PB, it rarely gets personal with me. Passionate, sometimes, maybe even often from others viewpoints, but I've been on various message boards for nearly 10 years. The personal arguments are long thing of the past. I disagree with someone, it doesn't mean they are stupid, just wrong and uninformed
Also if you read my posts carefully, I never say Bush will be the same type of outstanding RB that Barry Sanders was. I compare them only in their ability to stop electrify defenders and their physique/athleticism. Let me clarify.
When Barry took the field, defenses had to focus on stopping him. Barry electrified by his uncanny ability to not be tackled and to turn anything into a TD, even if he was wrapped up 6 yards in the backfield, you never knew if he would break free and sprint 60 yards for a score. Bush has some of that too, but it remains to be seen if it approaches Barry's level. I doubt it does, since as others have stated, Barry is a once in the lifetime RB.
But Bush still can electrify. I think he will most of his success, particularly at this early point in his career in the passing game. An example would be him catching a simple screen pass, but just weave his way through a defense, across a field until he finds paydirt in the endzone. He'll spin, he'll jump, he jukes. He's going to break a few ankles, just like Barry did. Folks may be reminded of the opening week of the '95 season where Barry put a move on Rod Woodson that made Rod tear a knee ligament, costing him the rest of the season, and basically ending his career as a Steeler and elite corner in the NFL. That's another comparison to Barry in particular to their running abilities. Is he on the same level as No. 20? We'll see...
As for the times when the Saints drafted Ricky Williams, I'm sure many people were scared then just as they are now. I don't particularly recall being one of them. Mostly because I recall the Saints having absolutely nothing on offense besides Ricky. When you played the Saints back in 1999, you geared towards stopping Ricky and only Ricky. There was nobody else on the offense that would make you pay if you didn't. That's not the case now. Bush is purely complement as it stands in the Saints offense now. INstead of Billy Joe Hobert, they now have Drew Brees. Instead of Lamar Smith, its Deuce McAllister. Instead of Andre Hastings, its Joe Horn. All are Pro Bowlers that still have something left in the tank. If you focus on Bush too much, you may still get burned.
Not to mention the Saints have a big of extra motivation this year now that they are back in the Super Dome.
As I said earlier, I'm scared of Bush and the Saints because they are the X factor in the NFC South. Had the Panthers beat them on opening day they would have won the division title. Luckily for the Panthers the Falcons choked during the 2nd half of the season, so they were never challenged for their playoff spot. But had the Falcons won 3 more games, we may have been talking a much different story.
It's a "what if/coulda/shoulda/woulda" situation last year, but it clearly shows to me that the Saints can easily upset the balance of the NFC South with just a single win in the division. And when you factor in how close these Falcon-Saints games have been over the last few years, even with their bad defenses, with the changes offensively they've made this off-season, I don't understand why you can't be a little apprehensive at the potential of the Saints. In all those games, if Aaron Brooks doesn't throw that INT or maybe they make this big play there, perhaps they win those games. Now with Brees and Bush, they are in a much better situation to prevent those game-killing turnovers and/or get that big play that can be a momentum changer.
It seems to me the same attitude that I saw last year when the Falcons were playing the Panthers. Vick was 4-0 against them, and some fans looked down on the Panthers. Myself and a few others on this forum of course were of the more "practical" outlook that if the Panthers are going to get over the hump when it comes to beating Vick, it was going to come very soon. They did so, and quite handily. To me it's the same with the Saints this year. Especially with their offensive moves made, and that Monday Night matchup at home in front of the home crowd.