Is Reggie Bush good for the New Orleans Saints Running Game?

Tom ThomasonCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 11:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints is stopped as he runs with the ball by Danieal Manning #38 and Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 11, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The New Orleans saints may never be a good running team as long as Reggie Bush is the running back. 

Here's the dilemma, in order to have a dominant running back. You have to anoint him as the lead back. And with Reggie Bush you just can't do that. I mean you can call him that but he knows it isn't true. Bush knows that he is a third down scat back.

The dude has mad skills no doubt. He has great speed and can really catch the ball. You can use him at running back and wide receiver. Everytime he is on the field it forces the defense to pay attention. Not to mention, if he gets in the open field he is gone.

So what's the problem? He is a finesse player. In the NFL a running back must be able to pound the middle. Bush just doesn't have the size for this.

So what to do? You can't get rid of Reggie. The Saints have invested alot of money in the Heisman trophy winner and he's a favorite of Coach Payton. So they have to use another back. They have to use a bigger guy that can get short yardage.

Enter Pierre Thomas. He's a hard working fan favorite that works his butt off for every yard he gets. But let's face it, if coach Payton thought Thomas could get the job done, he would have been a starter already. Of course its possible Thomas could have a breakout year and really put that extra weight he added to good use.

Of course the mere fact that Sean Payton didn't draft a Running back may be a vote of confidence for his existing guys. Apparently Payton tried to snag Beanie Wells but couldn't get it done. Then there was the chance that the Saint would sign Edgerrin James.

I think in order to optimize the running game this year, The saints have to decide on who will be there man and stick with him. Whether it be Bush or Thomas. I think that if one of them knows he is the chosen one, it will make them work even harder to get the job done.

Personally I hope the main job goes to Pierre Thomas. He's tough, smart and athletic enough to rush for a 1,000 yards if given the chance. But knowing coach Payton, he wont make a decision that might hurt his Reggie boy's self esteem. I wonder if he even think about the running game anyway.