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Old 04-06-2006   #1
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If the Texans select Reggie Bush with the first pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the USC running back should have an easy transition.

Speaking with head coach Gary Kubiak Thursday, Bush discovered that if the Texans draft him, his role will be comparable to what it was in college.

“We were pretty much both on the same page,” Bush said of his meeting with Kubiak. “(I’ll be used) similar to the way I was used at Southern Cal, being established as a running back first, and then splitting out wide and playing a little receiver, and returning punts and kicks.”

Bush’s visit with the Texans occurred less than five days after he wowed NFL scouts and coaches at the USC pro day. But the Heisman Trophy winner showed another side of his personality in his first-ever trip to the Bayou City. Appearing calm and composed, Bush spoke to the media in the afternoon and described his tour of Reliant Stadium as well as his meetings with the coaches, players and front office staff.

Asked about what most impressed him about his visit, Bush mentioned the facilities and the team’s attitude and direction, particularly with the Texans’ recent signings.

“It just seems like they have nothing but high expectations for this season and upcoming seasons,” he said. “They’ve made some great additions to their offense this year with Eric Moulds and a few linemen. It just seems like adding those few pieces of the puzzle—hopefully me and a few other guys—will get this team up and running and hopefully competing for a championship this next coming year.” ...........more

“No, I didn’t directly ask them that question,” Bush said. “They didn’t really tell me anything directly, other than the fact that they’re excited for this upcoming draft and excited for me to be a Texan. And that’s pretty much as far as it goes. It’s still early and I don’t think that they would want to put that out there anyway. I wouldn’t want to, anyway.”..........more
2 thoughts that jump out:

1. Hmmmm, where is Mathis gonna fit in all this?

2. Sounds pretty direct to me.
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I don't know, but maybe they will have 2 people back to return kicks so that teams can't avoid a great return. I wouldn't want him to return kicks personally. I think he would be a great punt return man, but kick returns are too dangerous
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I pretty sure Mathis will continue to return kickoffs especially since he was a probowler at it.
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If Bush returns kicks it will be very seldom.
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Mark my words. Reggie Bush will not return kicks for us. They would have to be crazy to allow that to happen.
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I pretty sure Mathis will continue to return kickoffs especially since he was a probowler at it.
Except...how many games did Mathis miss last year? A backup plan would be good.
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Never mind this one is too easy...
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Having them both there for kickoffs and punts could be interesting. I wonder how good Mathis is at returning punts, as I don't think he returned that many last year. Remind me if you will, but I think he had butterfingers a few time trying to return punts.
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Having them both there for kickoffs and punts could be interesting. I wonder how good Mathis is at returning punts, as I don't think he returned that many last year. Remind me if you will, but I think he had butterfingers a few time trying to return punts.
Mathis wasn't as effective returning punts - he needs a little more room to get up to his blazing speed. He has a great top end.
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Reggie will be returning punts.

Why try to fix whats not broken on kick returns
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Aren't there normally two guys back on kickoffs? I say put 'em both back there and wait for the squib kick.
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I agree, except that on one year's evidence we can expect Mathis to miss some games because he is "broken". If he stays healthy, I'd think he has to be our returner all year.
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I don't know that I want our 50M dollar man returning kicks/punts.

Though I think he would be very good at both. Kicking to Mathis/Bush ... damn, pick your poison.

Our ST is going to be raw next year.
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In a close game where we need a good return, I could see us lining them both up back there. Much like the Falcons do with Allen Rossum & Deangelo Hall.
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In a close game where we need a good return, I could see us lining them both up back there. Much like the Falcons do with Allen Rossum & Deangelo Hall.
Situational decision making by the coaches? On-the-fly adjustments? Intriguing!!!!!!
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Situational decision making by the coaches? On-the-fly adjustments? Intriguing!!!!!!
Why, whoever are you referring to ???
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There is no direct connection between returning kicks and player injury. He's just as likely to get hurt running the ball from scrimmage. Jason Sehorn is the only guy i can remember being hurt returning punts as a 'high-profile' guy. We may not like the thought of him back there, but that's the only way to get maximum performance from him. If he does well early and returns a few long, teams won't kick to us deep anymore, then we lessen the risk and get good field position. So you have to let him try it out and see if he can put that fear in the opposing team...
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I think his game is better suited for returning punts than Mathis. Mathis is great for returning kicks because he gets that 10-20 yard buffer zone where he can build up to full speed and just blow by people. Reggie can accelerate immediately and is shiftier which is necessary for punt returns.
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Man, Mathis returning kickoffs and Bush returning punts. What a special teams' nightmare.

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Why, whoever are you referring to ???
Seriously, where do you get this idea from? If the players don't execute, how can we win games?
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