When the Vikings and Saints met in New Orleans Week 5 of last season, Reggie Bush returned two punts for touchdowns (71 and 64 yards), and would have had a third had he not slipped. In all, he returned five punts for 176 yards that day.
Vikings coach Brad Childress was so upset with punter Chris Kluwe for failing to punt the ball out of bounds (as he was instructed) that the coach auditioned a few punters the following week.
Kluwe kept his job, and this time around, he knows keeping the ball away from Bush is paramount.
"We'll have a plan that doesn't involve pooping our pants," Kluwe told the St. Paul Pioneer Press (scroll down to see the Kluwe part). "We should be ready for it."
Bush, who returned a punt 83 yards for a TD and scored on a 46-yard run last week against Arizona, has four regular-season punt return TDs. He averaged just 4.8 yards per punt return this season with a long of 23, but Kluwe, who netted 37.8 yards per punt, said Bush has regained his explosiveness now that he's fully healthy (he's battled a knee injury most of the season).
Kluwe added Bush is the only punt returner, aside from the Bears' Devin Hester, who can change directions while running full speed. You can see that talent on full display here...