I'm not a Jarrett Bush fan. There's a very, very small portion of Packer fans who actually like Jarrett Bush. The vast majority hates him, and for good reason. Blown coverages, terrible tackling, and a knack for making a bad play have had Packer fans in the past calling for his head (Including me, many, MANY times).
But this year, there seems to be a slight difference. In fact, even during last year, there seemed to be a little different player. Becoming a special teams captain and [ace] kept Bush around. Then, in the Super Bowl, Bush lucked his way to an interception on a jumped route and destroyed the Steelers momentum. However, playing poorly in the Super Bowl (five catches allowed on six attempts, and one touchdown where he was embarrassed by Hines Ward) didn't help his cause much with Packer fans.
So this year, many of us expected more of the same. Bad coverage by Bush, good ST play. Well, that hasn't exactly been the case. Lets take a look at some stats:
Jarrett Bush in Coverage: 151 snaps, targeted 18 times, allowed ten catches for a 55.66% catch rating. Allowed 128 yards, or 12.8 yards a catch. Allowed one touchdown on a VERY questionable touchdown call in Carolina (Bush was beat, but I thought he did a good job of getting back to the ball and breaking the pass up). Lucky interception in Atlanta (in garbage time), where he was beat, but Ryan under-threw it and Bush ended up catching it off a tip. 5 total passes defensed. Has committed no penalties this year.
Jarrett Bush in run defense and pass rush: Two sacks (including a beautifully designed and perfectly executed corner blitz by Capers in which Bush should've stripped the football), one quarterback hit. Twelve tackles and seven run stops. ZERO missed tackles.
Jarrett Bush on Special Teams: Three missed tackles. Not one special teams tackle this whole year. Has downed a couple punts inside the five, but also whiffed on a close call in the Saints game, near the end.
So what exactly does this conclude? Yes, the sample size is very small, and yes, Jarrett Bush shouldn't be on this team. But the numbers suggest an improvement, and I'm not going to cringe quite as hard the next time I see Bush running into the game. One bad play could change that, though, so I'm not holding my breath.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!