He didn’t come right out and say it, but former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian danced awfully close to saying he thinks Reggie Bush is useless as a running back in the NFL. While making an appearance on Mike and Mike in the Morning, Bill Polian said that he doesn’t think Reggie Bush’s market is going to be as big as people think and then listed a laundry list of reasons why he thinks that.
“I don’t think he’s going to have that big a market, and I think the market is going to be lower than people might anticipate,” Polian said. “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 — although he tries hard, I’m not denigrating him in any way, his body isn’t built to do that. He’s really a specialized back at this stage.”
Bush is drawing interest from the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals and is favored to sign in one of those two places. Bush may end up being too rich for the Cardinals blood, but he fits their system perfectly, while the Lions are looking for a replacement for Jahvid Best who has proven to be a bust due to his struggles with concussions.
Before you pick apart Polian’s assessment of Bush, remember that the man values a good running back and knows what to look for in a successful one. Over his career in NFL front offices, Polian has spent draft picks on Edgerrin James, Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Tim Biakabutuka and Ronnie Harmon over the course of his career with the Colts, Panthers and Bills respectively.