Charlie Todaro

Not So Fast: Is Reggie Bush Really a Difference Maker for the Seattle Seahawks?

reggiebushReggie Bush’s reaction to the New Orleans Saints' first round selection of Mark Ingram started the speculation that Bush was leaving New Orleans.

Due to Bush’s ties with Pete Carroll, Seattle became one possible destination circling within the media for the former Trojan.

Since, Bush has apologized for his obtuse reaction and stated he wants to retire with the Saints; there is no telling what will happen when free agency begins.

If New Orleans releases Bush, rumors of his reunion with Pete Carroll are sure to flare back up. But is Bush worth all of the hype, and money? Is there even room for him in the Seahawks backfield?

Great College Production, but Not a Given to Carry over into the NFL

Bush split time at running back with Lendale White at USC, sharing the load in a specialized role.

White was the inside the tackle, goal-line runner and Bush was used all over the field, often featured out in space both as a runner and receiver; but also more exposed to the pursuit of the defense.

In actuality, Bush and White split touches at USC and Bush carried a larger load in 2005. White had 200+ carries to Bush’s 143 in 2004, but in 2005 Bush had 203 carries to White’s 197. Additionally, Bush had 80 catches compared to 25 for White over the two year span; 425 total offensive touches for White, 426 for Bush.

Both players played a dynamic role in the passing game—Lendale averaged 15.6 yards per catch in 2005, compared to Bush’s 12.9 average, but with nearly 3 times as many catches.

Bush averaged a ripe 8.8 yards per carry to bring the same type of big play presence to the running game, while White scored 24 touchdowns as the featured goal-line back.  

So if this duo was extremely productive and versatile, why the concerns about Bush's production translating into the NFL?

Matt Hasselbeck: Is He the Seattle Seahawks’ Best Option at QB?

Matt-HasselbeckWhen the Seahawks decided not to draft a quarterback in 2011, in addition to trading a 2011 third-rounder for Charlie Whitehurst last offseason, the statement made by Seattle was not largely expected; more fuel was simultaneously injected into the will/should Matt Hasselbeck return to Seattle fire.

Nearly a month later, as the collective “we” wait in limbo as the NFL and players stay at odds in their negotiation towards a new collective bargaining agreement, Hasselbeck remains a popular topic for discussion—a discussion that’s “fun to talk about,” as GM John Schneider put it during draft-week pressers, but the Seahawks have remained outside the circles of conversation.

The 2011 draft dust has settled, now awaiting the 2011 free agency storm, one that could be like no other. Seattle has multiple plans to address the position via free agency once free agency opens; that’s all we truly know.

Hasselbeck may be a large part of those plans, possibly the focus of plan A, but should he be? How much of his value hinges on the availability of other quarterbacks? Has anything really changed between the two sides since the lockout began? Is he Seattle’s best remaining option for 2011?

The not so friendly quarterback market in 2011