Turf. Think Marshall Faulk — because that’s the kind of back he really is.”

Polian, of course, is the man who traded Faulk from Indianapolis to St. Louis and allowed the Rams to build the Greatest Show on Turf offense. It’s a little strange to hear Polian use a player he traded away as the basis for comparison when singing the praises of another player whose value Polian was just minimizing two days ago. But it got even stranger.

Two days ago, Polian said of Bush, “He’s not a three-down back anymore. He’s got seven years in, that’s a lot of shelf life for a running back. He’s had injuries. He’s not a great blocker.”

Today, Polian said of Bush, “He’ll be a three-down back, there’s no two ways about it, because he can come out of the backfield in that spread that they use any time, and a quarterback will find him. He can run those choice routes. He can run the draw. He can do all of those things and he adds explosion to an offense that already had some.”

Why did Polian change his tune? Who knows? But Lions fans will have to hope Bill Polian on Wednesday was right, and Bill Polian on Monday was wrong.

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37 Responses to “Bill Polian changes his tune on Reggie Bush”
  1. jm91rs says: Mar 13, 2013 4:49 PM

    Ha. I wish I could make statements in my job and then 2 days later just tell everyone the complete opposite thing.

  2. scrummymustard says: Mar 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    Like I said before, Polian is a fraud.

  3. onebucplace says: Mar 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    While Polian is quite senile at this point he did have Edgerrin James in Indy. You should only take your shots on points that are valid.

  4. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    Greatest show on turf only won one Lombardi and barely. NFL front offices are just plain stupid.

  5. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    He’s the new Matt Millen.

  6. brianforster says: Mar 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    literally just a talking head at this point, there is no accountability

  7. jimbroney says: Mar 13, 2013 4:51 PM


  8. stillers1229 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    He changed his tune because he’s senile.

  9. justintuckrule says: Mar 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    old coot. Him and Gil Brandt need to be led to the glue factory.

  10. johnclaytonsponytail says: Mar 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    PC TV.

  11. catquick says: Mar 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    This will prop up his concussion lawsuit

  12. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    Reggie Bush will bring a lot to their locker room as well. Good fit for them with Leshoure.

  13. mattyk72 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    Polian sure is fitting in well in his media role.

  14. rolloxd says: Mar 13, 2013 4:53 PM

    what a tool. No wonder he got fired, pure FRAUD.

    Shut your pathetic mouth Polian.

  15. sundayisthebestday says: Mar 13, 2013 4:53 PM

    Bill is (or maybe was?) a football genius, but he’s always been able to talk out of both sides of his mouth. Not necessarily a bad thing for a GM, but promoting his son Chris led to his ultimate downfall in Indy.

  16. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    Is this the same clown that said he was going to trade Peyton Manning, no creditability!

  17. radioactivechimp says: Mar 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    I think people are finally starting to realize that Bill Polian has been highly overrated and having Peyton Manning for a decade is the only reason he’s gained a positive reputation.

  18. nflintheuk says: Mar 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    What was Domenik saying about Grigson the other day? “You got the first pick in the draft – you’re a genius for ten years” or something?

    Sounds like it applies to Polian too

  19. miriam45 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    Forget what Polian says.
    What the Lions get is a classy guy. Screens and swing passes, he’ll light it up. Fans will enjoy him a lot and as a Dolphin fan I’ll kiss him terribly and thank him for all the fond memories.

  20. mykl954 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    Both Polian and Parcells are dinosaurs whose relevancy ended about the same time GM killed The Oldsmobile. He let his son nepotistically run down the Colts either without a clue as to what was happening, or even worse, for the sake of keeping him employed.

    What’s likely occurred here is that someone with more contemporary expertise advised him to preemptively revise his first opinion for the sake of future credibility because once Reggie is successful (as he will be) Polian’s first damning judgment will continue to stalk him and his “expertise” like vaporized stench.

  21. wolverine69 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    maybe this is why polian is no longer a GM…..SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP

  22. thirtyrackdash says: Mar 13, 2013 4:55 PM

    Now that we know exactly where he’s going he is trying to say that Bush will be a 3 down back in THEIR offense because they pass on a 60% to 65% of their plays and don’t force it between the tackles. As he is not a current GM and was looking from a general point of view at the time, it was accurate of him to say that he would not be an everydown back because he probably wouldn’t be on a majority of teams.

  23. audioflint says: Mar 13, 2013 4:55 PM

    Greatest Show on Turf? Maybe. But a Megatron and Sound Wave show for sure (i.e. send Reggie in to survey how Calvin can destroy the defense).

  24. alildusty says: Mar 13, 2013 4:56 PM

    This is the most annoying thing when reading sports. Everyone freaking player is a “TOP 5 of their position” until they’re not then all of a sudden “They’re washed up.” Then a few days later or the next season they’re “Top 5 position” again.

    None of these guys have actual opinions or any backup to support their stance. Just all fluff and not a clue about what they’re talking about.

  25. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Mar 13, 2013 4:57 PM

    Nice back peddle Polian. I like this signing by the Lions. Reggie Bush will be another option in the backfield. Something that was sorely missing last season. Well done Mr Mayhew.

  26. FinFan68 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:57 PM

    It’s really looking like the talking heads at ESPN and NFLN are TOLD what their opinions are at any given time and they go in front of the camera and push the agenda. The opinions shift based on whatever the bosses think will generate more views/page clicks/attention.

  27. onebucplace says: Mar 13, 2013 5:00 PM

    Greatest show on turf scored 11 points in the NFC Championship game against the Bucs and needed the refs to hand them victory. Greatest fraud on earth would have been more like it. Also Kurt Warner’s wife looks like Mrs. Papadapolis – look it up if you don’t get the reference.

  28. harrin42 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:02 PM

    Polian just lost a ton of credibility in my book. and ESPN for allowing him to be such a hypocrite. Calling him out on it would make for better discussion/TV also.

  29. metrocritical says: Mar 13, 2013 5:02 PM

    Or fan everywhere can hope that someone would stop allowing Polian to make statements in a public forum altogether.

  30. kicksave1980 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:02 PM

    Comparing Reggie Bush to Marshall Faulk?! This is free comedy.

  31. blacknole08 says: Mar 13, 2013 5:03 PM

    He should have just stuck with what he said initially.

  32. terryleather says: Mar 13, 2013 5:04 PM

    Polian had nothing against Faulk, he just thought it would be cheaper to bring in a rookie. He was wrong, but it was a sound theory.

    And he didn’t change his tune about Bush. Bush just went to the one team that could use him as a three down player. He wouldn’t be on the field nearly as much if he had signed with any other team.

    But yeah, obviously a writer for an internet site and some fans know more than the guy that built teams that went to what, 6 Super Bowls?

  33. mrlaloosh says: Mar 13, 2013 5:19 PM

    I’ll have some of whatever Polian is using. Must be top shelf.

  34. gbmickey says: Mar 13, 2013 5:51 PM

    This is the guy who suggested to Irsay in 04 to trade Manning. They then win Super Bowl shortly thereafter. Surprised he kept his job.

  35. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 13, 2013 6:12 PM

    Sounds like he is scared to eat his own words after the Lions set some offensive yardage records. LOL

  36. Sometimes Interesting says: Mar 13, 2013 7:04 PM

    There are very few ex-players of my team I’ll follow and wish success upon after they leave.

    Reggie Bush is one of those players.

  37. mungman69 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:10 PM

    If u changed my tune as much as Poulin my boss would fire me too. Maybe then even I could work for espn.

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