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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Monday, January 16, 2006

Bush in 2006!

It seems that with the hype about Vince Young abounding, Reggie Bush has been lost in the shuffle. Maybe cooler heads will prevail in the coming months before the draft, but for now it seems as if popular opinion will steer the Texans towards drafting Young. Big mistake.

Sure, Young made a spectacular showing in the Rose Bowl. But Bush has proven himself all season and appears to be ready for the NFL, while Young - although a talented runner and respectable passer - still could stand to gain by honing himself further in college.

At issue is the number one draft pick. We can pick Reggie Bush, Vince Young, or trade for lower draft picks. My take is that Young would be the worst possible choice we could make in this situation.

Why, you ask? Well, I'll tell you.

First because, although Vince Young is an exceptional ground player, he still has a way to go as a passer. Sure, he holds his own in college, but against NFL defenses, he will probably not pan out as a superstar. Another year in the NCAA will probably fix this, but for now, he'd be average.

Second, he'd most likely play backup to David Carr, who in my opinion, is highly underrated as a QB. Put Young behind the same line as Carr, and you'd likely see the same result. Even if he bumped Carr out of the number one QB slot it wouldn't make much difference in league standings for the team, and Carr would declare free agency next year (as is his right), leaving us just as shallow in the QB position as we are now.

On the other hand, Reggie Bush would make a nice addition to our offensive backfield. Domanic Davis can only do so much, and Bush would provide another weapon for defenses to have to guard against. After all, there's only one quarterback and multiple offensive backs, meaning Davis and Bush could be on the same offense and easily obfusticate the defense with multiple attacks.

Or, we can trade down for players to fill the holes we're sadly lacking in. Lord knows there are plenty of offensive and defensive positions that we need talent in to get us out of hole we're in. There are lots of players in the draft that can fill these holes, and a 13th or 14th pick can do this for us.

With all taken into account, I believe we should go with Reggie Bush. He would add an offensive weapon without replacing anything critical, and will greatly improve the team's chances of winning more games next year.

I'm tired of the Texans being the brunt of NFL jokes. I watch their games, and I want to see them win.

Let's let the owners know that we want a winning team, not just a team full of superstars that have name recognition, and can compete with other teams rather than with each other.

Draft Reggie Bush. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm voting for a Bush for the first time in my life. And, unlike others who have voted likewise, I don't plan to regret it.

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