Earlier today I posted an NFC South blog about how New Orleans coach Sean Payton is trying to keep everybody grounded despite the Saints’ 6-0 start.
I didn’t plan on following up right away. But I just found out Reggie Bush opened his mouth, which of course made my day and probably ruined Payton’s.
Bush, who has gone the wrong way in his career — from the second overall pick to a role player — predicted the Saints can go 16-0 this season. He also sort of predicted he’s going to win an MVP award, a Super Bowl and play in the Pro Bowl.
To think, when he reunited recently with underground porn queen Kim Kardashian, I figured that would be the dumbest decision he ever made.
According to a recap on ProFootballTalk.com, Bush appeared on SportingNewsRadio’s, “The Monty Show.” The show’s host set up Bush by asking him if he believed the Saints could go 16-0.
Rather than do the smart thing and issue the one-game-at-a-time ramblings coaches like to preach, Bush responded: “Can we go undefeated? Yes. I do think we have the players, the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, the coaching staff, we have the players.”
OK. It’s not loud and obnoxious. But it’s the kind of statement that can come back to haunt a guy. And a team.
Bush, who hasn’t been nearly the star most projected, also was asked about criticism he has faced since coming into the NFL in 2006.
Answer: “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.”
For what it’s worth, there was an interesting blog this morning by Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. It addresses Bush’s significantly reduced role in the Saints’ high-octane offense. The running back had only six touches (three runs, three receptions) in New Orleans’ 46-34 win over Miami Sunday. His 10.5 offensive touches per game this season represent a career low, down from 15.8, 19.3 and 15.8in his first three seasons.
On the bright side, he dined with Kardashian at Cafe Martorano in Fort Lauderdale this weekend and made the Sports Illustrated cover, scoring a touchdown against the Dolphins.
By the way, my industry sources tell me that poor Kimmie was feeling very down and alone after her sister, Khloe, married Lamar Odom, and her other sister, Kourtney, announced she was pregnant. So she flew to New Orleans following Khloe’s wedding to reunite with Bush.
See. You get it all here.