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Bush Issues Challenge to Skip Bayless: Can the RB Be His Own Worst Enemy?

Since joining the the Saints as their #1 draft pick in 2006, Reggie Bush has managed to rush into the hearts of many in Who Dat Nation. I for one adore him and would love to see him stay with the team. I think he has been a vital part of the team’s success and will continue to do so if he remains in New Orleans. But I must admit that I am troubled by some of his actions as of late.

Earlier today via Twitter, Bush challenged ESPN analyst, Skip Bayless, to a one-on-one full gear battle with contact. Granted, it came after Bayless went on one of his tireless, overly-opinionated rants that questioned the running back’s work ethic and NFL performance.  Now, I don’t know what I would do if someone publicly attacked my work ethic and my job performance.  But I’m not a famous person, nor is my life constantly under scrutiny by millions of strangers (thank goodness).  

We’re talking about a prominent running back in the NFL though.  And this latest Twitter blunder comes just on the heel of yesterday’s tweets and the ambiguous one on draft day.  Reggie has to grow a thick skin  or else he is going to use Twitter to his demise;  many a career has been ruined by a lot less.  He needs to stop obsessing over what other people are saying about him and just bring it when he steps on the field.  Many Saints fans love and support him because they know that he has value as a player.  After all, how many players can say that they have whole pages in a playbook designed especially for them?  But these silly tweets as of late are hurting him and his image.  He needs to realize that even though Coach Payton and Drew Brees have both publicly come out and stated that the Saints still want him on the team, his future is still in limbo.  And even if another team does express interest in him, he should realize that the offensive scheme that the Saints have designed to include his unique skill set is the most ideal (for him) that he’s going to find. 

My advice to him is to revert his tweets back to idle chatter with his fans.  Up until this point, he really has been great to follow on Twitter.  Now, he’s become irrelevant.  He’s his own worst enemy right now because he doesn’t quite know how to handle his frustrations concerning the uncertainty of his career.  But look at it this way–a lot of analysts thought he wouldn’t be in the black and gold in 2010 because of salary issues; he was.  The Saints organization realize what a special player he is and they know just how to use him.  It doesn’t matter if they’d drafted two running backs, they like Reggie Bush in that front office. 

Reggie will be fine if he just ceases with this destructive behavior he’s exhibiting via Twitter.   And for the record, his work ethic should never be in question.  According to Coach Payton, Reggie came to him once and asked him what could he do to get better.  The coach told him a start would be to participate in the team’s offseason training program with the rest of his teammates.  He’s been consistently doing that every since.   His stats aren’t as bad as some would have you believe either.  So Reggie, keep your head up and your Twitter mouth closed.  Don’t ruin your career over nothing.


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