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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 6, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:36 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

while your correct that there is no such thing as a 'cupcake' team or gimme game in the NFL, there are clearly teams with less talent than others & the point i think he was trying to make was that this was about as good of a stretch for the saints to go thru without bush as you will find. Other than the steelers & falcons the other 4 games are ones which new orleans has the talent to throttle the opposition. Obviously they still have to show up ready to play and prepared, but they they have much more of a talent advantage than most of their opponents.

as far as losing bush goes, it really is gonna hurt the saints. As much as people bash him for not living up to his hype, he is an essential cog in the team. He's able to line up nearly everywhere on the field & He is one of the biggest threats to break a big play at any given time in the league. it certainly is going to limit what the saints can do offensively without him in there as an option.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:15 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

Deuce.  There is no such thing as a cupcake in the NFL regardless of teams records or past history.  Every game is tough and every game matters, no doubt about that at all. 

Bush means a TON to this Saints offence.  Teams have to prepare for him because as Prisco mentioned d coordinators are petrified of covering everybody else and suddenly Brees checks down to Bush and he's off to the races.  He has vision and speed,,, great things to have.

But I think I know where the problem lies with people constantly underestimating his value to the Saints.  People keep comparing him to what other players picked that high have accomplished instead of looking at what he brings to the table.  Could he have been better then what he's been? Maybe.. but he's still excellent and a big part of the Saints attack... this will hurt badly... just wait and see.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:52 pm

Bush loss will hurt more than you think

While I agree that Reggie Bush is an essential part of the offensive design for the Saints it won't hurt that much. You have to look at what they are facing. If the injury lasts as projected (4-6 weeks) they are facing cupcakes in six games except for two. They have the Falcons (tough game) coming up but then follow that with the Panthers, Cardinals, Buccaneers and Browns before finishing off with the Steelers. That should at least be 4-2 at worst unless the impossible happens and one of them pulls off an upset.

So while I don't like saying it as I don't wish injuries on anyone this is a better stretch to have one than some other point in the season for the Saints.

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