Deuce McAllister 5.8 million and Reggie Bush 3.6 million. Each is among the top 14 highest paid backs but the Saints ranked 28th in rushing yard per game in 2007.
maybe sporting news should do a little research. deuce out week 3. sure reggie was down, 2nd year, give him a break. he was a little injured towards the end also. the oline didnt bring a game to every game either this season.
AD is a power back; they contribute right away. Reggie is a smaller scatback type. They sometimes take time to acclimate to the speed of the game. Yes, Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders did alright in their rookie years, but not everyone's like that. Bush will come around, but his first 2 seasons have been a disappointment. Hopefully opposing defenses won't key in on him as much and we can see him reach his potential.
I agree. I see people on here all the time say that Bush is in his second year and needs time to develop but really, how long will you give him before you start to question whether RB is his best position in the NFL? 3 years? 4? 5? That argument would look a lot better if he was a QB but as a RB, especially one taken with the second pick in the draft, he sure does seem to be taking an awful long time to "adjust." There have been a lot of highly drafted busts at RB that started terrible and stayed that way. The only highly drafted RB that I can recall recently that took so long to develop is Thomas Jones. Im sure there have been a few others but they would be a small minority. Most star RBs show a lot more a lot earlier than Reggie has.
Of course, AD is running behind a top 10 LT in Brian McKinnie, 4 time Pro Bowler and probably the best guard in football Steve Hutchinson, and 5 time Pro Bowl C Matt Birk. That's his entire left side. Not to mention 3 time Pro Bowl FB Tony Richardson leading the way. Chester Taylor, who I consider an average RB in the NFL, has 2,000 yards in the last two seasons behind that o-line.
Results are the only things that matter. The Saints' backs didn't produce last year, so you're going to see articles like this. I don't think they're being unfair.
Definitely true. Look at 06', Saints reach the NFCCG and you hear the Saints have one of the best RB tandems in the league.
And most of AP's big runs went to the left side of the line, heck I can probably average a solid 2 yards a carry behind that line!Of course, AD is running behind a top 10 LT in Brian McKinnie, 4 time Pro Bowler and probably the best guard in football Steve Hutchinson, and 5 time Pro Bowl C Matt Birk. That's his entire left side. Not to mention 3 time Pro Bowl FB Tony Richardson leading the way. Chester Taylor, who I consider an average RB in the NFL, has 2,000 yards in the last two seasons behind that o-line.
As for the premise of the thread, Deuce was out in Week 3 and looked to be hurt even before that, and Reggie was injured for most of the last half of the season. The Saints are also a pass heavy team.