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Jarrett Bush Is An Asset

Jarrett Bush

That's right, son.

Those are five words I never thought I’d write, but [intlink id=”88″ type=”category”]Jarrett Bush[/intlink] was actually an asset for the Green Bay Packers during the 2010 season.

No, he’s not an All Pro in the making, but the Packers faith in Bush, which often seemed misplaced, finally paid off. The idiotic penalties disappeared, Bush finally developed into a serviceable NFL cornerback and became one of the team’s best special teams players.

I was always the first to point out when Bush screwed up — and it’s happened often in the past few years — and called for him to be cut on numerous occasions, so I’m happy to give the guy credit for turning things around.

It’s been an ugly ride, though.

There were the 12 special teams penalties from 2007-09. There was the terrible cornerback play when Bush was thrust into the nickel and, later, the starting lineup in 2009, when the Packers secondary was decimated by injuries. There was what seemed to be a complete unawareness of the football, which manifested itself both in coverage and on special teams.

But that’s the past. I’m done bagging on the guy. He’s worked hard and, dare I say it, become a playmaker for the Packers.

In addition to his 12 special teams tackles (add seven in the playoffs), which was second on the team, Bush has proven himself as a gunner. He played a key role in the Packers playoff-clinching win over the Chicago Bears, downing two punts inside the 5, in what turned out to be a field position game.

He’s also proven himself as an option at cornerback, something unthinkable as recently as 2009. With [intlink id=”143″ type=”category”]Charles Woodson[/intlink] and [intlink id=”1061″ type=”category”]Sam Shields[/intlink] injured in the Super Bowl, Bush stepped in and came up with five tackles, a pass defended and a huge interception, which the Packers turned into a touchdown and a 21-3 lead.

I won’t call him a hero, as one site did, but I will say this.

Well done, Jarrett Bush.

Thanks for proving me wrong.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. FrozenFanatic84 February 19, 2011

    Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
    and everything I would like to be?
    I can fly higher than an eagle,
    ’cause you are the wind beneath my wings!

    Congrats on finally redeeming yourself Jarrett! Your a world champion now! Awesome Int in the SB!

    1. ay hombre February 20, 2011

      That might be the hardest I’ve laughed at a comment. Thanks Frozen!

  2. Asimov February 19, 2011

    Still a man-coverage liability, seems most serviceable as a zone safety. Nonetheless, kudos.

  3. ay hombre February 20, 2011

    That link is a good story about how he never held a grudge against Packer fans and instead used it as motivation to improve and win our affection.

    I think that’s a huge characteristic of this team…being accountable for your own actions.

    When James Starks ripped San Francisco and then promptly went back to riding the pine, he didn’t bitch and moan or blame anyone else. He manned up to the situation and said, “I need to improve and play better.”

    This is a characteristic of this team that I never applauded or gave credit to Coach Mike McCarthy, but obviously he deserves it.

    1. jeremy February 20, 2011

      I’ve read several times that Jarrett Bush is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

  4. BubbaOne February 20, 2011

    “No, he’s not an All Pro in the making”

    …actually he is. Some pundits said he should have made the Pro Bowl as a ST’er.

    “I was always the first to point out when Bush screwed up — and called for him to be cut on numerous occasions…Thanks (Bush) for proving me wrong.”

    A more appropriate title to the article would be:
    “Jarrett Bush Is An Assett and I’m Just An A$$”


  5. Jarrett Bush 24 February 22, 2011

    ”Thanks for proving me wrong.”

    yeah, your welcome… maybe next time you’ll shut your mouth instead of arm-chairing it douche.

    – Jarrett

    1. Monty February 22, 2011

      Negative, Ghostrider.

  6. Randy R February 26, 2011

    1 pick doesnt make an all-pro, Iv’e seen nothing from this guy, except always being out of position, a few decent tackles on special teams, and the most BONE HEADED penalities ive ever seen from an NFL player, some where he didnt seem to know the rules, that even (I) or the fans knew, and we dont even play in the NFL. he has no business being on a NFL defense, and lets at least be honest, he plays so bad, if it wasnt for his special teams play, he wouldnt even be in the NFL and thats a fact, never wouldve made the cut JUST playing defense, Yes, he’s a decent special teams player, but thats all he is.