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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
 
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

People said Deion Sanders was over rated,too. Last I checked he was in the HOF.
well, Deion Sanders had his share of interceptions and could play corner, that's my issue with Bush. Is he a good reciever and return man, yes, but he's not a good running back. Pierre Thomas however is. As for Thomas having wear and tear, i doubt it. the Saints have another back if i am right and the Saints dont run the ball much anyway, they wont miss Bush as much as some think. they have other recievers besides Reggie Bush and the reason is becasue of Brees. he's GREAT at what he does.
Now, as people have so frequently stated, Bush is not a great back or even a good between the tackles runner.
no, he's not even close to that. Bush isnt even a good running back. he's never really rushed 15 times in a game which is why i say he's not a great running back. Is he a good player, yes, but a running back, no. he's a GREAT return man and a good reciever.
However, Bush is a game changer and a game breaker.
that is true now, i agree.
Those 2 facts alone, make him worthy of the #2 pick.
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. Drew Brees and Sean Payton are the two reasons the Saints are so good.
Let's not forget the return game, punts and kicks. Name a more versatile RB in the league. You can't. Better RB's,yes. More versatile, no.When he was in his prime, Westbrook was that and he was much better. i also think that Chris Johnson could be that if needed, but he's not. Bush is a great weapon as a return man and a good reciever, but i think the Saints won't miss him as much as some people think. Brees is known for making stars out of other guys.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:41 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

4-6 weeks starting from today.  That puts around week 10 if everything goes well.  I have a gut feeling he is done for year. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

He is not a complete back.  But increasingly the league is going to specialized backs, and he is very good at what he does, which is catch passes and run in space.  Since they have Pierre Thomas he is a perfect fit for that team.  That said, the Saints do have a lot of weapons, so they will get through 4-6 weeks without him.  If it was later in the season it would obviously be a lot worse.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Deuce, I agree 100% with what you have said.  The only thing I would add is that the Saints will now shift into more 3 and 4 receiver sets and bring Lance Moore more into the fold.  They can't possibly go worse than 4-2 in that stretch of the next 6 games and will likely go 5-1 or perhaps even 6-0.  It hurts losing Bush to what I believe is a fracture as opposed to a break (maybe even a stress fracture), as a break would have him out for more than 6 weeks, but the Saints are masters at game-planning.  Once they play this coming week, everyone will forget about not having Bush. 



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

People said Deion Sanders was over rated,too. Last I checked he was in the HOF. Now, as people have so frequently stated, Bush is not a great back or even a good between the tackles runner. However, Bush is a game changer and a game breaker. Those 2 facts alone, make him worthy of the #2 pick. Let's not forget the return game, punts and kicks. Name a more versatile RB in the league. You can't. Better RB's,yes. More versatile, no.



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

The other place this will hurt is that it will put more wear and tear on Thomas. One of the great things the Saints had going for them last year was the three-headed monster of Bush, Thomas and Mike Bell. If one got dinged, a fresh one could step in, and at the end of the season, none of them were too badly bruised up. But if Bush is out for 4-6 weeks (or potentially longer) that puts extra pressure on Thomas, and there's more of a drop-off to the number three guy this year than there was last year. I'll be keeping everything crossed that Bush makes it back and that nothing happens to Thomas in the meantime, because it could get real ugly real fast in the backfield otherwise.



Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:31 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Sister Ray,  did you see the game last night?  If you did, did you see David Thomas's TD catch?  On that play, 2 defenders followed Bush out of the backfield and the safety cheated his way as soon as he came out, leaving a wide open David Thomas for the TD.  If RB is overrated, it is the players that overrate him.




Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Sorry, but the Saints are not that good, and Bush's loss will be huge. Lots of guys have had that 4-6 week broken leg that turns into the season ending injury. Saints should be 1-1, as the 49er's would have kicked the crap out of them last night if they had not handed the game to them with turnovers. Saints got very lucky last night! Saints need every point on offense they can get because their defense is a big turd that got a lot of help last year with turnovers and special teams scores. You just can't count on that happening every year. I'm not a fan or an anti-fan of the Saints, just calling it like I see it.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 2:11 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Bush is NOT going to hurt more than i think. The Saints have a great team. Pierre Thomas may not be as fast as Bush, BUT he can catch and unlike Bush he can run the football. Bush is better as a reciever and returner than Thomas is, but as a running back Bush wont be missed at all. The Saints offense has TOO much talent to miss Bush. Colston, Henderson, Moore, Meacham, Shockey, David Thomas and the Saints also have a rookie tight end to watch out for. If the Saints lose Brees now, then you can say the Saints are in trouble.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

NEWSFLASH:


REGGIE BUSH IS OVERRATED.



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