Losing a Pro Bowl left tackle for the season should be a devastating blow to an offense.
The Rams weren’t the same when Orlando Pace would get hurt, and the Seahawks offense has struggled to recover from Walter Jones’ recent injury problems. So when the Saints lost Jamaal Brown before the 2009 season even started, there was legitimate worry throughout Who Dat nation.
Enter Jermon Bushrod.
The massive 6’5, 315-pound third-year player has ably filled Brown’s shoes. According to SI’s Peter King, Bushrod didn’t allow a single pressure from Osi Umenyiora in New Orleans’ win over the Giants Sunday. The guys at FootballOutsiders think Bushrod is arguably playing better than Brown did.
Bushrod, his unheralded teammates, and Drew Brees’ quick release have all helped keep the Saints MVP candidate upright all season. Brees has been sacked only four times.
“The offensive line has been awesome,” Brees
said. “Look at what they’ve done protecting me the
last few years, and now you throw in the balance of the
running game. It’s a direct correlation how that front
five is playing for us.”
Bushrod is playing so well, perhaps he’ll keep the job. Brown is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.