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Saints plan for life without Reggie Bush

Though his stats don’t suggest a running back who’s worth the $8 million base salary he’ll earn this year, running back Reggie Bush has a big impact on the Saints offense because of the attention he receives when he doesn’t get the ball.

And Bush can do a lot of things with the ball, as quarterback Drew Brees explained it earlier today.

“Because of his versatility, you’re able to do so much with him,” Brees said in comments circulated by the team.  “He can sit in the backfield and carry the ball.  In a heavy personnel package or nickel you can motion out of the backfield.  You can protect.  You can split him out to the single receiver side.  Certainly as a punt returner, you look at all the things that he can do.  The job that he does might have to be broken into two or three different guys picking up the slack where he kind of left off.  That’s why he’s so valuable.”

But even without Bush on the field, the Saints are still dangerous.  Falcons coach Mike Smith, who’ll face the Saints on Sunday, recently said that Bush being out doesn’t make things any easier for a defense because of the number of other players to whom the ball can be distributed.  Brees agrees.

“It’s pretty accurate,” Brees said.  “Think about it, it’s exactly that.  When Reggie’s not in the lineup, who’s getting those balls?  You can’t sit here and say it’s just another running back or it’s just going to be spread amongst the running backs.  Instead of him hoping to get five yards, maybe it’s throwing to the tight end to get five yards.  Maybe it’s taking another shot play and knowing we have that guy to check it down to.  Those touches could be spread among anybody on offense, tight ends, other backs.  Receivers.  I think that’s a pretty good assessment.’”

Coach Sean Payton confirmed that Bush will miss four-to-six weeks with a broken fibula.  And the treatment is decidedly old school.

‘You’re on crutches,” Payton said.  “He’s basically keeping the weight off of it.  He’ll do that; he’ll get his treatment.  Basically it’s just trying to keep the weight off of that leg.”

Payton said that the Saints looked at both Ladell Betts and Aaron Stecker before settling on Betts as a replacement; DeShawn Wynn was cut.

If Bush misses only five weeks, he’ll be back for the October 31 game against the Steelers, which will be played in prime time, on a network with which you may be familiar, up against the World Series.

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25 Responses to “Saints plan for life without Reggie Bush”
  1. StillaRita says: Sep 22, 2010 9:40 PM

    hmmmm, maybe they could sign FWP (fast willie parker), then again, nawwww

  2. cusoman says: Sep 22, 2010 9:47 PM

    “It’s pretty accurate,” Brees said. “Think about it, it’s exactly that. When Reggie’s not in the lineup, who’s getting those balls?
    I truly consider Brees a super smart football guy, with high FBIQ, but this statement is pretty sugar coated. When you take a high impact player out of the equation, you lose a dimension in your offensive game. This allows defenses to plan easier, and attack the expected. The expected is easier to predict when you’ve got less options.

  3. Terrell Blowens says: Sep 22, 2010 9:58 PM

    “Life without Reggie Bush”
    Seems a little dramatic doesn’t it, FLorio? I mean he broke a bone in his leg and he’ll probably be back by week 9-10 latest. That’s not really “life without Reggie.” You make it sound like he’s their best player and he got hurt for the season. If it was Brees I’d understand, but PR/backup RB, not so much. C’mon man!

  4. TheBomb says: Sep 22, 2010 10:01 PM

    aaaaand when was reggie bush an impact player? oh yeah 2005

  5. BigBear123 says: Sep 22, 2010 10:22 PM

    Think Gruden managed to pull his lips off Brees backside long enough to make a notable comment: Difference between Bush and Pierre Thomas is Bush’s breakaway speed.
    Saints have Atl in NO, Car in No, @ Cards, @ Bucs, Cle in No and then the Steelers come to town for a Sunday night game.
    Steelers have Bal (w/o Ben), Bye week, Cle and Mia(w Ben) before the Saints and have Bengals and NE right after the Saints.
    If Saints are still undefeated it serves as a good gut check. For the Steelers it is a shot at the defending champs, but it is also just another tough game in the mix of a few toughies.

  6. jonesy1124 says: Sep 22, 2010 10:24 PM

    They will surely miss his 400 rushing yards per year

  7. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 22, 2010 10:43 PM

    cusoman says:
    September 22, 2010 9:47 PM
    I truly consider Brees a super smart football guy, with high FBIQ, but this statement is pretty sugar coated. When you take a high impact player out of the equation, you lose a dimension in your offensive game. This allows defenses to plan easier, and attack the expected. The expected is easier to predict when you’ve got less options.
    ———————————————–
    Saints average more points and are 8-4 without Bush in the lineup since 2006.

  8. Bringing the Pain says: Sep 22, 2010 10:48 PM

    Shouldn’t we be talking about the Cowboys? They’re the ones going to the Super Bowl, remember?

  9. bspurloc says: Sep 22, 2010 11:31 PM

    interesting brees thinks that because last year when I had bush they REFUSED to use him like brees explains and kept making him rush up the middle like an idiot.

  10. purplepussEaters says: Sep 22, 2010 11:45 PM

    Bush isn’t a stat guy but will
    Surely be missed…. They will
    Lose next 4 games

  11. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 22, 2010 11:52 PM

    what’s this world series thing he’s talking about?

  12. HereThere says: Sep 23, 2010 1:27 AM

    In related news, Saints fans reacted by shooting at helicopters and blaming FEMA.

  13. steveinohio says: Sep 23, 2010 2:17 AM

    I got Thomas on my fantasy team, take your time O’ Heismanless One

  14. Tombstone7 says: Sep 23, 2010 2:35 AM

    Reggie is dangerous…..with or without the ball…Coach Payton is smart….use Reggie as a decoy and then use him to gain whatever yards he can get…..Not many team have players who can take it the distance with the slip of a tackle. Even though RB is out, look for Shockey to be highly involved…..he is an emotional player and will feel he needs to “step-up” his game…..look out Dirty Birds!
    I have played against guys like Joe Washington of Baltimore/Oklahoma who can dominate a game like Reggie, if healthy….The Saints will win their Divison and the “Birds” can’t fly with broken WINGS!

  15. phillyahole says: Sep 23, 2010 6:20 AM

    Karma’s a Kardashian Reggie! Boom! ( Sound of Pierre Thomas’ stock going through roof!)

  16. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Sep 23, 2010 6:52 AM

    You got it wrong BP, the Dallas Cowboys will be hosting the SB.
    At least for now…until Jerry…well, if Wade ever…and Garrett, well…
    Leave them alone. We’re looking at this thing game to game now.

  17. shaggytoodle says: Sep 23, 2010 8:07 AM

    HBs are probably one of the easier spots to replace players. Especially the ones that only touch the ball 15 times a game including returns.

  18. Pervy XXX says: Sep 23, 2010 8:12 AM

    ….The “Horse shoe up their ass” Saints are the luckiest team in sports…..49′ers should have beat you but Voodoo was on your side…Like you beat the Vikings bad? 14-9…you are very OVERRATED…Will not repeat,mark my words
    With your luck I’m sure Kardashian can fill in for Reggie and lead the league in rushing…

  19. jackbauer9170 says: Sep 23, 2010 8:19 AM

    @ TheBomb
    If you actually watched the Monday night game, you would’ve seen that every time Reggie came out of the backfield, there were at least 2 49ers defenders following him, that is the definition of an impact player. Is the guy every going to put up CJ or AP numbers? absolutely not, but he is an impact player.

  20. Rip says: Sep 23, 2010 8:28 AM

    PurplePeopleBeaters beat me to it, the Saints score around 6 points more when Reggie is out. I don’t think you have to worry about an offense that has been #1 in the NFL 3 out of the last 4 years.

  21. Materialman says: Sep 23, 2010 10:00 AM

    Yea that was it, Voodoo was on our side….

  22. Boudin says: Sep 23, 2010 11:23 AM

    Reggie is still the Saints leading scorer, though, right?
    and why are Vikings fans STILL blabbing?

  23. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 23, 2010 12:32 PM

    Everyday Vikings fans further prove that they don’t know SQUAT about football…but what else do you expect?

  24. Pervy XXX says: Sep 23, 2010 5:19 PM

    It won’t quit raining in MN, people are getting flooded and losing their homes. Maybe if we cry about it enough we can get a Super bowl fixed for us?? How do we go about it Saint fans??

  25. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 23, 2010 7:00 PM

    Well you cry about being losers all the time, so what’s the difference?

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