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Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:29 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 12:30 pm

The loss of Reggie Bush is huge to the New Orleans Saints.

He is the perfect modern-day back, a pass catcher who can turn a 5-yard gain into a 50-yard gain. He might not be the great inside-the-tackles runner, but his value to the Saints offense is enormous.

I talked to a lot of quarterbacks this summer that raved about the Saints ability to check the ball down to Bush, creating real problems for a defense. His burst makes it tough to cover him as a check-down option. With Drew Brees being as accurate as he is with the passing game, that's been a real weapon for the Saints.

Bush is ideal for the offense. That isn't to say Pierre Thomas can't pick up the slack since he's a pretty good receiver out of the backfield. But Thomas doesn't present the fear factor that Bush does.

Bush's broken leg is one that the New Orleans offense -- and the return game -- will feel in a big way.

You can bet the Atlanta Falcons are relieved they won't face him this week in that big NFC South game.

Bush might not be what many expected when he was the second overall pick in the draft, but he is what you want in a back for an offense where passing is the premium.

Category: NFL
Tags: Reggie Bush

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:31 am

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

I gotta say you are an idiot. Should be 1-1 cause of turnovers by the 49ers? Duh, that's what the Saints caused - turnovers. I imagine you're the kind of guy that says "My team should be undefeated except that every team that beat us happened to score more points than we did. But we should be undefeated."

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:07 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

What has happened to the Saints this year? Yes, they are 2-0, but their opponents are a collective 0-4. And they just look nothing like the team that won the SB last season. Gore was right, the Saints got manhandled last night (eg, 417 yds to 287 yds in favor of SF). But turnovers did the Niners in. Anyway, just wondering what happened to that explosive Saints offense that we saw from day one last season (lest you say, "Oh it's only week three")...If they continue playing like this, they will be lucky to win ten games.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 6:42 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

No it won't.  Bush is criminally overrated.  Just like Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler.

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 6:20 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think're seeing it wrong. That 'turd' you are complaining about is one of the most solid defenses in the league right now, and led the league in turnovers last season. The niners didn't just cough the ball up 5 times...the Saints defense operates to create turnovers, and that's exactly what they did. It's not a fluke. It's not happenstance or other teams giving them help. Sure, they'll give up a lot of yards...but that means nothing if opponents can't finish their own drives. It's a system, and it works.

Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 6:03 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Its always hurts as a fan to see a player like Bush get injured , he's a dogone highlight reel waiting to happen. I enjoy watching him weave through would be tacklers in an almost Barry Sanders like way ( Please, I said almost) but the NFL teams that win it all, play like a Team, a Team of Champions, every week, for 17 weeks,  and then some. Depth in a roster is so key to a sucessful season. Injuries and overcomming  adversity is a major part of the game, its the mysterious part, the not knowing part, that gives each season its own personality and stories to tell. I would venture to say that its part of what makes the NFL worth watching and sometimes even leads to the best of NFL Cinderella stories of all time. Who can forget Trent Green going down and having this unknown kid from Iowa named Kurt Warner stepping in, setting records, and  leading his team to a superbowl win. Yes, It will be a tougher road to hoe with out Bush for the Saints hes a spark plug on a finely tunned engine, but before we wright off the Saints lets see, This could be there moment in time where they man up and play like a team of champions sharing the spotlight with the all time greatest teams or drift away like any other one hit wonder.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:37 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

You almost made sense until you actually used Devin Hester as a comparison to Bush. Sorry man but Bush is 10 times the player Hester will ever be. 
Well, i agree Hester isnt as good a reciever as Bush is, he's just as good if not better than him in the return game when used there. Hester is also faster than Bush is. Bush is a better reciever, but that's mainly due to the fact that Hester really isnt great with running routes, Bush is, however, Bush is listed at running back. I think the Saints would've done well if the passed on Bush or drafted Bush.
Chicago's opponents don't go into games planning for Hester but they certainly plan for Bush... like it or not, it is what it is.
teams dont plan for Hester because he's listed as a reciever while Bush is listed as a back and that adds another reciever to the Saints offense. the ones that NEEDS to be gamplanned for the Saints isnt Bush, it's Shockey and Colston and Brees, then other recievers than Bush or Thomas. Bush isnt going to be that missed, if Colston got hurt, he would be missed and if Brees gets hurt than it's time to worry.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:30 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

I like Bush and would take him on my team but he is no great loss. Just about every RB in the NFL is, theoretically, a threat to turn a 5 yard pass into a 50 yard gain. The difference is some actually do. Reggie hasn't had a 50+ yard gain on a pass since his rookie year (2006). His longest reception last year went for 29 yards. He averaged less than 28 yards per game rushing last year and less than 24 yards receiving. He returned 27 punts for 130 yards (an abysmal average of 4.8). His long was 23 yards (I should mention that he did return a punt for a TD in the AZ playoff game). He's been a good punt returner at times but, if you consider his career punt return average of 8.1, there are many that are far, far better (and not nearly as highly paid). He's never returned kicks.

I don't see how he is the most versatile back in the NFL. He only returns punts because he takes so few hits on offense. Ray Rice, Frank Gore, MJD, Chris Johnson, and any other starting running back in the NFL, including Pierre Thomas, is just as versatile (if not more). there are many backup RBs, such as Leon Washington, that are just as versatile, if not more.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:25 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

I love how the Saints defense is a turd, but the Steelers D is legendary, yet they have pretty much the same MO, force turnovers.  mike you really don't know what you're talking about.  The Saints D has and will continue to force turnovers.  That's what makes them a good defense.  The 49ers moved the ball but couldn't get the points they needed because of the turnovers.  That's as good as a stifling defense.  And yea they can do that too when needed.  Like bottling up the great AP for less than 100 yards for the first season opener of his career, while also holding Favre to under 200.  No defense has done both of those in the same game. 

And we've been in a hole like this before, no Reggie Bush. We adjusted and still won games. People don't realize that Pierre Thomas can carry the load and that Lance Moore can do a lot of the things that Reggie does in the slot.  Don't worry the offense will come out screaming next week.  

And get over it. The 49ers did not hand them the game, the Saints took it.  They made their own luck. No tip, no INT. No strip, no fumble recovery. You don't hustle down the field, you don't recover the muffed punt.  The 49ers aren't as good and they lost as a result.  They played their hearts out and still couldn't stop the Saints from taking the ball from them.  They couldn't handle the moment. It was too emotional for them and the Saints forced them into mistakes.  The Saints had the emotional deck stacked against them and still weathered the storm.

As I said elsewhere, the 49ers played their asses off and still couldn't win. They, at best, will go 10-6, and win the division.  First round exit from the playoffs.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:52 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

dont know if that is worth the number 2 pick though. Devin Hester is also a playmaker and game changer, but he's not the number 2 pick. Bush is good, but i think the Saints could've picked another player with that pick and not missed a beat.
You almost made sense until you actually used Devin Hester as a comparison to Bush. Sorry man but Bush is 10 times the player Hester will ever be.  Hester is an excellent special teams player but not as good as he was.  Bush is a MUCH better player, it's not even close and to say any differently would make you look and sound stupid. 

Chicago's opponents don't go into games planning for Hester but they certainly plan for Bush... like it or not, it is what it is.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:49 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Reggie Bush IS one of the most overrated players in the NFL (especially now that JaMarcus Russell is gone). He is nothing more than an expensive decoy. Looking at his stats shows he is overrated. Yeah they sure are going to miss his 7 rushes for 18 yards or his 81 total rushing/receiving yards in 2 games. What NFL RB can't put up stats better than that in 2 games? If he was so good how come he has never made a Pro Bowl and never will (and has no chance at the Hall of Fame)? He is nothing more than an overpaid Larry Centers-wanna-be.

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