Saints benching Bushrod in favor of Strief

TAMPA, Fla. -- There’s a very interesting pregame development here. The Saints just announced that Zach Strief will start at left tackle against the Buccaneers.

Apparently, they’re benching Jermon Bushrod, who’s been starting in the place of injured Pro Bowler Jammal Brown most of the season. There are no indications Bushrod is injured, so we have to assume that this move is related to his performance.

Bushrod has been giving up some sacks recently and the Saints must believe that Strief gives them a better matchup against defensive end Stylez G. White.