Bush's return should provide immediate impact for Saints
Time to get Reggie Bush back on the field in New Orleans. According to reports, the running back expects to play when the 5-4 Seahawks travel to the Superdome on Sunday to play the 6-3 Saints.
<img alt="Reggie Bush " src="http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c1910342/media_center/images/rendered/blog/wysiwyg/Bush3-3089.jpg" />ICONBush expects to return to this Sunday vs. the Seahawks.
Let’s discuss this for a moment, because I do see Bush’s return to the lineup as a major upgrade to Sean Payton, Drew Bress and this New Orleans' offense. Forget about numbers or the box score, because when you have a dynamic player like Bush on the field, the game plan—and the play calling—will change. That is the advantage we are talking about for the Saints moving forward.
Bush is what I like to call a “matchup player.” Not a true No.1 in the backfield and not a player who is going to see 20-25 touches a game. Instead we are talking about using that player in space, removed from the core of the formation and aligned in formations (bunch, stack, motion) that give him a free releases against a SS, LB or No.3 CB. Plus, we can’t forget the screen package that Payton brings to every game (shoot and bubble screen) and the edge runs out of the backfield.
Bottom line with Bush: he gives you options. And he forces defenses to prepare differently throughout the week and make sideline adjustments to keep pace with the multiple looks and schemes that he brings to the table.
As a former defensive player in this league, I can tell you that weapons like Bush cause unwanted stress—in meetings and on Sundays. The impact will be there and it will be evident when we turn on the tape. Because certain players bring that dynamic feel to the stadium.
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