Sure, the Saints are on a bye this week. And even if they were playing, it’s unlikely that tailback Reggie Bush would be ready to come back from a broken fibula.
When he returns, Bush will go back to being what he has been for most of his time in the NFL — a high-priced decoy.
His presence opens up the rest of the New Orleans offense, in large part because every defense has been programmed to account for Bush. The approach has kept him from generating the kind of numbers that would make his value more obvious. Even though he never was going to be Gale Sayers, Bush could be sporting much bigger numbers right now if the Saints lacked the weapons at other positions to take advantage of all the attention Bush attracts.
And here’s how this take becomes relevant to Week 10. Look at how Randy Moss has behaved this year as a decoy in New England and Minnesota. And look at how Bush has handled himself for nearly five years as a decoy.
Suddenly, we’ve got a new level of respect and admiration for Bush.