BGN - So first off, the obvious question with the Saints this year has been their inconsistency. 4 losses to start the year, followed by 4 wins, then you lose 3 of 4, now you've won 2 in row... Why has this team been so up and down?
It's just been one of those seasons, I guess.
I think we've all been impressed by some of the highlight reel plays we've seen from Reggie Bush in his short NFL career, but then we've also been hearing about some of his problems. Sean Payton even went so far as to call his season a "disappointment." What are your feelings about where Bush is now and what you think he can do in the future?
That said, Reggie is quick and fast enough that he can put on some muscle at the expense of some of his speed. He reminds me of Clinton Portis when he came into the league. Portis bulked up, lost some of his top-end speed, but is still fast enough. And what he's gained in strength and durability more than makes up for what he lost.
The Saints defense has struggled at times this year. They've given up a lot of yardage and it seems when you guys lose it's because the other team has scored 30 or 40 points. There are obviously some solid players on that unit, but where are the weaknesses that are allowing these huge scores?
Funny, it sounds like he's talking about the Eagles... shut down their pass rush and you're in good shape!
All the news this weekend seems to be focused on whether Reggie Bush will play or not, but with the things Aaron Stecker has done does it even matter?
Reggie, on the other hand, is such a good athlete that you want to put him in space, singled up on a defender. The Saints' line hasn't run those plays well this season.
I actually want to see both of them featured the way the Saints used Deuce McAllister and Reggie last year, often at the same time. I think that could be the best recipe for success.
If not, sit Reggie and play Stecker. There's too much at stake and the team is obviously executing.
The Saints are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs but they need to win out and get some help. If you had to bet on it, can they get into the postseason for the second straight year?
As a fan, I think they can pull this off. As a realist, I see that they must jump teams. I would give them about a 35 percent of making it, since they must jump either the Giants, who have a two-game advantage, or the Vikings, who are playing ridiculously well and have a one-game advantage.
Bonus - No pro bowlers from the NFC South whatsoever?
The biggest snub in the division, though, may be Barrett Ruud in Tampa. He affects games like few other linebackers right now. Defenses must gameplan for him; he's the heart of the best defense in the conference - and it's not close, they lead in points and yardage - Barrett Ruud definitely deserves a berth.
Barret Ruud by the way, is the reason Jeremiah Trotter hasn't played in Tampa...
Much thanks to Sunil from Canal Street Chronicles and be sure to check out his site for his thoughts and leading up to this weekend.