Friday, April 21, 2006

Texans Have Not Met With Reggie Bush Who Says He's Not Asking For A $30 Million Signing Bonus - Orange County Register

I'm not sure it's a good idea for Reggie to negotiate his contract in the media. We'll see how this plays out.

The Orange County Register

Former USC tailback Reggie Bush still expects to be the top overall selection in next week's NFL draft, but Thursday he confirmed widespread reports that the Houston Texans have not opened contract negotiations with him.

"There are some people saying it's because I'm demanding $30 million (for a signing bonus), but that's not true," Bush said in a telephone interview. "We haven't talked numbers with them at all.

"Right now it's kind of on them to start negotiations if they want to."

The Texans have the No.1 pick, are allowed to negotiate with players and could sign someone before the draft if they want. But their lack of a move to lock up Bush has fueled speculation that they might trade down to take another player, especially since some teams could want to trade up to select a quarterback.

Bush said he only has met with officials from Houston and the New York Jets. He said he is eager to learn where he will play professionally but decided he shouldn't pay attention to the incessant pre-draft speculation.

"Nobody really knows what's going to happen, so I can't get caught up in it," said Bush, who won last season's Heisman Trophy and left USC as a junior because he was expected to be the No.1 draft pick. "I think I've shown that I should be the No.1 pick and I still think that will happen."

Matt Leinart Has Post Draft Party Planned For Las Vegas

According to , that college football star and ever well-traveled party boy Matt Leinart has a party planned for Las Vegas after the NFL Draft.

Profootball talk reports:

We're told that USC quarterback Matt Leinart has made plans for a lavish post-draft party in Las Vegas. The same source who tipped us off to the termination of agent Leigh Steinberg and the retention of agent Tom Condon tells us that Leinart intends to take a posse of 30 to Las Vegas to celebrate his official entry into the NFL.

There are, we're told, 30 plane tickets, 30 rooms reserved, and $140,000 earmarked for the event.

The party is planned for the weekend after the draft. We hope that Leinart's people cross-checked the post-draft minicamp schedules of the teams that might draft him before making any nonrefundable purchases.

"The Next Michael Vick" - Video Of Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal

Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal is regarded by some, like the writers at "Football Fantasy Toolbox" as the next Donovan McNabb, but look closer at the You Tube video below and tell me if you don't see the next Michael Vick.

Here's what Fantasy Toolbox wrote about McNeal:

This is a player at the quarterback position that shows excellent composure and skill

I like his management decisions, field awareness and tempo he provides for his offense, he shows good toughness on the field, along with excellent ball handling skills, his stature (minus the weight & strength) and agility to make things happen improvising reminds me potentially of current NFL quarterback "Donovan McNabb"

He does have an excellent upside to his game, along with an excellent touchdown to interception ratio, he has the size and mobility scouts crave for, throws a tight spiral and adds the versatility of throwing effectively on the run, along with extending plays with his feet, making positive plays both with his feet and keeping his eyes down field trying to make plays with his arm

I feel his advancement in the pocket as a true throwing quarterback was disrupted with his and the coaching staffs eagerness to see him make things happen with his feet, that slowed his progress as a passer, that is why he shows inconsistencies in that part of his game

He has the potential to be the total package at the quarterback position, but potential can get you only so far.......

He's rated in the top five. See for youtself...

Reggie Bush Video - "Subway Fresh Buzz" / Bush Also Talks About National Championship Game

White his USC teammate Matt Leinart switches agents, the man many believe will be the first pick of the Houston Texans, running back Reggie Bush, made this video for a commercial campaign with Subway, the sandwich store retailer.

I found it on You Tube. Here's the video with Reggie sporting his famous "619" eye black code and dressed in white as if to imply that he's the angel of football. He's certainly going to be a savior for the running game of the team that gets him.

On his new blog, Bush credits Vince Young for the Texas win for USC for the national championship. He also gives some insite on his fumble after a 37-yard gain:

His blog's at

Regrets, as the song says, I've had a few. Who wouldn't when we came so close to three straight national championships, something that has never been done, only to come up a shade short last January in the Rose Bowl for the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) title?

Hey, give Texas credit. Vince Young had a phenomenal performance, specially on that last drive when he did it almost by himself moving the ball down the field on passes and scrambles and finally ran it into the end zone on a fourth down, last ditch effort that decided the outcome.

I didn't have that great a game against Texas, a lot of it due to the fact they were keying on me. They were obviously out to stop me. Other teams double-teamed me regularly, but not to the extent Texas did. I was shadowed the entire 60 minutes and never really got decent running lanes. There was always a defender in my face.

I was criticized for losing the ball in that game while trying to lateral it after catching a screen pass and moving deep into Texas territory. It came at a time when we were about to take control of the game. I made a couple of guys miss in the open field and then three Texas defenders converged to tackle me, and I thought I could make the play to Brad Walker, the wide receiver who was wide open to my right trailing the play. The pitch just didn't get to him, or else he dropped it. I couldn't see what happened because I had those white Longhorn jerseys all over me.

If I had it to do over again, I probably would have done the same thing because that's the type of player I am. I try things outside of the box, do things out of the ordinary. That's just me, the way I am. It happened to be one of those times it wasn't successful. I felt like I could make that play.

Toward the end of the Texas game, as the go-to guy, I would normally be on the field and it did bother me a little bit that I wasn't out there. Playmakers – and I like to consider myself in that category – like to perform when a game is on the line. But it wouldn't have been the right time for me to complain about it because of the game situation. And I've never been the type of person to be critical. of coaches' decisions. LenDale White was having a great game. So they decided to go to LenDale to get the job done because he'd been producing all afternoon. Short yardage, that's his strength. If he picks up the first down past midfield, it's all over because we would have run out the clock.

Why did Coach have LenDale out there while I watched, quiet but frustrated? That's how we played it all season. Whoever had the hot hand was in there. We've had a good relationship over the years, LenDale and me. I'm a competitor. I love having the ball in my hands. But you can't argue with what he's done over the three years we've split time.

It's a little tough for a running back to get into a rhythm when you're not in there getting all the reps (repetitions) and feeling the defense. But we did it the whole season, alternating according to the situation, and when you got in there you had to take advantage of it...There was no jealousy on the team at all. We were all out there pulling for each other and trying to make each other better.

We lost only two games during our careers and came within inches of winning three straight national championships. That's not shabby

A Video Tour Of Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium!

This video was taken by eddiebyun at You Tube and features a kind of 180 degree view of the stadium from an end zone. From here you can gain an idea of the sheer size of the complex and the 63,000 seats and 300 luxury boxes that make up the Cowboys' current home.

You can get Cowboys' tickets by clicking on the title of this post.

NFL Tickets On Sale Already!

Yep! Click on the link to get your favorite team's tickets!