I hate to point out the obvious, but how often do you see the Packers throwing to their runningbacks??? I know they don't have a player like Bush, but just think about it, check downs and screens aren't the hallmark of the Packers offense. Sherman and Philbin are cut from that same cloth. Runningbacks are meant to block and run in their system.
I know it's popular to say "make the scheme fit the players" but that clearly isn't what our coaching staff wants to do. They're stuck in their ways because they've seen it work over and over in the past. Our coaches have their system and they aren't going to change it for Bush, period.
That's why I feel it's best to let him go after the season. No sense in paying the guy $5M a season if we aren't going to use him right. Let him go, draft another runningback, and move on. Between Thomas, Miller, and whoever we draft we'll have enough guys to split the carries up.
Like you said, did the Packers ever have a back with the athleticism of a Reggie Bush? No. So was their offensive system by design or necessity?
All of this is hogwash. It's not like WCO's can't ever make use of running backs with Bush's talents ...... ever heard of Roger Craig? So we're not talking about "making the scheme fit the player" ..... we're talking about incompetence when it comes to making use of an actual playmaker we have on the roster. This in turn makes our rookie QB's life even harder. Utilizing Reggie in space would also help keep the pass rush off balance.
I just don't get it ..... actually I do. They don't wanna pay the man. Tired of this "well it's that regime's guy" nonsense. I thought we were trying to win! What does it matter if he's not in the long-term plans????