Will Reggie Bush Be a Stud or Dud in the Super Bowl?

T.Contributor IFebruary 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints scores a 5-yard touchdown reception in the 4th quarter against Tyrell Johnson #25 of the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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There is no question that New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush is a gifted athlete.

But for all of his physical skills, Bush has been largely inconsistent during his career as a professional athlete.

Huge things were expected from Bush after an explosive collegiate career at USC, but his career so far has fallen far short of expectations and has left many wondering how and why he has not been more productive in the NFL.

But he can erase all questions and criticism with a big game in the biggest game of them all: the Super Bowl.

After 60 minutes of the most watched football game in the world, will Reggie Bush be a Super Bowl stud or dud?



Argument for Stud


Without a doubt, Bush is one of the Saints' most dangerous offensive weapons with blazing speed and an arsenal of moves—and he is scary when he gets the ball in open space.

Not only does Bush have opportunities from his running back position, but he also returns punts.

Bush is the kind of player that can make a game-changing play—which often decides the outcome of the Super Bowl.

With a timely punt return for a touchdown or converting a seemingly impossible third down on a screen pass, Bush could be exactly the spark that the Saints need to win this game.

This year, in the Saints' playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, Bush lived up to his potential with an 83-yard punt return for a TD and 86 rushing yards on only five carries—one of which was a 46-yard touchdown run. 

Another performance like this from Bush would surely give the Saints some much needed help without solely having to rely on the arm of quarterback Drew Brees.

Bush has the experience in big games from his time with USC. Maybe a Super Bowl isn't quite as daunting to him as it may be to some of his teammates and opponents, and this could definitely work to his advantage.

But for these football players, once the clock starts, nothing else should matter—it's just a football game.



Argument for Dud


All of this has got to be worrying Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Larry Coyer: Or is he worrying?

In all of the Saints' losses, Bush was largely ineffective, never having more than 53 yards from scrimmage or a touchdown.

In addition, the Colts may have the perfect personnel to defend a player like Bush.

The Colts have fast, undersized linebackers. Players like these aren't going to be burned by Bush or have trouble containing him.

Also, Bush could easily be taken out of this game if the Saints fall behind early and are forced to rely on the vertical passing attack of Brees and Company.


I'm sure no one would be surprised if Bush is unable to make an impact on this game. That's what people have come to expect from him.

It's Bush's job now to either prove the haters wrong or stay under the glaring spotlight of being considered a bust.